Mr. William Boswell, Associate Director of Bands

Bill Boswell is in his eighth year of teaching with the Mattawan Bands after coming from the Dryden Community Schools where he was director of music for grades K-12 for two years. Bill works with the sixth and eighth grade bands, high school marching band, and is the symphonic band director.

 

Bill holds a B.M. in Music Education from Michigan State University and recently completed his M.E. in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University. He is an active adjudicator for Scholastic Marching Bands and the Michigan Color Guard Circuit as well as a number of indoor percussion circuits outside the state. He also works as an arranger and consultant for the Legends Performing Arts Association as well as a number of high school programs.

 

In his spare time Bill enjoys hiking and spending time with his daughter, Charlee.

Mrs. Beth Jonker, Associate Director of Bands

Beth Jonker is in her third year teaching with the Mattawan Bands after spending fourteen years as the Director of Bands in Parchment, Michigan and two years in Mendon. Beth is the co-director for the marching band and 6th grade band; and is the lead director for the 7th grade band and HS Concert Band.

 

Beth attended the University of Michigan for two years as a trumpet music education major and a member of the Michigan Marching Band. Beth graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.M. in Music Education and an M.M.E. in Music Education with a cognate in trumpet performance.

 

Beth is currently the summer Band Director at Camp Wakeshma in Three Rivers, Michigan. In the summer of 2015, she traveled as a staff member with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

 

In her free time she enjoys playing trumpet; camping, fishing and kayaking on her family farm; and spending time with her family. Beth has 3 children: Ryan (27) a Percussion Instructor/Arranger and recently auditioned member of the Commandant’s Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps; April (24) a Design and Sales Rep at FJM Uniform Company; and Maggie (15) a sophomore, tech crew member, and trumpet player in the Mattawan Band.

Mrs. Stephanie Roof, Instrumental Music Paraprofessional

Stephanie Roof is in her first year with the Mattawan Band Program. She received her B.M. in Music Education and Flute Performance from Western Michigan University under professors Christine Smith and Martha Councell-Vargas. There she performed in the WMU Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Flute Choir as well as the Kalamazoo Civic and Centre Stage Theatre. Additionally, she co-directed the WMU Flute Choir, co-taught a masterclass for a WMU Middle School Honor’s Band, and worked with the Parchment, Plainwell, Schoolcraft, and Gull Lake band programs. Stephanie received her M.M. in Flute Performance from Ball State University under professor Mihoko Watanabe. There, she was active in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra; Ball State University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She also directed the BSU Flute Choir, coached the undergraduate woodwind quintet, and worked with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Youth Wind Ensemble. Since 2006, Stephanie has taught private flute lessons at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level. She has also participated in various performances and masterclasses including Beyond the Masterclass with Jim Walker (2015), BSU New Music Festival (2015), Greater Indianapolis Flute Fest (2015), and BSU Flute Day (2014 & 2015).

 

In 2007, Stephanie had the opportunity to travel with the Southwest Michigan Ambassadors of Music as a student.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Portage.