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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 White MS, followed by positions at Brown Junior High School and completing her successful teaching at 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. Twice the recipient of "Teacher of the Year" for the City of Henderson. She was also honored with the Maytan Award for Service to Music Education for the State of Nevada and was featured in the School Band and Orchestra Magazine's "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" in 2004. Currently, she serves as the Middle School Band Mentor to all first-year band directors in the Clark County School District. Ms. Ellison was recently elected to Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity, and was named Secretary/Treasurer for the Nevada Chapter. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout Nevada. During her tenure in CCSD schools, Ms. Ellison was active administratively at both the local and state levels in the State of Nevada. She served as CCSD Secondary Music Task Force Chair, MS Band Representative for CCSD, MS Representative and Webmaster for the Nevada Music Educators Association, MS Representative for the Southern Nevada Band Directors Association, and was the CCSD MS Band Festival Chair for 15 years.