Megan Cooney
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Position: 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.

 
 
2017-18 Athletic Bands Members
Roster for 2017-18 Athletic Bands Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious SchoolInstrument
Kindred AhrensFR  Bartonville, Ill.Limestone CommunityFlute
Brandon AlbrechtFR  Amboy, Ill.AmboyClarinet
Gabrielle BauerJR  Oswego, Ill.OswegoDrum Major
Dinah ChavezSO  Chicago, Ill.Nazareth Academy
Jenna CoeJR  Dixon, IowaNorth ScottTenor Saxophone
Courtney CookFR  Princeton, Ill.St. Bede AcademyTrombone
Winfrid CooperJR  Elgin, Ill.ElginSousaphone
Dillyn DaGamaFR  Davenport, IowaDavenport CentralSousaphone
Matthew DiIulioSO  Rock Island, Ill.AllemanDrumline
Halie DoddSO  Davenport, IowaDavenport NorthClarinet
Max FinleyFR  East Moline, Ill.United TownshipTrumpet
Brianna GascaFR  Glendale Heights, Ill.Glenbard WestClarinet
Amanda GoldensophSO  Clinton, IowaClintonAlto Saxophone
Maddie GrovesFR  Dwight, Ill.Dwight TownshipDrumline
Lauren Haack  
Alexis HagenFR  Stockton, IowaDurantDrumline
Sarrah HammondSO  Canton, Ill.CantonDrum Major
Lindsey HartFR  East Moline, Ill.United TownshipClarinet
Cassy HeitmanSO  Williamsburg, IowaWilliamsburgTenor Saxophone
Perla HernandezJR  Villa Park, Ill.WillowbrookTrumpet
Amelia HinchJR  Maquoketa, IowaMaquoketaDrumline
Jacob HuismanJR  Milan, Ill.Rock IslandDrumline
Natalie JonesSO  Iowa City, IowaIowa City HighMedia & Marketing
Elizabeth LangeSR  East Dubuque, Ill.East DubuqueAlto Saxophone
Collin LeddyJR  Milledgeville, Ill.MilledgevilleTrombone
Brody LeibfriedFR  Dubuque, IowaHempstead
Elijah LloydFR  Rock Island, Ill.Rock Island
Dom MarshallFR  Justice, Ill.Argo CommunityDrumline
Jacob MatthewsSO  Westchester, Ill.Nazareth AcademySousaphone
Elena MuhsFR  Eldridge, IowaNorth ScottClarinet
Zoey MurphyFR  Kewanee, Ill.KewaneeMellophone
Hannah OliverJR  Washington, Ill.Washington CommunityPiccolo
Andy OlsonSR  Hamilton, Ill.Holy Trinity CatholicTrombone
Ethan ParchertSO  Illinois City, Ill.RockridgeTrumpet
Elise PotvinFR  Woodbury, Minn.Hill-MurrayTenor Saxophone
Rebekkah ReplogleJR  Tremont, Ill.TremontFlute
Kathleen RileyFR  Altoona, IowaSoutheast PolkClarinet
Hannah SalataFR  Chillicothe, Ill.Illinois Valley CentralCymbals
Nick SchaffnerFR  Oskaloosa, IowaOskaloosaDrumline
Grayson SchoonoverFR  Davenport, IowaNorth ScottTuba
Gradin SchroederSO  West Burlington, IowaWest BurlingtonAlto Saxophone
Erika SeabloomFR  Cambridge, Ill.AlWoodSousaphone
Madie SherwoodJR  Washington, Ill.Washington CommunityPiccolo
TJ ShubertSO  Monee, Ill.Marian CatholicSousaphone
Brittany SlaterSO  Milwaukee, Wis.MessmerAlto Saxophone
Jacob StoneFR  Cambridge, Ill.CambridgeDrumline
Michael TappaFR  Bettendorf, IowaPleasant Valley
Mary VargoFR  Griffith, Ind.Bishop Noll InstituteTenor Saxophone
Heather VromanSO  Seneca, Ill.Seneca TownshipMellophone
Cassi WayFR  Silvis, Ill.United TownshipFlute
Kelsey WeatherfordFR  Columbia, Ill.ColumbiaAlto Saxophone
Jacob WhiteFR  Alpha, Ill.AlWoodAlto Saxophone
Joel WhitmoreFR  Donahue, IowaCalamus-WheatlandDrumline
Rachel WiedmanFR  Villa Park, Ill.WillowbrookTrumpet
Aubrey WilliamsFR  Davenport, IowaDavenport CentralClarinet
Laura WilliamsFR  Byron, Ill.ByronMellophone
Jacklyn YoungSR  Rock Island, Ill.Rock IslandTrumpet
Faith ZinkenFR  St. Cloud, Minn.BeckerFlute
Staff
Megan Cooney Image
Director of Athletic Bands
 
Dr. Nick Enz Image
Director of Bands
 
Natalie Jones Image
Media and Marketing
 
Elizabeth Lange Image
Music Librarian
 
Rachel Rivard Image
Band Camp - Instructional/Visual Special
 
Band Camp - Low Brass Specialist
 
Matthew Hartmann Image
Band Camp - High Brass Specialist
 
Kevin Carlson Image
Drumline Instructor