Aaron Welker, a graduate of GlenOak High School and The University of Akron, is in his sixth 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, and DaFunk’d. He also assists with the bands at Coventry Middle School.
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, National Association for Music Education, and serves as an adjudicator for OMEA. His ensembles at Coventry have earned consistent superior and excellent ratings at OMEA Marching Band and Large Group Adjudicated Events (both state and district levels). Under the leadership of Mr. Welker, the Coventry Bands have also been invited to perform at The University of Akron Band Clinic, Kent State University Partnership Concert, and the 2021 Peach Bowl.
Beth Lewis is in her eighth year of teaching at Coventry Middle School. Her responsibilities include teaching 5th-8th grade band, middle school jazz band, and has assisted with the high school marching band and middle school choirs.
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.
Coventry High School Marching Band Staff
Rich Eder – Assistant Director
Mitch Watson – Percussion Instructor
Connor Smith – Percussion Instructor