Congratulations to our New Officers:
Position Statement: I am running for WMEA President-Elect for two main reasons. First, being a “transplant” to Wyoming, I feel that I owe WMEA a great debt. Prior to moving here, I knew nothing about Wyoming, but through the connections I have made through the association, Wyoming is now my home, and I hope to be able to repay the welcome I received through my service.
Second, while many of you know me as the band director at Rock Springs High School, prior to this position, I taught in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, teaching K-12 general music, choir, orchestra, guitar, and band. With this wide range of experiences, I believe I bring a unique set of experiences to the board, allowing me to help facilitate the growth of music educators (and music education) across the state of Wyoming.
Bio: Brian Redmond is in his seventh year as director of bands at Rock Springs High School and fifteenth year teaching overall, having taught music at every grade level from kindergarten to college. In addition to his duties as Director of Bands, Brian serves as the district performing arts department chair, has served as Band Vice-President for the Wyoming Music Educators Association, and is currently working on completing his National Board Certification. He has also been a staff member with the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music, touring and performing in Europe with students in 2015, 2017, and 2019. Brian was selected as the Sweetwater County School District 1 Teacher of the Year in 2017, and was honored as the South Big Horn District Music Educator of the Year and the Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster of the Year for 2020. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time traveling with his family and running, hoping to complete a full marathon in the summer of 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho and is proud to call Wyoming his adopted home.
Band Vice President
Chad is currently the Director of Bands at Worland High School. In his 21 years of teaching he has taught K-5 General Music, 6-12 Choir, 5-12 Band in the communities of Wind River, Burns, Tongue River, Buffalo, and Worland. This includes experience with Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Beginning Guitar, Jazz Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Mixed Choir, and Advanced Music Techniques. Chad has served the WMEA previously as Northeast District Vice President, Marching Band Chair, President Elect, President, and Past President. He has served the WJE as Jazz Band Chair and Jazz Choir Chair (2 terms). Chad has also served on the Wyoming Coaches Association board as Golf Representative. He is a 1995 graduate of Niobrara County High School (Lusk), a 1999 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education, a 2007 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education, and a 2019 graduate of the University of Ohio with a Master of Athletic Administration Degree. He was the 2017 Washakie County School District Master Teacher, a 2019 quarterfinalist for the Grammy Foundation Educator Award, and the 2019 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster. He has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator throughout South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Chad is the owner of Imagery Sound Mobile DJ and Party Rental, and is proud to employ more than a few WMEA members. In his spare time he enjoys coaching, golfing, boating, camping, and making music with friends. In 2002 he married up, and his wife Jennifer is finishing her doctorate in Nurse Practice – Midwifery & Women’s Health. His daughter Chloe (12) is a beginning French Horn player, Marshall (9) is a percussionist, and Maverick (7) plays the bass.
Secondary Vice President
Katrina Rooney is in her twenty-first year as a music educator and has been the director of Choirs and Music Theory at Kelly Walsh High for twelve years. Prior to teaching in Wyoming, Katrina taught elementary music, choir at Hanford High School (Richland, Washington), choir and orchestra at Enterprise Middle School (West Richland, Washington), and directed choirs and vocal jazz as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and taught Music Education and Class Voice courses as an Associate Professor at Central Washington University (Ellensburg, Washington).
She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Conducting, and a Cognate in Music History both from Central Washington University. She studied conducting with Dr. Gary Weidenaar, Dr. Nikolas Kaoile, and Jazz Studies with Dave Cazier, Vijay Singh, and Chris Bruya. Katrina studied voice with Dr. Linda Marra and Dr. Diane Thueson-Reich. Katrina is a member of National Association for Music Educators, Wyoming Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and served as the 2014-2016 Wyoming ACDA President.
IN-Ovations Vice President
Garth Moline is currently in his first year as the 6-12 band instructor in Lovell, Wyoming. He also works at Northwest College where he is responsible for teaching saxophone, the Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and Class Guitar for non-majors on campus. Born and raised in Riverton, Garth attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2009 with a BA in Music Education. He spent the next seven years teaching in the Tongue River and Buffalo school systems where he was responsible for a variety of classes in 6-12 band, 5-12 choir, 6-12 percussion, and 6-12 guitar. Garth attended the University of Northern Colorado from 2016-2018 where he graduated with a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Music Education. While his wife finished her doctorate at UNC, he worked at the University Charter School in Greeley, CO and the Windsor Charter Academy in Windsor, CO where he taught high school band, middle school general music, middle school yearbook, and life-skills for high schoolers.