Call the Band Office at (785) 532-3816 to connect with any of our staff.
|Michelle Edie||Senior Administrative Assistantemail@example.com|
Michelle is a Manhattan High graduate and a K-State graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Social Sciences. She has worked in the Kansas City and Dallas area as a Corporate Executive travel specialist and has an extensive experience as a business entrepreneur. She is married to Darell and has a daughter Rachel. Michelle is very excited to be working with the School of MTD, and the Band Office. She is proud to be a WILDCAT!
|Kathleen Henao||Classy Cat Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Kathleen assumed her duties as the Classy Cat Coordinator January 2000. After spending eleven years as the director of the Golden Gale Dance Team and a FACS instructor at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Henao also served as head cheerleading coach for four years and tennis coach for five years. Her dance teams have been recipients of numerous awards and have participated in many distinguished performances. Henao has coached several All-Americans. She has had many dance members who have or are currently dancing at prestigious Division I, Division II, and Community Colleges. Henao a native of Topeka, KS.
B.S. Apparel Design, Kansas State University, 1981 Family Consumer Science, Washburn University
|Shannon Meis||Twirling Coordinatoremail@example.com|
Shannon was raised in Dodge City, KS and currently resides in Salina with her husband Kris and two children, Lauren and Logan, where she is the Instructor/Coach and Owner of Shannon's Stars Athletic Twirling Club.
Shannon's credentials include numerous local, state, regional, and national advanced level awards. She has produced feature twirlers for three universities, including K-State. Shannon performed as the K-State Feature Twirler from 1985-89 and is currently a licensed National Baton Twirling Association judge.
B.S. Education, Kansas State University,1989
|Sydney Topliff||Color Guard Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Originally from Wichita, Sydney was a member of The Pride for 5 years. While studying Elementary Education with an emphasis in math, she completed a minor in music and was a member of the volleyball band as well as Cat Band playing saxophone. Currently she is finishing up her undergraduate degree in education by student teaching in Manhattan and will begin working on her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in the spring of 2015.
|Alex Wimmer||Graduate Assistantemail@example.com|
Alex taught for five years in Gretna, NE where he was the Director of Bands at Gretna High School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Gretna Middle School. Alex has maintained a healthy private percussion studio and is an active percussion arranger and clinician.
He has performed with the UNO Wind Ensemble, the UNO University Band, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, the UNO Chamber Orchestra, the UNO Percussion Ensemble, the Omaha Percussion Ensemble, the Nebraska Wind Symphony, and the Omaha Symphonic Winds. His professional affiliations include the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Alex was also a recipient of the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2011. Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife Anna, exercising, and being outdoors.
B.M. Music Education with emphasis in K-12 Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007
|Chris Johnson||Graduate Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Chris Johnson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2008. He spent four years as the assistant band director in the McPherson, KS school district where he taught middle school band, middle school jazz band, instructed the high school drumline, and assisted with the high school concert band. He was also an active performing musician on clarinet, and served as a member of the Salina Symphony, Hutchinson Symphony, and Salina Community Theater pit orchestra.
|Emily Roth||Graduate Assistantemail@example.com|
Emily Roth graduated from Doane College in Nebraska, in 2009. Emily has taught 5th-12th grade band at Centura Public School for 4 years and also performs in the 43rd Nebraska Army National Guard Band on saxophone.
|Alex Cook||Graduate Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Alex is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University and holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Upon graduation Alex accepted a job with Jayhawk-Linn schools in Mound City, KS, where he served as the 5th through 12th grade band and choir director for two years. He is an active member in the National Association for Music Education, KMEA, and is a member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternities.
|Daniel Haddad||Graduate Assistantemail@example.com|
Daniel is originally from Seattle, WA where he recieved his B.A. / B.M. from the University of Washington in Percussion Performance and Music Education, and his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at the University of Washington Dan was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble in addition to playing with the Seattle Blue Thunder Drumline. While in Florida, he was a graduate assistant in charge of the drumline for the Fighting Owls Marching Band in addition to being a conducting associate for the wind ensemble and symphonic band. He also helped start and direct the FAU Percussion Ensemble. After graduation Dan spent 7 years as the Director of Bands at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas Nevada where his groups travelled and performed at a high level throughout the western United States including a trip to the WGI World Champioships in Dayton, Ohio.
Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association and a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.