SWI Conductors to March with Conductors in 2022 Rose Parade | Education


Some musicians in southwest Iowa will be taking part in the Tournament of Roses parade on New Years Day, but it’s not what you might expect.

Jeff Schoening, Marching Band Principal and Percussionist with Treynor Community Schools, and Abraham Lincoln High School Marching Band and Trumpeter Principal Taylor Matuszeski will parade and perform with the first-ever “Marching Band Directors’ March”. event, with colleagues from schools across the country.

“I will be proud to represent my school and our community,” said Matuszeski. “It’s kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

A bespoke animated float will lead the group at the event in Pasadena, California. The theme of the float will be “We Teach Music. We teach life, ”according to a press release from Saluting America’s Band Directors, a project of the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation in Pickerington, Ohio. The foundation was established to recognize the work of the late Mike Sewell, a conductor in the central Ohio region for over 38 years.

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“The dedication and extraordinary accomplishments of group directors are well known to their students, parents, teachers and school administrators,” the press release said. “The lives of students in particular are positively changed by a motivational leader who taught, inspired and mentored them. “

The conductor group will play “Seventy-Six Trombones” by Iowan Meredith Willson, “Strike Up the Band” by George Gershwin, Sousa’s original arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the big band hit ” Sing, Sing, Sing ”by Louie Prima, said Schoening. Instead of wearing their school colors, principals should wear a group uniform consisting of gray pants, a white shirt, a blue blazer and a red tie. The parade will be televised from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on ABC, NBC and other channels. The float and marching band will be the entrances to parade No.58 and 59 and are expected to appear during the second hour of the parade, he said.

In another relationship between the two conductors, Matuszeski taught under the tutelage of Schoening.

“He was highly respected in the region for having a balanced agenda – and across the state,” Matuszeski said. “He’s a percussionist too, and that’s not one of my strengths.”

Schoening was one of two group directors that former AL group director Terry Hanzlik recommended as teachers’ supervisors, he said.

“We have been great friends,” said Matuszeski. “We speak regularly and he’s one of the first people I call if I have a question.

Schoening also spoke well of Matuszeski.

“Taylor has a (attractive) way to connect with kids,” he said. “When he taught here, it was like he had been here for a few years. He is truly an exceptional teacher. Since then, “he has been a good friend and colleague. We work with each other’s groups.

Saluting America group directors have emailed group directors about the Rose Parade opportunity, Matuszeski said.

“I actually deleted the email,” he said. “I was like, ‘I’m in Iowa, who’s going to want me? A few weeks later, (Schoening) mentioned the email. He said, “Let’s put our names in the hat and see what happens. “

Schoening had spoken about it with her friend and colleague Pam DeBoer, director of the Ottumwa Middle School Marching Band, who will also be participating in the parade.

“I thought to myself that at my age this was kind of a unique opportunity to cross something off my to-do list,” he said. “I was talking to Pam one day and she mentioned that she had heard about the event. It was something she always wanted to do to cross her bucket list, too.

Schoening is in his 34th year as the principal of the 5-12 group at Treynor Community Schools, according to biographical documents. The program currently has over 200 participants.

The Treynor Music Department emphasizes a balanced program in the areas of walking, jazz, concerts, and solo and ensemble performances. Treynor groups have received consistent Division I ratings since 1990 at Iowa High School Music Association festivals. The Cardinal Marching Band was named Best Band in All Classes at the 1997, 2007, 2016 and 2017 Loess Hills Fieldfest in Glenwood. Treynor’s jazz groups have competed at the Iowa Jazz Championships for 29 consecutive years, with first places in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2010.

Schoening was a drumline instructor for the Southwest Iowa Honor Marching Band, a 200-member group auditioned and selected every two years to perform in bowl parades for 25 years, his biography said. He also made two trips to Europe as an advisor to the Southwestern District of Iowa Music Ambassadors. He is an active clinician, judge, and private instructor in Southwest Iowa. In 2008, he was selected as one of two recipients of the first annual Charles E. Lakin Award for Outstanding Teacher.

He has been active with the Iowa Bandmasters Association at the district and state levels. He is a past president of the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association and served on the IBA Mentorship Committee for three years. He was also a negotiator for the Treynor Education Association for 27 years.

Before coming to Treynor, Schoening taught for four years in Ponca, Nebraska. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Morningside College for four years, teaching percussion pedagogy and private percussion lessons. He graduated from Lewis Central High School in 1980 and graduated from Morningside in 1984.

Schoening and his wife Patty have two sons and three grandsons.

Matuszeski is in his third year as group director at Abraham Lincoln, according to biographical documents. He conducts the two harmony bands, the two jazz bands, the pep band and the Marching Lynx and teaches music theory of advanced placement. Under his leadership, the concert, marching, and jazz orchestras have maintained a tradition of excellence by receiving consistent ratings from the Iowa High School Music Association Division 1 since 1999. Each year he has students accepted as members. honor from Iowa All State, Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association, Iowa Western Community College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and University of Iowa Honor Bands.

Most recently, Council Bluffs was recognized as one of the National Association of Music Merchants’ Best Communities for Music Education for 2020 and 2021.

In the spring, Matuszeski will host the 25th annual Bluffs Jazz Festival, his biography said. In June 2022, AL Bands will travel to Nashville, TN, to immerse themselves in the national music scene, learn about our country’s musical history and record the fight song AL and Star Spangled Banner in the recording studio. Professional Sound Kitchen.

He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Trumpet Performance and Music Education in 2015 and began his teaching career at Red Oak High School. In 2018, he was appointed Group Director at Abraham Lincoln, where he graduated in 2010. Matuszeski is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Full details of the project are available on the Saluting America’s Band Directors website, BandDirectorSalute.org.


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