UTHS Panther Band


Mr. Mike Wawrzynski Director of Bands

Mr. Mike Wawrzynski
Director of Bands

Mr. Michael Wawrzynski is the Director of Bands at United Township High School and began his post in 2016.

He was the Director of Bands at North High School, a member of the Kern High School District, in Bakersfield, CA. For three years he taught grades 9-12, focusing in instrumental music. He graduated from Western Michigan University in April of 2013. He hails from Warren, MI. (a suburb of Detroit).  In conjunction with his studies at WMU, he intern taught for Mattawan Consolidated Schools and its instrumental music education program. He team taught 460 students across grades 6-12, under the tutelage of Mr. Mark Greer and Mr. Bill Boswell. 

At North High School, Mr. Wawrzynski was the director of the "North Star Alliance" band program. Within it are two concert bands, a competitive marching band, jazz band, percussion, and colorguard class. When Mr. Wawrzynski began his appointment in 2013, the program total was about 70 individual students (some enrolling in multiple music classes). As of 2016, the program had about 120 students. This result was due to increased communication between North High School and its feeder programs. This is a notable feet, as overall enrollment at North High School has declined since 2008 (2,497) to 2013. (1,576). Another facet of this program is the socioeconomic status of North High. The average family income in the state of California is $60,190/year. The average household income of Oildale (the community where NHS is located) is $16,624/year (based on the number of single family homes). Despite this fact, the program has been able to sustain itself fiscally and operate at a very high success rate. 

Mr. Wawrzynski has performed in various ensembles, including the Bakersfield Winds, Bakersfield Jazz Orchestra, Warren Concert Band, Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band, University Symphonic Band, University Concert Band, Faculty Brass Ensemble, Commencement Brass Ensemble, WMU Jazz Lab Band, and various Tuba/Euphonium ensembles and chamber groups. Most recently he has performed with the Bakersfield Winds. He has performed with these ensembles in Washington DC, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas, and across Michigan. In addition, he has performed in several undergraduate and graduate level recitals, aiding others in progress towards their degree. He is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), California Music Educator's Association (CMEA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  While apart of the WMU Bronco Band, he was a drum major for the 2012 season. Additionally, he has arranged music for the Bronco Band's half time show. 

Before his appointment in California, he was a sought out instructor for marching bands throughout Michigan. He has worked for Warren Consolidated Public Schools, Portage Public Schools, Hackett Catholic Central High School, St. John's Public Schools, and East Grand Rapids Public Schools in that capacity.

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife and two dogs,  building and repairing PCs, keeping up to date on technology, photography, and watching and playing hockey. He also enjoys writing and arranging music and drill for marching band.

Mr. Joe Angelo Assistant UTMP Director, Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger

Mr. Joe Angelo
Assistant UTMP Director, Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger

Joe Angelo is a music educator residing in the Northwest Illinois Region, primarily around the Quad Cities metropolitan area. He is currently the director of bands in the Galva school district in Galva, IL. This assignment includes classroom and individual work with 5th grade on up to 12th grade. He serves as the director/arranger/designer of the Marching Wildcats as well as director of the Elementary, Jr. High, and High School concert bands. He also coordinates the pep band, serves as music director for the school musical every other spring, and acts as technical director for the drama club. He is also the percussion coordinator/arranger and assistant director of the United Township High School Marching Panthers of East Moline, IL. If that's not enough, he is also the founder and director of Conquest Drum and Bugle Corps. Conquest was founded in late 2018 and is a member-team of SoundSport, a program of Drum Corps International.

Mr. Angelo is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor's of Music in Education. While at Western, he studied band instruction with Dr. Mike Fansler, Dr. Matt Thomas, Dr. Rich Cangro and general music instruction with Dr. Christine Lapka. He garnered his individual musical talents studying percussion with Dr. Kevin Nichols and Dr. Rick Kurasz. While at Western, he performed with most of the ensembles of the WIU School of Music including the wind ensemble, concert band, the Marching Leathernecks, orchestra, steel band, percussion ensemble, chamber winds, and more. He was one of only a few conducting students selected to conduct for the WIU Student Conductor's Concert, which is an audition based achievement. The work he conducted is entitled "Harvest Moon". The composer, Roy Magnuson, attended the performance. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s of Music Education degree from Kent State University.

Since college and beyond, Joe has been sought after as a teacher and adjudicator. He taught drumline at Geneseo, Orion, United Township, and Rhythm-Quest Indoor of Rock Falls, IL. He also taught private lessons in Geneseo, Orion, and was an instructor in the Studio G private lesson studio at Griggs Music of Davenport, IA. He has also served as a judge for recital at Geneseo High School, IGSMA solo and ensemble, and Percussion Palooza in Rock Falls, IL. 

Joe has been arranging music since he was a Junior in high school. His first arrangements were performed by the Geneseo High School Pep Band. Since then, he has arranged music (percussion and/or winds) for the following groups: Galva Jr./Sr. High School, Geneseo High School, Northeast Jr. High School (East Moline), Orion High School, Rock Island High School, United Township High School, the WIU Marching Leathernecks, and the WIU Wind Ensemble.

Joe's time at Galva has been a rewarding challenge. The program was facing a serious lack of skills from its students as well as a lack of public interest. Through tireless work, the program has regained its notoriety in the school and community. The Galva Performing Arts Boosters have grown during his tenure, performance attendance has increased, and the band received formal commendations from Principal Joe Becker to the Galva School Board in 2015 and 2017 for success and growth as a program.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys walks, Toyota trucks, writing music, watching comedy both live and online, and traveling to new places. He currently resides in Geneseo, IL.

Mr. Anthony Greer Assistant UTMP Director, Visual Caption Head

Mr. Anthony Greer
Assistant UTMP Director, Visual Caption Head

Mr. Anthony Greer is an English teacher at United Township High School and has been working there since 2015. An alum of UTHS, he was a trumpet player, mellophone player, and drum major for the Marching Panthers and enjoys the opportunity to work for the program that taught him so much.

Before returning to UTHS, Mr. Greer completed his Bachelor's degree in English Education with minors in Spanish and music from Illinois State University. During his time as a Redbird, he performed for four years as a trumpet player for the Big Red Marching Machine and was a leader in Tau Beta Sigma - National Honorary Band Service Sorority. Much of his collegiate career was spent serving the bands by cleaning and caring for the marching band uniforms, stage managing for the Illinois State Middle School and High School Concert Band Competitions, organizing the Illinois State Marching Band Championships, and much more. Mr. Greer completed his student teaching at Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln, IL where he taught senior level English and also worked with the state qualifying group interpretation, speech team, and contest play.

At United Township, Mr. Greer teaches English I, Journalism, and Creative Writing. After school, along with his responsibilities as Assistant Director for the Marching Panthers, he is also the speech coach to the four-year state qualifying speech team, musical director, and sponsor for the International Thespian Society. He enjoys developing students' abilities to perform in any way possible. Along with this, he also has a small trumpet and voice studio where he teaches lessons.

Currently, Mr. Greer is working on his Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

During his free time, Mr. Greer enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn son, and two cats, volunteering and performing at Quad City Music Guild, singing with the Quad City Singers, and hanging out with family and friends.

Pete Philhower UTMP Percussion Tech

Pete Philhower
UTMP Percussion Tech

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Mr. Isaiah Gonzalez UTMP Percussion Tech

Mr. Isaiah Gonzalez
UTMP Percussion Tech

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Kayci Kines Colorguard Caption Head

Kayci Kines
Colorguard Caption Head

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Ms. Adrienne Evans Colorguard Tech

Ms. Adrienne Evans
Colorguard Tech

Adrienne Evans (AJ) is one of the colorguard assistants, she is a United Township Alumni and marched three years of colorguard here at UTHS. She then went on and marched with the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps both in 2017 and 2018, during these two years this organization traveled and competed at the highest level and all over the nation. AJ plans to march a final year of drum corps in 2021, her age out year. She is studying at Scott Community College majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Theatre. She plans on attending Western in the Quad Cities to recieve her bachelor's degree. Other than marching band, AJ has been involved in Speech Team, local community theatres, and working as a server. AJ is engaged and has a big German Shepherd that she loves very much. This is AJ's second year on staff at United Township and she is very excited for the opportunities this year brings.

Ms. Grace Ronnebeck Colorguard Tech

Ms. Grace Ronnebeck
Colorguard Tech

Grace Ronnebeck is one of the colorguard assistants this year. She is new to the staff and she is so excited to be a part of this upcoming season! She graduated from UT and was a member of the UT colorguard for 2 years. She then went on to study Elementary Education and Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where she also was a member of their Colorguard and winterguard for 2 years. While in Cedar Falls, she also coached a local highschool colorguard and winterguard team. She is now a student at St. Ambrose where she continues to study education and works at a daycare.

Mrs. Juliet Minard Assistant Concert Band Director Co-Pep Band Director

Mrs. Juliet Minard
Assistant Concert Band Director
Co-Pep Band Director

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Mr. Craig Fitzpatrick UTMP Wind Arranger

Mr. Craig Fitzpatrick
UTMP Wind Arranger

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Mr. Michael Henning Colorguard Tech

Mr. Michael Henning
Colorguard Tech

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Mr. DeMetro Lyle Jazz Band Director

Mr. DeMetro Lyle
Jazz Band Director

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Mr. Mike Wells Drill Designer & Design Consultant

Mr. Mike Wells
Drill Designer & Design Consultant

Mike Wells currently resides in Canton, MI where he serves as assistant Director of Bands at Plymouth-Canton High School.

As a sought after drill designer, Mike has worked with ensembles across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia among others. Some of his clients have included Kentucky State Champions Estill County and Russell County, Wisconsin State Champion River Falls, Barren County (KY), Olentangy (OH), United Township (IL), Washington County (KY), Hardin Valley Academy (TN) and Fairfax (VA) among several others. These ensembles have enjoyed success at numerous BOA events and earned several State and Regional Championships as well as visual awards. In the 2016 competitive season, five KMEA State Finalist ensembles performed Mike's drill, representing the top four bands in five classes across the state of Kentucky. 

Mike has instructed some of the finest ensembles across the country. Currently, Mike teaches the nationally acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band, where he has served on both the brass and visual staff. Mike has previously worked in several capacities with BOA Semi-Finalists Lockport Township (IL), Rockford (MI), and Reeths-Puffer (MI), among others. Mike has also served as Visual Caption Head for Genesis Percussion (PIW) and currently serves as the visual designer for Capital City Percussion (PIW). Mike also teaches on the visual staff for the Boston Crusaders. Prior to working with Boston, Mike served on the visual staff of the Blue Knights, Teal Sound, and was the Visual Caption Head at the Troopers, earning a top 12 finish in the visual caption during his time.

As a performer, Mike began his marching career with the Glassmen, and was fortunate to be a member of Carolina Crown, playing both baritone and euphonium. Mike holds a B.M. in Euphonium Performance from Western Michigan University and Post-Baccalaureate teaching certificate in music from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA.

Mr. David Maccabee Program Consultant

Mr. David Maccabee
Program Consultant

David Maccabee was Director of Bands at United Township High School since 1986-2016.  He previously taught in the Geneseo and Nokomis Illinois School systems.  At United Township High School, he was director of all instrumental music ensembles, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and pep band.  During Mr. Maccabee’s tenure, enrollment in the UTHS Band program has grown from 100 to nearly 170 members.

Mr. Maccabee was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.  He moved to Illinois at age 16, and graduated from J.D. Darnell High School in Geneseo, Illinois.  In 1982, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augustana College in Illinois.  He received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music Education in 1989.

David Maccabee is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country.  He has conducted numerous summer band camps, including Western Illinois University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Illinois.  Mr. Maccabee has also served the Illinois Music Educator’s Association as Division Chair, All-State Auditioner, and the IMEA Mentoring Council.  His professional affiliations include the United Township Education Association, the Natioal Education Association, the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the National Band Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Mr. Maccabee has received citations for excellence from the city of East Moline, the East Moline Rotary Club, John Deere and Co., United Township High School, and West Illinois University.  In addition, he has received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on 6 different occasions.

Under Mr. Maccabee’s direction, the United Township High School Symphonic Band has earned a national reputation for excellence, performing at such prestigious events as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival (4 times), the Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Music Convention, the West Illinois University Band Showcase, and on numerous occasions at the prestigious Unniversity of Illinois Super-state Band Festival.  In 1998, Mr. Maccabee became the first recipient of the “Dr. Victor Zajec Award”, given to him in recognition of the United Township High School Symphonic Band performance at the 1998 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention.  In 2000, Mr. Maccabee was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association.

David is currently a co-Director of Bands at in the Palos Verdes High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and serves as a program consultant.

Mr. Eric Tabaka Augustana Student Teacher

Mr. Eric Tabaka
Augustana Student Teacher

Eric Tabaka is a student teacher at UT for the fall semester. He is a senior at Augustana College in Rock Island, majoring in instrumental music education with a minor in History. At Augustana, he plays trombone in the Symphonic Band and Trombone Choir, as well as handbells and piano. Outside of music, he is a tour guide for Augie, is involved in campus ministries, and participates in various other campus groups. After graduation, Eric plans on teaching music either at the elementary or high school level. He is excited to learn more about the job of a band director through working with the students and faculty at UT this year.

Ms. Rebecca Eden Western Illinois Student Teacher

Ms. Rebecca Eden
Western Illinois Student Teacher

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