BGSU Middle School Honor Band
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Robert H. Sloan is director of bands in Van Wert Ohio (Van Wert City Schools). His primary teaching duties are 5th grade band, 6th grade band, and HS marching, pep and symphonic bands along with middle school brass and percussion. Aside from band, he also teaches courses in Music Theory, Appreciation, Technology and Jazz. He is a member of the HS Building Leadership Team and District Leadership Team. In 2019, Mr. Sloan was named Ohio Department of Education Teacher of the Year for District 1, and was a state semi-finalist for Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Sloan is an active member of OMEA and serves OMEA District 3 as technology director, HS Festival chair, and Large Group District chair. He is an adjudicator for both Solo & Ensemble and Large Group Events. He is a graduate of THE Ohio State University (BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MME). He credits his main teaching influence to Greg Taylor, Dane Newlove, Patricia Meeks, Richard Sherrick and the late Vince Polce. His teaching style is based on humor (often sarcastic), a family atmosphere, and the constant strive for EXCELLENCE. As a conductor, he has worked with Charlie Menghini, Peter Boonshaft, Richard Blatti, and Ken Thompson.
In his spare time, Mr. Sloan is a free-lance composer and arranger. He resides in Van Wert with his wife Dawn (who is an elementary music teacher) and their 11 year old son, Harrison (who is the best piano player in the family). Besides all that... he is a borderline obsessive fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ohio State Athletics, the Cleveland Indians, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dr. Kenneth Thompson currently serves as professor and coordinator of major ensembles in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. His responsibilities include conducting ensembles in the band area, teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and repertoire and working closely with music education students. Additionally, he serves on the conducting staff of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Wu Family Academy where he directs the DSO Civic Wind Symphony and the CYE Philharmonic Orchestra. A graduate of Limestone College (SC) with a double major in music education and trumpet, Thompson received a master's degree in music education and doctorate in conducting from The University of Iowa. Previous professional appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate conductor of the St. Louis Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds. He has conducted performances of numerous world premieres, commissions and for multiple professional conferences, radio broadcasts and recordings.
With publications in the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Journal of Band Research, Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, Journal of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, The Instrumentalist, Bandmusic PDF Archives and the BCM International Web Archive, Dr. Thompson maintains a reputation as both a scholar and performer. He has appeared as a guest conductor, lecturer or clinician for the International Society for Music Education, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Conference of the MENC, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio and Missouri Music Educators Association conferences, the Missouri Bandmasters conference, the Midwest Composers Symposium and the Iowa Center for New Music. In high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, Thompson maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and China.