MER 09: Student Leadership

Emmett and Brandon welcome Nathan Johnston, former director of bands at McClintock High School and Jordan Sayre from Valencia High School in Los Lunes, New Mexico. We discuss the process of finding, cultivating, and selecting student leaders; the roles student leadership can play in a successful program; common challenges; and ways to assess if your student leadership structure is working.

Nathan Johnston

Nathan Johnston is pursuing a PhD in Music Education in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He conducts the Wind ensembles within the Phoenix Youth Symphony organization. Additionally, he is the Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Mesa Community College and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at Ottawa University in their music education program. Prior to ASU, Nathan was the Director of Bands at McClintock High School. Nathan completed his M.Ed. from Auburn University and B.M. from Arizona State University. He continues to work actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor around Arizona.

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

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