Daniel Valkema recently retired following a 36-year career in music education in the State of Illinois. His career included teaching at Plainfield Central, Elk Grove, Lincoln-Way East, and Lockport Township High Schools. He holds degrees from Illinois State University and the University of Iowa. Bands under his direction have performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Midwest Clinic, the Illinois Music Education Conference, the State of Illinois Concert Band Contest(5A Champions) and the prestigious Illinois Superstate Band Festival(1999 Class AAA Honor Band). In addition, his bands have earned the Grand Championship Award at the Midwest Music Festival 3 times. Mr. Valkema has appeared as guest conductor with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp, Iowa All-State Music Camp, Wheaton Municipal Band, Freeport Concert Band, IMEA Jazz Bands, and Rushmore Music Camp. He has also been a staff member of the Illinois Ambassadors of Music for 5 European Concert Tours. Mr. Valkema was honored as an Outstanding Chicagoland Music Educator, received an Illinois Math & Science Academy Award of Excellence, Plainfield District 202 Award of Excellence, and the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
Shannon Kitelinger is Associate Professor and Director of Bands at San Diego State University (SDSU) where he oversees the university Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band as well as teaching courses in conducting, wind literature, and serving as the undergraduate music advisor.
Calvin Hofer, DMA, is the director of bands at Colorado Mesa University, where he conducts the CMU Wind Symphony and teaches beginning and advanced instrumental conducting. In 2000, Hofer launched CMU's Best of the West Music Festival, which grew from a one-day event of 40 high school students to a two-day festival with more than 260 participants. Each year this event showcases three bands (and three guest conductors), a guest artist who presents a recital and performs a solo with the CMU Wind Symphony and a composer-in-residence who is commissioned to compose a new band piece. At the festival, Hofer has conducted the world-premiere of works by John Mackey, David Gillingham, Eric Ewazen, Karl Boelter, Jason Nitsch, Julie Giroux, Carolyn Bremer and Jack Stamp. Moreover, CMU's Wind Symphony is a member of consortiums that have commissioned works by Donald Grantham, Julie Giroux, Scott McAllister, Steven Bryant, John de Meij and Michael Gandolfi.
Craig Ketels was the Director of Bands at Lewis-Palmer High School from 1980 to 2004. In the fall of 2004 he became the LPHS Activities Director overseeing all non-athletic activities for a student body of 2000 students. Honored inductions include the Colorado Music Education Association “Hall of Fame”, Phi Beta Mu “Most Honored Band Director”, The Colorado Bandmasters Association “Hall of Fame” and the Lewis-Palmer District 38 “Hall of Fame”. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Ketels ensembles have been selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators State Convention ten times. His Wind Symphony has performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in 1994, 1999, 2001, and 2004. In 2001 the LPHS second band, the Symphonic Band, was also selected to perform at BOA Nationals. In April 2000 the top jazz ensemble was selected to perform at the National School Board Convention in Orlando, Florida. In 1998 LPHS was proud to have 32 students selected to the Colorado All State Bands a record number from any single school in Colorado.
Richard Shaw (BME 80) is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and has been a music educator for over 35 years. Twenty-four of these years were in the Academy School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has 16 years of high school and 6 years of middle school teaching experience in Academy, District 20. His concert bands and jazz bands were consistent award winners and were selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Conference on 6 occasions. Under his direction, the marching band at Air Academy High School earned state champion honors 3 times, were 12 time regional champions and performed in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the King Orange Parade in Miami, FL. Mr. Shaw is a Past-President of the Colorado Music Educators Association, is active in the Colorado Bandmasters Association. Richard was inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame in July of 2009. In 2008 Mr. Shaw was awarded the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award for his excellence and service to music education and was selected as a member of the Pikes Peak Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2011. In May of 2014 he was named Alumnus of the Year, University of Colorado College of Music. In 2017 Mr. Shaw was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and was Colorado’s music educator recipient for the National Federation of High Schools Educator of the Year. Rick most recently served on the administrative team at the Denver School of the Arts. He is in constant demand locally and nationally as an adjudicator and clinician. Rick resides in Thornton with his wife Rachelle.
Mike Mozingo taught band for thirty eight years, 27 years in Lewis-Palmer District 38 in Monument, Colorado. Mr. Mozingo received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education in 1978 from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Master Degree in Education from Lesley College of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bands under his direction have performed seven times at the Colorado Music Educators Clinic/Conference in Colorado Springs. He was honored as “Outstanding Band Master” by Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in 2012 and was recognized in School Band and Orchestra Magazine “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2014. Mr. Mo received a “Citation of Excellence” from the National Band Association in 2019.