2017-18 Athletic Bands Staff
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Megan Cooney
Director of Athletic Bands:
Phone: 563-333-6120

Professor Megan Cooney serves as Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Band Director, and Instructor of Percussion Studies at St. Ambrose University. She conducts the university Pep Band and is heading the establishment of the St. Ambrose University Marching Band. Additionally, she teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion methods, and undergraduate conducting courses.

Cooney is a native of New Jersey and earned her B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Rowan University in 2011 with a concentration in percussion performance. While at Rowan she studied conducting with Lieutenant Commander Dr. John Pastin and percussion performance with Professor Dean Witten.

In 2014 Cooney earned her M.M. in Wind Conducting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; studying under the mentorship of Dr. James Patrick Miller. During her graduate degree she continued her study of percussion performance and contemporary music with Professor Ayano Kataoka. For over seven years Cooney has held professional teaching and staff appointments with athletic band programs across the country, including the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band under the leadership of Director Dr. Timothy Anderson.

From 2014 to 2015 Professor Cooney served as the Director of Bands and Head of Instrumental Music at Luther North College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. During her time in Chicago she was also a music instructor with the globally recognized organization, El Sistema Ravinia. From 2015 to 2016 Cooney served as Percussion Director for the Williamstown Band of Spirit in Williamstown Kentucky; instructing marching percussion, chamber ensembles, percussion methods, and private lessons.

In 2015, Cooney was named a conducting fellow with the Cortona Sessions for New Music where she directed three world premiere performances. During her time at UMass she was nominated for the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award given at the university for teaching faculty or graduate students. While at Rowan University she received the W. Clarke Pfleeger Award for Musical Excellence. Cooney is also a member of the nationally recognized music organization Sigma Alpha Iota.

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Dr. Nick Enz
Director of Bands:
Phone: 563-333-6149

Nicholas Enz serves as the Director of Bands at St. Ambrose University where he conducts the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in music and music education.

Enz is an active guest conductor and clinician with appearances throughout the midwest including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio.

Prior to his appointment at St. Ambrose University, he served as the Director of Bands at Michigan Technological University. Under Enz's leadership, the Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony embarked on six performance tours and was honored as an ensemble-in-residence at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The 250-member Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band was selected four times by the WCHA as the host band for the WCHA Final Five Hockey Tournament.

In addition to wind conducting, Enz is both an active jazz educator and performer. Enz founded the Keweenaw Area Jazz Band for the Copper Country Intermediate School District's nine high schools. He received eight grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support this project. Under his leadership the jazz band received numerous awards and recognitions including "Outstanding Jazz Ensemble" at the Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival and second place at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

Dr. Enz served on the K-12 Music Curriculum and Standards Review Committee for the State of Michigan. As a saxophonist, he has recently performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He was a featured soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

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Natalie Jones
Media and Marketing:

Natalie Jones is the Media and Marketing work-study for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bee Band. She is a member of the Class of 2020 majoring in Strategic Communications and Graphic Design.

Jones also serves as the Social Media Chair for St. Ambrose Dance Marathon and is a part of Students Emerging As Leaders (SEAL). She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa, and is a graduate of City High School.

When not behind the camera with the Fighting Bee Band you will Natalie doing freelance graphic design and updating her successful photography web page https://photosbynataliejones.smugmug.com/  

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Elizabeth Lange
Music Librarian:

A junior at St. Ambrose, Elizabeth is a elementary education major who plays alto saxophone in the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Bands. As music librarian for the Fighting Bee Band she is responsible for many tasks. Her primary responsibility is to copy, catalog, and distribute music to all band members.

Outside of being the band's music librarian Elizabeth is involved in many activities including: playing volleyball at St. Ambrose, being treasurer of the Chemistry Club, and participating on the Campus Activities Board. She also enjoys coaching volleyball, hanging out with friends, and going to watch her fellow band member's performances in the university's additional music ensembles. 

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Rachel Rivard
Band Camp - Instructional/Visual Special:

Rachel Rivard is the current Band Director at Chestnut Middle School in Springfield, Massachuetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she recieved her Bachelor of Muisc Education Degree and is currently in pursuit of a Master of Music Education Degree with an Autism Concentrstion at The Boston Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. As a three year Drum Major for the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, she facilitated visual and musical rehearsals of the 400 memeber band instructing beginners and advanced performers.

She has worked with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy for five years helping leaders in band and Drum and Bugle Corps develop teaching techniques, conducting, and marching skills. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, and has designed and implemented band camps throughout the Northeastern United States. 

Charles O'Brien
Band Camp - Low Brass Specialist:

Charles O'Brien is the Director of Instrumental Music at Tomah High School in Tomah, Wis., where he conducts the wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, show band, and teaches private lessons and music theory.

Prior to teaching in Tomah, Mr. O'Brien was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his time at UMass, Mr. O'Brien worked with the 400 member UMass Minuteman Marching Band, Hoop Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Band. O'Brien also served as the Director of Admissions for the Music Department and organized one of the largest Honor Bands in New England.

Originally from Mundelein, Ill., Mr. O'Brien holds the MM degree in conducting from the University of Massachusetts where he studied conducting with Dr. James Patrick Miller and Euphonium with Dr. John Bottomley, and the BFA in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied Euphonium with tuba virtuoso, Martin Erickson. Mr. O'Brien's mentors have included Dr. James Patrick Miller, Dr. Timothy Anderson, Frank Battisti, Dr. John Climer, Scott Corley, Clayton Wachholz, and Dr. Rodney Loren.

O'Brien resides in Tomah, Wis. and enjoys backpacking, the Chicago White Sox, and traveling.

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Matthew Hartmann
Band Camp - High Brass Specialist:

Matthew Hartmann is a professional trumpet player and music educator who has recently moved to Davenport, Iowa.

He graduated with his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2016 and his B.M. in Music Education from Rowan University in 2014. Mr. Hartmann has been teaching privately for seven years. He has worked with several strong marching band programs as a High Brass Specialist. Mr. Hartmann is a well rounded musician who finds himself playing in professional pit orchestras, brass bands, and cover bands.

While living in Davenport Mr. Hartmann will continue to teach at the private level and play professionally.

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Kevin Carlson
Drumline Instructor:

Kevin Carlson started in marching percussion right here in Davenport under the whiplash-like instruction of Jack King and took that education to Central High School to win championships with the legendary John Bernatz playing tenors. His junior and senior years at Central, Kevin started travelling to Iowa City weekly for private instruction at the University of Iowa and upon graduation took himself to Iowa to march with the Sudler Award Winning Hawkeye Marching Band, again on tenors.

While at Iowa Kevin had the good fortune to study under John Wooten and the great Tom Davis. Kevin started teaching privately in high school and has continued a passion for passing on knowledge. He started teaching marching percussion at St. Ambrose in 2016 and oversaw the inaugural year of the marching Bee Drumline. Kevin has degrees in Political Science and Percussion Performance from the University or Iowa and studied leadership at St. Ambrose.