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It's Not 'Just' Middle School Band: Buying In to a Culture of Excellence From Day One

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We have all attended clinics on how to achieve an environment where meaningful music can be created. The success of a band program cannot depend on the work of the band director alone. A director can only take their program so far if their students and parents don’t share the same mindset. We will explore how to exceed expectations and adopt a lasting culture of excellence in your band program, while most importantly, helping students develop a love of music that will impact their lives forever.

Megan Perkins - Biographical Information

Megan Perkins is in her tenth year of teaching and seventh year with Stillwater Public Schools. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri. Mrs. Perkins conducts the 8th grade band, teaches beginning clarinet, beginning flute, and assists with the seventh grade band and high school bands. Her bands consistently receive the OSSAA Outstanding Achievement Award. Under Mrs. Perkins’ direction, the Stillwater 8th grade band was selected as an OkMEA Honor Band in 2017 and 2020. She was the 2016-2017 OkMEA Young Music Educator of the Year and was also awarded the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster Award in 2017. She is an active clinician and presenter throughout Oklahoma. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Secondary Music and is a member of NAfME, OkMEA, and Phi Beta Mu. 

Kyle Wiemar - Biographical Information

Kyle Wiemar is in his thirteenth year of teaching and third with Owasso Public Schools in Owasso, Oklahoma. After studying music education at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Wiemar began his teaching career in Yukon, Oklahoma from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, the Yukon 8th Grade Band was selected as an OkMEA Honor Band. That same year he was named Yukon Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Wiemar taught in Tomball, Texas as a junior high band director in the Tomball Independent School District. In 2016, he opened Creekside Park Junior High School serving as its first band director and Fine Arts Department Chair. Mr. Wiemar was named one of Creekside Park’s first A+ Teachers of the Year in 2016. In the 2019 school year, he joined the Owasso Band Staff. He conducts the High School Symphonic Band 2, 8th Grade Symphonic Band, teaches beginning clarinet courses, and assists with the Pride of Owasso Marching Band. Ensembles under Mr. Wiemar’s direction consistently receive the OSSAA Outstanding Achievement and UIL Sweepstakes Awards. He is an active clinician and presenter in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. He is a member of NAfME, OkMEA, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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