Aaron Welker – Coventry High School

IMG_2410.jpgAaron Welker, a graduate of GlenOak High School and The University of Akron, is in his fourth year with the Coventry Local Schools Instrumental Music Department serving as Director of Bands. Mr. Welker is the director of the Coventry High School Symphonic Band, the Coventry High School Concert Band, the Coventry High School Jazz Ensemble, the Coventry High School Marching Band, the Coventry High School Steel Drum Band, and Da Funk’d. He also assists with the 5th and 6th grade bands.

Mr. Welker graduated, cum laude, from The University of Akron in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He was active in the music department at Akron performing with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Brass Choir, Tuba Ensemble, “Ohio’s Pride” The University of Akron Marching Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and other various chamber ensembles. Mr. Welker was also active in honors organizations around the campus. Some of his collegiate honors include Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honors Association) and Sigma Alpha Lambda (National Leadership and Honors Association). In his final semester at Akron, Mr. Welker student taught in the Perry Local School District.

Before coming to Coventry, Mr. Welker worked with the bands of the Northwest Local School District (serving as Director of Bands) and the Perry Local School District. During his tenure at Northwest, his bands participated in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Events and earned straight Superior Ratings at the district and state levels. Aaron’s 8th grade band at Northwest Middle School also earned straight Superior Ratings at Junior High Contest. While at Perry, he directed the 6th Grade Band, assisted with the Perry Symphonic Winds and was the assistant director for the Perry Marching Panthers.

Mr. Welker holds a membership in the Ohio Music Education Association and also has a private lessons studio. His private students have earned consistent superior ratings at OMEA Adjudicated Events. He also has been a featured soloist with the Canton Concert Band and continues to perform with groups such as the Freedom Brass Band, The Singers Companye and local high school pit orchestras. Aaron currently resides in North Canton with his beautiful wife Marley, their two cats (Adeline and Barney), and dog (Calvin).

Beth Lewis – Coventry Middle School

unnamed-1Beth Lewis is in her sixth year of teaching at Coventry Middle School. Her responsibilities include teaching 5th-8th grade band, middle school jazz band, as well as assisting with the high school marching band.

Mrs. Lewis holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from The University of Akron. After completing her graduate work as a band teaching assistant, she taught in Green Local Schools as a long term substitute. Previously, she taught for four years in Ohio’s parochial schools.

Mrs. Lewis is an active member of The Ohio Music Education Association. In her spare time she also enjoys playing with the Sounds of Sousa Band and taking lessons on various instruments from her generous peers and colleagues.

Patrick Wagner – District Percussion Instructor

IMG_8081Patrick Wagner started his professional music career upon graduation from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1990. He toured with the U.S.M.C. Bands stationed out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Camp foster, Okinawa performing nationally and internationally as a section leader and a featured performer. After completion of active duty he served in the Ohio National Guard 1st of the 107th Mounted Reconnaissance platoon and the Ohio National Guard Band stationed in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his Bachelors of Music degree at The University of Akron performing and touring with numerous ensembles locally and nationally as a section leader and featured performer. Patrick did his graduate work at Youngstown State University where he served as a dance accompanist and a drum circle facilitator as a graduate assistant. Professor Wagner has toured with The United States Marine Corps Band, The Ohio National Guard Band, The Diamonds, The Four Aces, The Four Tops, and numerous local acts and bands of all styles. He has been recorded on over a dozen albums, which includes the Grammy nominated Live at EJ Thomas Hall with the internationally renowned University of Akron Steel Drum Band. Professor Wagner currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Percussion for the Dana School of Music and as an Assistant Professor of Music for the Theater and Dance department at YSU. His is also proud to serve as the Assistant Band Director and Percussion section leader at Kent State Stark Campus. Patrick is also very happy to be serving as a staff dance accompanist for the University of Akron and for the ‘Art Sparks’ dance company in Cuyahoga Falls.

Marley Welker – Color Guard Instructor

marley2Marley Welker is in her third year of working with the Coventry High School Marching Band and Color Guard. She is a 2005 graduate of GlenOak High School and has been dancing and performing since the age of 3.

Marley is an active dancer, instructor, and choreographer at A Time To Dance Studio in North Canton, Ohio (where she has over 1o years of experience). Her areas of dance expertise include: Tap, Ballet, Irish, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern. Marley is the Artistic Director for the A Time To Dance Junior Company and also serves as the instructor for the ATTD Kickline.

Marley is extremely excited to be a member of the band staff and is looking forward to another great year with the CHSMB Color Guard!