John Max McFarland received his degrees in Composition (B.M.) and Percussion Performance (B.M., M.M.) from Western Michigan University. He studied percussion under Judy Moonert and composition under Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dr. Richard Adams, and Dr. Robert Ricci. John was also a marching member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. His compositions and arrangements have received international recognition with performances all over the United States as well as Taiwan. His percussion music is published through Tapspace Publications where he is also on staff as a music engraver. John is an active music educator and clinician in the Midwest were he instructs Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, Westlake High School in Westlake Ohio, and Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio. John is also the President of New Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music by emerging composers.
Jonathan has been a percussionist for over 23 years. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he participated in ensembles such as the Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra. Jonathan was also a 6 year member of the All-Ohio State Fair Band performing approximately 40 times each summer with the band throughout the duration of the Ohio State Fair. Jonathan then attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio majoring in Computer Information Systems. He continued his love of music by participating in the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, Flyer Pep Band, Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Indoor Drumline, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. While attending UD, Jonathan marched 2 summers of DCI with the Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps out of Columbus, Ohio on the snare line. He currently works for Hyland Software, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio as a Database Engineer. This is Jonathan's 4th year at Notre Dame College with the marching band and NDIPE.
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Justine Lownsbury has been involved in percussion for over 15 years, having the opportunity to spend the last 4 years teaching at Broadview Heights High school as the front ensemble instructor. She attended Brunswick High School, in Brunswick Ohio, where she was a member of the every music ensemble offered. After high school, Justine attended Youngstown State University where she obtained her Bachelors degree for English Education with a minor in Music Education. Although her major focus was not specifically music, she was actively involved in numerous percussion ensembles, as well as the university band and the concert band, all while teaching percussion in Brecksville. Justine has been a part of the World Class Indoor Drumline Matrix, performing 3 seasons with them during her college years, having the opportunity to travel to Europe to perform. She has recently graduated from Ashford University with her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and accepted a position at the Veterans Clinic in Youngstown, Ohio. Although her career is in health care, she has always found great enjoyment in the sharing of her experiences through the teaching of percussion.
JB, as he prefers to be called, brings energy and innovation to NDIPE as our Visual Instructor and Cymbal Technician. His percussion performance background spans over 10 years with multiple ensembles. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 2008 where he played Snare and Tenors in the marching band and participated in Pep-Band and Percussion Ensemble. In 2007 and 2008 he marched cymbals for Matrix, but he spent his last eligible season teaching and playing cymbals for NDIPE in 2013. Since NDIPE’s beginning he is the programs’ first age out. Currently, Jordan is the Percussion Director at Avon Lake High School and works at Imperial Tool and Die Manufacturing Co. as a Machinist. He is pursuing degrees in Science Technology and Business Management at Cuyahoga Community College. After graduation he dreams of starting a business building custom drum sets. Jordan's understanding of the indoor activity, and his technical skill set create a great opportunity for our show design. He makes our design dreams a reality when building our “larger than life” props for the show. JB says, “Teaching is not just about instructing the students… It is about giving everything you possibly have to help the students succeed, and if that means building massive, elaborate props then that is what I will do.”