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Avon Lake Band Faculty and Instructional Staff
Joshua Brunger is the Director of Bands at Avon Lake High School. A graduate of Midview High School in 1996 earned his Bachelor's in Music Education from Kent State University and Master's Degree from Walden University. He began his career as Music Director of James Ford Rhodes High School in the Cleveland Municipal School District, then 5th grade and High School Director of Bands at Firelands Local Schools, taught back at his Alma Mater in the fall 2010, and now at Avon Lake High School. In 2018, he was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association and became a Conn-Selmer VIP. He has performed with: Patriots Symphonic Band, Oberlin Civic Winds, LCCC Orchestra, LCCC Civic Band, LCCC Jazz Band, The Swing City Big Band, and the Solid Brass of Lorain County.
Christopher Ewald is Music Director and Conductor of the Learwood Middle School Bands. He directs the 7th Grade Concert Band, 8th Grade Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble and 7th Grade Orchestra. His other teaching responsibilities include 7th Grade General Music and 8th Grade General Music. Mr. Ewald earned a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a Master of Music from the University of Akron. He studied bassoon with Jeffrey Lyman, Renee Dee, and Nancy Lutes. He has performed with various ensembles, including the Patriots Community Band and directed the Fairview Park Community Band. Mr. Ewald enjoys composing and arranging music, as well as spending time with his family. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Rebecca Bain has been honored to teach and conduct the young instrumentalists at Troy Intermediate since 2000. In 2001, she started the first ever successful orchestra program in Avon Lake through a grant from the Avon Lake City Schools Foundation. She currently teaches the Fifth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Band, and Sixth Grade Orchestra and is very active in the Troy community as Student Council Advisor. Ms. Bain earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music (performance) from Baldwin-Wallace University; and a Masters of Education in Administration from Cleveland State University. She is a life-long learner, always trying to improve personally as a musician as well keeping up with the latest education trends through performance and continuing education. Ms. Bain is an active performer as clarinetist with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carl Topilow, and has also played for the Huron Playhouse, The Patriots Community Band, and True North Performing Arts.
John McFarland, Director of Percussion John Max McFarland received his degrees in Composition (B.M.) and Percussion Performance (B.M., M.M.) from Western Michigan University. He has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony and Battlecreek Symphony as a substitute percussionist. John was a marching member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. John studied composition under Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dr. Richard Adams, and Dr. Robert Ricci. His compositions and arrangements have received international recognition with performances all over the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. His percussion music is published through Tapspace Publications where he is on staff as a music engraver. His competitive winter percussion compositions can be purchased through Marching Show Concepts. John has arranged percussion for many marching bands and winter percussion programs including Fruitport High School, Grandville High School, MacArthur High School (San Antonio, TX), Onondaga Community College (Syracuse, NY), and Eastside Fury Winter Percussion Ensemble. He is currently the percussion arranger for Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Along with his duties at Avon Lake, John is the assistant director of bands and director of percussion for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is the composer and arranger for the marching band and winter percussion programs at Notre Dame College. John is also the President of New Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music by emerging composers. John resides in Parma Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Sydney, his 2 cats (Zoe and Minkah), his 4 greyhounds (Jason, Jasper, Lola, and Walker), and Italian Greyhound (Sophia).