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Kevin Bennett is in his fifteenth year teaching at Highland High School within the Gilbert Public School District. He started as the assistant band director at Highland High School and Highland Junior High School. Mr. Bennett took over as the Director of Bands at Highland High School in the fall of 2006. He received his Bachelor’s of Instrumental Music Education degree from the University of Idaho in 1999. He earned his Master of Education degree from the University of Phoenix in the spring of 2004. The concert, jazz, and marching bands frequently receive high ratings in Arizona festivals and competes in festivals and competitions all over the Southwest.
Mr. Bennett also cofounded the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival and it is in its 9th year of providing a world class jazz education. The three day festival includes over 45 ensemble participants, 25 master classes from local jazz educators as well as clinics and concerts performed by world class jazz musicians including; Dick Oatts, Jim McNeely, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Benny Golson, Lewis Nash, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen.. The festival concerts are held in cooperation with the ASU Concert Jazz Band directed by Michael Kocour.
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Jenn Bock is excited to join the Highland High Bands as the Assistant Director this year. She has spent the past 9 years as the Director of Bands at Poston Junior High School in Mesa, Arizona. The Poston Concert Band consistently received highest ratings at both ABODA Area and State Concert Band Festivals and was a featured Honored Performance at both the 2011 and 2017 AMEA State In-service Conference.
Mrs. Bock is passionate about working with young musicians and has served as guest conductor for several local honor bands including the Southern Arizona 7th Grade Honor Band in Tucson in 2016 and the AMEA 7th Grade All State Band in 2017. Mrs. Bock has presented sessions at the AMEA State In-Service Conference on FUNdamentals for young bands and Classroom Management and regularly serves as an adjudicator for ABODA JHS Concert Festivals. Mrs. Bock was honored to be the recipient of KTVK3’s Silver Apple Teacher Award in 2014.
Jenn has served on the ABODA Board as both Secretary and VP of ES/JHS Band Activities. As a flautist Jenn has performed with the Desert Echoes Flute Project and the Arizona Wind Symphony. She has her B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University, NJ and is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education at Arizona State University.