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December, 21, 2022
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM




Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams
Rayne Ellison

Rayne Ellison

The Snowball: Building and Sustaining Success in the First Years

Clinic Synopsis:

Infused with participant engagement, humor, and extensive real-world application, The Snowball introduces educators to the Four Pillars of Success, key principles that advance success through the dynamic first years as a music teacher. Plan and Work Towards a Vision Connect with Support Build Relationships Apply Patient Determination Participants will engage in a lively exploration of these principles while developing a framework for building success in a variety of situations.

Jeff Williams - Biographical Information

Jeffrey D. Williams Jeff Williams serves as a Coordinator for Secondary Music, Dance, and Theatre for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this role, Mr. Williams guides the largest school district fine arts program in the United States. Prior to this position, Mr. Williams served as director of bands at Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nevada. During his 18-year tenure, the Miller band program grew from 80 students to over 400 students participating in a variety of concert, jazz, and percussion ensembles. Under Mr. Williams’ direction, Miller bands were widely recognized for excellence in performance and earned highest honors in festivals and competitions throughout the southwest. Mr. Williams holds bachelors’ degrees in Music Performance and Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Williams is active as an adjudicator and guest clinician throughout Nevada and the southwest. When not making music, he can be found exploring the natural beauty of the desert southwest with his family.

Rayne Ellison - Biographical Information

Rayne Ellison is a retired middle school band director, having served her entire career with the Clark County School District in the Las Vegas/Henderson areas. Ms. Ellison began her teaching career at Thurman White MS, followed by positions at B. Mahlon Brown JHS, and completed her successful teaching at Lois and Jerry Tarkanian MS. Under her direction, each program grew exponentially, musically, as well as in student numbers, with her bands at each school consistently receiving superior ratings, both locally and regionally. Ms. Ellison earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Twice, Ms. Ellison was awarded "Teacher of the Year" for the City of Henderson (1997 and 1999). She was also honored with the "Steve Maytan Award for Service to Music Education" (State of Nevada, 2005), and was selected in 2004 to be featured by School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of their "50 Directors Who Make a Difference". Currently, Ms. Ellison is focusing her energies on the next generation of music educators by serving as the Clark County School District "New Band Director Mentor" to all first-year band directors. In addition to this role, she is also the co-author of “Make It Happen!” Developing Band Method which is successfully circulating around the US and Canada. Ms. Ellison is an active performer and maintains a private studio on clarinet. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the Southwest.