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Michael Krueger, M.M. 
Interim Director of Instrumental Studies, Music Theory Head,
Adjunct Faculty in Music Theory & Composition

mkrueger@ndc.edu
Regina 209
216-373-6399
MM, Butler University
BM, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Michael David Krueger (b.1990) is an educator, composer, and conductor. Currently, Michael is the Interim Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Theory Head at Notre Dame College. At NDC, Michael directs the NDC Wind Symphony and NDC Falcon Marching Band, teaches applied composition lessons, and teaches academic courses in music theory. Michael is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator for wind ensembles and marching band around the United States. In 2016, Michael joined the drum major and student leadership staff for Fred J. Miller.

Michael mostly composes for wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, and marching ensembles. Michael's most popular piece, For Patrick, has been a featured composition on The Composers Circle and Musicuratum. For Patrick has also been featured at  several honor band concerts and conferences, including the 2016 SIUE Bi-State Band Festival and the 2014 Southwest CBDNA Conference. In June of 2017, Michael's composition, Alone, will be performed at the International Trombone Festival. ​ In 2015, Michael's Concerto for Tuba  was selected for a performance at the ITEC Regional Conference in Oklahoma by Adam Stevens. In 2014, Michael was honored to be a featured composer with the Truman State University Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association's Southwest Conference. Michael has a served as a composer-in-residence and/or composer clinician recently with Fort Zumwalt South High (2017), Althoff Catholic High (2016), Lewis Central High (2016), Glenvar High (2016), SIUE Bi-State (2016), and Truman State University for the CBDNA Regional Conference (2014).

Michael has received commissions from dozens of ensembles and soloists. Wind ensemble works have been commissioned by the Truman State University Wind Symphony, Butler University Wind Ensemble, Barat Academy Band, Fort Zumwalt South High School Bands, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wind Symphony, Glenvar Wind Ensemble, and the Vestal Middle School Concert Band. In 2016, a consortium of fifteen bands led by Mr. Greg Allen, formed to create Michael's Symphony 3.​  Michael has received marching band commissions from numerous high school and collegiate marching and pep bands. Chamber and solo works have been commissioned by Ian Hayden, Nick Pyles, Adam Stevens, Leah C. Stevens, and Dr. Matthew Hoormann.

In 2013, Michael moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and served as the Graduate Assistant/Assistant Conductor for the Butler University Wind Ensemble. In Indianapolis, Michael was the creator and director of North Meridian Brass Choir. Michael has also served as the brass director for Fort Zumwalt South High School and as a brass teacher for Warrenton High School.

Michael holds a Masters of Music in Music Composition from Butler University and a Bachelor of  Arts in Music Composition from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Michael's primary teachers have included Dr. Michael Schelle, Dr. Robert Grechesky, Dr. John Bell, Professor Michael Colburn, Dr. Kimberly Archer, and Professor Jim Martin. Michael is currently a member of ASCAP, OMEA, and  US Bands (formerly USSBA). Michael is also an honorary member of  Kappa Kappa Psi.

 

Alicia Gallucci, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Woodwind Studies, Music History, Music Theory
agallucci@ndc.edu
MM, Cleveland State University
BM, Kent State University

Alicia Gallucci joined the Notre Dame College Performing Arts Department in the Fall of 2016. In Fall of 2017, Alicia was promoted to Adjunct Faculty in Music. Alicia has taught flute clinics throughout Northeast Ohio, working with the flute sections of the Medina Musical Bees Marching Band and St. Edwards High School.

As an active performer, Alicia is a flutist of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as her woodwind quintet. Alicia has performed masterclasses for Principal Flutist of the WestVirginia Symphony, Lindsey Goodman, and Assistant Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tabatha Easely.

Alicia received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at Cleveland State University in 2016, studying under the direction of Sean Gabriel. While attending Cleveland State University, Alicia held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music History. She was an active performer in the University ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. In 2012, Alicia earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at Kent State University under the direction of Diane McCloskey.

 

Justin Rowan, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Brass Studies, Music Theory
jrowan@ndc.edu
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Kennesaw State Univeristy

Justin Rowan is an eclectic and versatile musician from Atlanta. A passionate performer, he has cultivated a career performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Atlanta area and now in the Midwest. Justin holds the 2017 Summit Foundation Chair in the National Repertory Orchestra, and was twice selected as a fellow for the Texas Festival Orchestra and Round Top Festival Institute. He has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the country, and appeared recently as a featured soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

In 2017 Justin completely his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While there he studied intensely under Cleveland Orchestra trumpeters Michael Miller and Michael Sachs. He also performed actively with the CIM orchestra and opera programs. While earning his B.M. in Music Performance Kennesaw State University, he also studied with Jennifer Marotta, Thomas Hooten, Dr. Douglas Lindsey, and Karin Bliznik. Other strong influences include Raymond Riccomini and Marie Speziale. While attending Kennesaw State, he was an active performer in all musical outlets and styles. He performed with the Kennesaw State Jazz Ensemble 1 as lead trumpet, as well as in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as principal trumpet. In 2011, Justin performed with the KSU Symphony orchestra on a concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China.

Another highlight of Justin’s career was the time he spent with “Spectacle Brass”, a group which he played a role in founding. In the summer of 2014 he attended the Bay View Music Festival and Spectrum Brass Seminar on scholarship with his colleagues in Spectacle Brass. In 2013 he studied extensively with José Sibaja and Boston Brass, and also played alongside them with the Colorado Brass Band at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Justin also was a finalist in the 2013 Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition with Spectacle Brass. In 2012, he was selected as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association All-College Band. In January of 2013, he played principal trumpet in the Kennesaw State University production of Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”, and in 2011 he performed in the same role on stage with the world renowned rock band “Kansas”.

Rowan has also been active as an avid educator. In 2015 he joined the brass instructional staff of the seven-time World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. 2014 saw the beginning of his collaboration with Jupiter Band Instruments as an Educational Ambassador. Since 2012 he has fulfilled the duties of Educational Outreach Coordinator with Spectacle Brass where he worked with numerous local school music programs to provide chamber concerts and master classes for music students of all ages. He has maintained a studio of fifteen to twenty students throughout Metro Atlanta, and works with many middle and high school programs and their brass sections, and has served as a visual and brass instructor for multiple marching band programs. Justin has served as the Vice President and Treasurer of Kennesaw State University‘s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

 

Jeff Larch
Percussion Instructor
BM, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music

Jeff Larch is a freelance percussionist and composer in the Cleveland area. He has been playing drums since he was big enough to hold sticks. Playing percussion has lead to him performing in a wide variety of venues on a wide variety of instruments. His percussion performance career began at Willoughby South High School, where he was a member of the drumline for 4 years, along with playing percussion in the jazz band, percussion ensemble, and wind ensembles on Tuba. He graduated in 2011 and has been teaching the percussion section since graduation. In addition to directing the percussion section, he is also in his first year of designing and composing the competition show.

Teaching the percussion section at NDC is not Jeff's first experience with NDC. He was a founding member of NDIPE (Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble), and completed two seasons (2011-2012) on the tenor line. The experience he gained at Notre Dame College lead to him performing with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps as section leader of the quad line for the 2012 season, and as a member of the snare line for the 2013 season. After performing at Legends, Jeff went on to perform with the Cleveland Browns Drumline for 3 years on tenors.

Jeff holds a B.M. in Percussion from Baldwin Wallace University which he completed in 2015. During his time at BW, Jeff took every opportunity to perform and teach. This lead to him performing in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from the percussion ensemble to the opera. He was also a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra, where he was principle timpanist for his final two years in the ensemble. In addition to teaching private lessons, he had the opportunity to teach with the BW New Horizons music program which gives the elderly population a chance to learn music from the music students and staff at colleges around the country. Outside of teaching percussion, Jeff performs with two bands and gigs as a concert percussionist and pit musician around the north-east Ohio area. Jeff is excited to be involved with the program that gave him so many opportunities when he was a student, and he looks forward to giving current students the same experience.
 

Trisha Lownsbury
Color Guard Instructor 
band@ndc.edu

Trisha Lownsbury is extremely excited to return to Notre Dame College for her second year as the Color Guard Instructor. Hailing from Brunswick, Ohio, where she marched with the Brunswick High School Marching Blue Devils Color Guard, she spent 4 years learning about and performing the fine art of rifle, saber, flag, and dance.

Trisha is currently the Sales lead or "Deli Manager," and Keyholder at her 6th Heinens location in Hudson, OH. Having previously managed at multiple Heinen’s locations, Trisha has been selected three separate times to assist in the opening and standing up of three different Chicago locations and the newest location in downtown Cleveland.

And while Trisha has found a career with Heinen’s, she finds true balance in her life through the pursuing and teaching of color guard and the performing arts.

 

Mishannda Hissam, B.A.
Majorette Instructor 
mhissam@ndc.edu
BA, Notre Dame College

Mishannda Hissam began her twirling career at age 8 by becoming a part of the Twilight Twirlers. She continued as a twirler through the summer of 2012 when she officially became an instructor for her group. She was the featured twirler of this parade unit from 2010-2012. Mishannda also twirled competitively with Mirage Twirling Corp under the direction of Denetra Sherman. Although she was just starting in the competition scene, Mishannda won her very first pageant at Twirling Unlimited's 2011 Regional Championship. Since then, she has also won various other international, regional and state titles. The Twilight Twirlers have gone on to make a name for themselves in the competitive world and have brought have 6 International titles as well as various other regional titles. Mishannda was a Madison High School Majorette for all three years of eligibility. Since graduating high school in 2012, she attended Notre Dame College where she received a Bachelor's degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in English Language Arts and Political Science. She also marched 5 seasons with Notre Dame Falcon Marching Band herself as a majorette. In addition to the Twilight Twirlers and the NDC Majorettes, she also coaches the Maddison Middle School 7-8 grade cheerleaders and has most recently taken the position as majorette and colorguard advisor at Fairport Harding High School in Fairport Harbor. 

"I am greatly looking forward to instructing where I spent so many years of my twirling career. Coaching at NDC in this growing band program is going to allow for so much freedom, flexibility, and opportunity for future twirlers. I cannot wait to get started!" 

 

Michael Martinek, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Performing Arts, Pep Band Instructor 
mmartinek@ndc.edu
Regina 210
216-373-6499
MEd, Notre Dame College
BA, Notre Dame College

Michael S. Martinek, currently the Assistant Director of Performing Arts at Notre Dame College has been involved in Northeast Ohio performing arts for over 8 years. At NDC he is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the NDC Performing Arts Department.  A native of Cleveland, Michael is a graduate of Notre Dame College in 2013, with a degree in Management Information Systems and in 2014 with a Master’s in Technology Education. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Ashland University.  While a student at NDC, Michael was a four-year member and the founding Drum Major in the Notre Dame College “Falcon” Marching Band and a dedicated member of the College’s Choir. After serving as Graduate Assistant for Performing Arts (2013-2014) while working on his Master’s Michael served as Assistant Director of Performing Arts and Facilities (2015) here at NDC. After a two-year term as a Technology Coordinator and Teacher in K-8 education he has returned to Notre Dame College. Michael has conducted various choral and instrumental ensembles; provided theatrical, technical, box office, and event oversight; and served in various behind the scenes roles of Stage Manager, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Projection Designer, Set Designer, Technical Director, House Manager, and Event Consultant to vast number of choral, instrumental, and theatrical productions at Saint Ignatius High School’s Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Notre Dame College, French Creek Theatre, TrueNorth Cultural Arts, and Mercury Theatre Company. 

 

Holli Raprose, M.Ed. 
Front Ensemble Music Instructor
hraprose@ndc.edu
MEd, John Carroll University 
BA, Kent State University

Holli Rapose has been a part of the NDC family since 2011 and is excited to join the marching band staff in the fall of 2017. Holli played bass drum in the marching band in 2011, when the program was only in its second year. She then went on to play marimba for three years in the colleges competitive group, Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble. That experience had a significant impact on Holli's musical career and life, and led her to spend two summers playing marimba on tour with Legends Drum & Bugle Corps.

When Holli was not rehearsing with her various ensembles, she was busy earning a bachelor's degree in English at Kent State University. She recently finished her master's degree in education At John Carroll University and will begin teaching 7th grade Language Arts at Shaker Heights Middle School this year. She is also returning to Willoughby South High School as their front ensemble instructor.

 

Bryan Hannaford, M.M.
Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Instrumental Music
MM,  Cleveland State University
MA, Case Western Reserve University

BA,  California State University-Fresno

Bryan Hannaford became Director of Bands for Notre Dame College in the fall of 2016. As Director of Bands he directs the Falcon Marching Band, Concert Band, and Pep Band.

Prior to being appointed Director of Bands Bryan served as Assistant Director of Bands and Performing Arts Recruitment Coordinator for Notre Dame College. Before NDC Bryan taught in the Kirtland Local Schools in Kirtland, Ohio. He taught Kindergarten through High School at various times in his career. While at Kirtland, Bryan taught elementary music, beginning band, middle school band, jazz ensemble, concert band, and the Kirtland Hornet Marching Band.

After four years of working as a music educator in public schools Bryan decided to return to graduate school to pursue a Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance. During this time, Bryan also studied withprivate teachers on both flute and clarinet. He played in jazz combo, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, and saxophone quartet. When not working at Notre Dame College Bryan can be found directing the John Carroll University Jazz Ensemble, coaching saxophones of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, teaching private lessons on saxophone and clarinet, or performing live music in the Cleveland area.

In fall of 2017, Bryan accepted the position of Director of Bands at North Idaho College, where he will conduct the Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and Pep Band, and teach music history. 

Bryan received his Bachelors of Arts in Music degree from California State University, Fresno, his Masters of Arts in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, and his Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance from Cleveland State University.

 

 
 
 

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