BGSU High School Honor Band

bowling green state university
high school honor band

november 16-18, 2017

nominations due september 29, 2017


2017 Letter to directors


2017 Nomination Form




2017 guest conductors

Dr. Catharine Sinon Bushman

Dr. Catharine Sinon Bushman joined the faculty at St. Cloud State University in 2013. She conducts the wind ensemble and teaching courses in music education.

Previously, Dr. Bushman served on the faculty of Winthrop University where she led the Symphonic Band, taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, and supervised student teachers. She also directed the basketball pep band and conducted the pit orchestral. Dr. Bushman began her teaching career as Director of Bands at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was an Assistant Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia from 1998-2007.

Professional highlights include:
· DMA in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin in 2012.
· degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University.
· maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for marching and concert bands
· presented a clinic at the Texas Music Educators Conference, sharing her research on a successful band program in a disadvantaged southwest Texas community.
· certified by the National Board of Teaching Standards in Music.

Her academic interests include Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, cultural issues in music education, and music teacher mentoring. Her hobbies include baking and spending time with her husband, Brendon, an oboist, their daughters Emmaline and Zadie, and dog Kona.

Dr. Ernest Jennings

Dr. Ernest Jennings is in his fourth year as Assistant Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands, Music Education at the University of Central Missouri. At UCM, Jennings conducts the UCM Symphonic Band, directs the Marching Mules, and has administrative oversight of the Mule’s and Jennie’s pep bands. He also teaches music education and methods courses including instrumental conducting and marching band techniques.

A strong advocate of music education, Jennings possesses teaching experience at the university and public school levels. He has taught in the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools where he directed concert, marching, and jazz bands. His collegiate experience includes serving as Associate Director of Bands at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok,Thailand and Assistant Director of Bands in the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to his teaching duties at UCM, Jennings maintains an active schedule as guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. A frequent guest conductor, he has been invited to conduct honor bands, public school ensembles, and summer music camps including the Summer Music Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jennings has lead ensembles at regional and international band conferences on three continents including Australia, Asia, and North America. Recent guest conducting engagements in 2016 include the U.S. Army Field Band, the UCM Wind Ensemble during a performance in Carnegie Hall, and a special invitation as guest clinician with The College of the Holy Cross Concert Band, Worcester, Massachusetts.

A proud member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Jennings has over twenty-four years of military service. Commissioned in 2001, Jennings served a tour of duty as a Platoon Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Promoted to the rank of Major in May 2014, Jennings currently serves as a Staff, Observer Controller/Trainer (OC/T) with Detachment 2, 2d Brigade, Great Lakes Training Division, 75th Training Command, U.S. Army Reserves, stationed in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Jennings holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Educators, Percussive Arts Society, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Alumnus), and Missouri Music Educators Association. Dr. Jennings earned a BM degree from Limestone College (1991), BME degree from Drake University (1999), MA degree in percussion performance and DMA in conducting from the University of Iowa (2007 and 2014).

Charles Menghini

Charles T. Menghini is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.

Charlie brought with his appointment to VanderCook 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas. Bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Menghini attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Missouri – Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He also holds a Master degree in Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Hill, Menghini recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being most-influential teachers in his growth and development.

Charles Menghini has written for professional journals and magazines including the “Instrumentalist” where he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is also co-author of the Essential Elements 2000 Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all –state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state and regional music educators in-services throughout the world.

Menghini is a Lowell Mason Fellow and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement, and is an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, and is an educational member of the Music Achievement Council of the NAMM Foundation.  An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons.

Menghini is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago Near South and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.  He is Past President of the First Friday Club of Chicago and is the official trumpeter for the City Club of Chicago.

Brian Nutting

Brian Nutting is the Director of Bands at Troy High School since 2000 and has been teaching since 1991. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and earned his Master of Music degree with conducting emphasis from Bowling Green State University.  While a graduate assistant, Brian conducted the University Band, charted and served as guard instructor for the Falcon Marching Band, and assisted with undergraduate conducting and band methods courses. Brian studied tuba with Robert Whaley and conducting with Richard Suddendorf and Mark Kelly. In addition, he studied voice with Mel Ivey, and performed in the WMU University Chorale, Grand Chorus and Gold Company. He completed further graduate studies in education through Marygrove College and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Philosophy of Music Education. 

Mr. Nutting began his teaching career as a middle and high school choir and band director in Bad Axe, MI. After graduate school he was appointed Eaton Rapids Director of Bands. During his eight year stay in Eaton Rapids, the program expanded from 37 to 150 members, one concert band to three, and a second director was hired.  In addition, he was named teacher of the year in 1993 (American Association of University Women, Eaton Rapids) and in 1995 (Eaton Rapids Public Schools).  He concurrently served as Assistant Conductor of the Lansing Concert Band.

In 2000, Mr. Nutting was appointed Troy High School Director of Bands where he directs the campus, concert, symphonic, jazz and marching bands, as well as all chamber ensembles, with a combined enrollment of over 240 students. Under his baton, the Troy High School Bands have received consistent top ratings at district, state and national levels in jazz, marching and concert settings. The bands have been invited to perform at music festivals and venues throughout the United States and in Europe, where the Marching Band led the London New Year's Day Parade in 2006. 

Mr. Nutting's desire to promote musical growth in his students has inspired him to develop programs that reach beyond the walls of Troy High School. In 2009, he created the Promoting Rewarding Instrumental Music Ensembles (P.R.I.M.E.) Project - a collaborative undertaking with musicians of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Students received individualized instruction in various chamber ensembles culminating in a full length chamber music recital. Mr. Nutting also implemented a jazz artist-in-residence program with professional trumpeter, Kris Johnson. In 2011, the Troy Bands launched a community outreach program. "Taking It to the Streets" moves music out of formal concert halls and extends it into the community, seeking to reach all age groups and breathe life with the joy and inspiration of music. 

These efforts - along with his excellence in the classroom - have garnered Mr. Nutting recognition throughout the Troy School District and beyond.  He was nominated for Troy "Teacher of the Year" three times (2003, 2004, and 2007) and, in 2009, named the recipient. The Detroit News named him "Teacher of the Week" in December of 2003. In 2011, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District XVI. The University Musical Society, based in Ann Arbor, MI., named Mr. Nutting its 2012 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year in recognition of "his passionate commitment to arts education at Troy High School and to the transformative power of the arts in the community at large." Most recently, his peers nominated him for induction into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), the only organization dedicated to the continuing improvement of K-12 concert band programs throughout the United States. 

Mr. Nutting is an active member of MSBOA, currently serving on the State Music Selection Committee. He frequently acts as substitute director of the Detroit Civic Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens is currently serving in his third year as Director of Bands at Dublin Jerome High School, and his 24th year as a high school band director. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis from Capital University.

Mr. Stevens began his teaching career as band and choir director at West Jefferson High School in West Jefferson, Ohio. During his five years there, his bands and choirs received Superior Ratings at the district and state levels. Mr. Stevens spent 16 years as Director of Bands at Reynoldsburg High School and supervisor of the district band program. While at Reynoldsburg, he posted consistent Superior Ratings with the Freshman Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Marching Band.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Stevens is a frequent adjudicator with the Ohio Music Education Association and currently serves on the Ohio Adjudicated Events Committee as Band Affairs Chair. Mr. Stevens spent the past 6 years as State Marching Band Affairs Chair, and Chair of State Marching Band Finals. Mr. Stevens has also served as an Adjudicator for the 2008 London, England New Years Day Parade and Festival and Guest Conductor for several area honor bands. Mr. Stevens is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, The International Trumpet Guild, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Honorary Fraternity and The American School Band Directors Association.

Mr. Stevens is no stranger to the BBC, and was, in fact, a member of the organization in its cornet section for many years as well as a former Assistant Director. He brings a tremendous wealth of experience to his Director's role - both with familiarity of the organization and the brass band genre.

Mr. Stevens resides in Dublin with his wife, Julie, and their three children, Daniel, Hannah, and Nathan.


The BGSU honor band and select educational programming are presented in partnership with Rettig Music.