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Kettle Run

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Director
Band

Band Director
Rappahannock Community College

Education



George N. Parks Drum Major Academy

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Educator Spotlight - Matt Yonkey, Kettle Run High School


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Kettle Run High School, Band Director Matt Yonkey

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Matt Yonkey, Band Director at Kettle Run high school in Nokesville, Virginia leads a successful and well-rounded music program comprised of a marching band, wind ensemble and symphonic band, jazz band, and indoor percussion and guard group. His ongoing goal is to maintain a "second to none" program, and he strives to expose his students to as many musical opportunities as possible, in what he sees as an ever-evolving field. Student Estefania Gimon shares that among her favorite experiences in this music program have been, "Marching in Disney World, attending the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, and leading our marching band to success as the first female drum major for my school. Student Christian Toms says that a love of the saxophone, a goal to be "as good as possible" and the challenges of a competitive program all keep him engaged. The young Kettle Run High program has won many awards and looks forward to increased opportunities for new music collaborations. Director Yonkey explains, "Thanks to my supportive school and band boosters, we have, on occasion, had nationally-recognized composers and clinicians work with my ensembles. As many music educators will agree, once a student hears the same comments and suggestions from a new face, they grasp the concept immediately. Collaboration is one of the most efficient means to improve - period."
CSIC interviewed Kettle Run High Band Director Matt Yonkey in January of 2012.
CSIC: Please tell us a little bit about your band program and share a few highlights of the program.
Matt: In its fourth year, the Kettle Run has laid the ground work for a band legacy.
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Matt: When I was in grade school, I was very fortunate to perform with a number of top notch local, regional, state and all-eastern groups.
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Matt: Technology has changed music education and education as a whole for better and for worse.
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Matt: Having a band that is 'second to none' is my overall goal. Sharing with my students the same philosophies and teaching techniques I was given and trying to keep up with an evolving field is extremely important.
CSIC: Can you please share a few stories about your music students who have gone on to study music in college and/or have found success as music professionals (or maybe success as a professional where music has played a part)?
Matt: A number of my students have gone on to be successful musicians and that is my biggest professional accomplishment. Most recently, one of my saxophone students graduated from Berklee School of Music a few short years after picking up the saxophone as a junior in high school. He approached me with an interest in music one day during a lunch break and I told him that I would help him and it is never too late to get started. Once he chose the saxophone, we would meet before school, after school and before long he was first chair in the local district band and earned scholarship money for college.
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Matt: Students are most efficient with a variety of developed teaching tools and opportunites.
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Matt: Thanks to my supportive school and band boosters, we have, on occasion, had nationally-recognized composers and clinicians work with my ensembles. As many music educators will agree, once a student hears the same comments and suggestions from a new face, they grasp the concept immediately. Collaboration is one of the most efficient means to improve - period.
CSIC: How does collaborating with outside music professionals affect your job as an educator?
Matt: Music is universal and regardless of what music we are performing, guests can listen, adjudicate and offer suggestions.
CSIC: What kind of collaboration with a professional composer most interests you?
Matt: The customized piece of literature.
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Band Director, Matt Yonkey

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