Jaguar Pride Staff

 

 

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Mr. Ken Hansen, Director of Bands

 

Ken Hansen is the Director of Bands for Blue Springs South High School.  Ken joined the staff at Blue Springs South in the fall of 2012 where the band program has continued to thrive in quality and student involvement under his leadership.  He began his career in the Odessa R-7 School district as the head band director (1998-2009).  Ken has also taught in the Union Public School District (Tulsa, OK) for 2 years and the Rockwood School District (Rockwood Summit High School) for 1 year. 

Ken is responsible for the full band program at Blue Springs South.  He directs the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jaguar Pride Marching Band, Pride Jazz Band and pep band.  In addition to the ensembles Ken also helps oversee the solo/ensemble program.

The Wind Symphony and Concert Bands at Blue Springs South consistently earn high honors and praise from clinicians and adjudicators for their maturity of sound and musicianship.  Under his direction the Wind Symphony earned the Grand Champion of the Dallas Windband Festival (the first band outside the state of Texas to win this honor).  The Jaguar Pride Marching Band has continued its success of being one of the region’s best marching bands.  Most recently the Jaguar Pride has been a Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Finalist in 2017 and a Regional Finalist in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

Ken’s musical career began at Wentzville High School as a trombonist under the direction of his father, Bob Hansen.  Ken earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Methodist University (1997) and his Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri (1998).  While at Central Methodist Ken was a feature soloist with the Concert Band and Jazz Band his sophomore through senior year.  Ken was also honored to perform with the All-Collegiate Band at MMEA in 1997 under the baton of Jerry Junkin.  Ken always enjoys the opportunities to adjudicate and be a clinician for area band programs.

 

Ken lives in Blue Springs and enjoys spending time with his three sons; Jack, 16; Maxwell, 10 and Samuel 9.  Ken is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, Missouri Bandmasters Association and NAfME. 


You can reach Ken Hansen at khansen@bssd.net 

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Miss Jamie Haffner, Assistant Director of Bands/

Director of Percussion

Jamie Haffner is the Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion at Blue Springs South High School. Jamie instructs all aspects of percussion at Blue Springs South High School, Moreland Ridge Middle School, and Delta Woods Middle School including drumline, front ensemble, concert percussion, percussion ensembles and all percussion classes. Prior to her appointment at Blue Springs South, Jamie was the Director of Percussion at Washington Middle School and High School and taught at many renowned programs in the Middle Tennessee area including Middle Tennessee State University, Father Ryan High School, Mount Juliet High School, and Stewarts Creek High School. Additionally, in January 2016 Jamie was invited by the Groove Warehouse to teach the Young Music Society Summer School in Canberra, Australia.

 

 Jamie is also active in the marching arts in multiple facets. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.  She worked with Music City Drum Corps 2014-2016 as battery coordinator/bass technician and Gateway Indoor 2017-2018 as a bass technician. Jamie currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs Rumble Drumline.

 

Jamie completed her M.M. in Percussion Performance as a graduate teaching assistant at Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU, Jamie studied under Professor Lalo Davila, Julie Davila, Derrek Phillips, and Matt Jordan. Jamie received her B.M.E. degree from Missouri Western State University and studied under Dr. Dennis Rogers, Dr. Tracy Thomas, Doug Auwarter, and Dr. Greg Haynes.

You can reach Jamie Haffner at JHaffner@bssd.net

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Mr. Doug Padget, Assistant Director of Bands

Doug Padget has been teaching music in Missouri since 1993. Since the fall of 2000, Doug has been a part of the Jaguar Pride and Blue Springs South band program. Doug is returning to Blue Springs South as Assistant Band Director after serving 4 years as Director of Bands at Moreland Ridge Middle School. Prior to his original 7 years as Assistant Band Director at Blue Springs South, Doug served as Director of Bands at Delta Woods Middle School his first 10 years in the district. Prior to joining the Blue Springs South staff, Doug was the Director of Bands at both Raymore-Peculiar High School and the Adrian R-III school district.

Doug received his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Missouri State University in 1993 and later received his Master of Music Education in 2004 from CMSU. As an undergraduate student, Doug was active in the marching, concert, pep and jazz bands as well as the orchestra and choir. Doug is also a founding member of the Maguire Street Brass, a (then) student-run brass quintet.

Doug graduated from Raytown High School in 1988 where he was very active in the band, jazz, orchestra, choir and theater programs. Doug was named as a member of the 1988 All-State Band, 1987 All-State Choir, and the 1986, 87, & 88 All-State Jazz Bands.

 

Doug is married to Robyn Padget(Cordill-Mason Elementary music teacher) and has two children.

 

You can reach Mr. Padget at dpadget@bssd.net

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Mr. Kyle Tye, Director of Bands at Delta Woods Middle School

Kyle Tye is the Director of Bands at Delta Woods Middle School. Kyle assists at Blue Springs South High School during the marching season as well as working individually with the horn section.

Prior to coming to Blue Springs, Kyle served as the Director of Bands for 3 years at Glasgow High School in Glasgow, MO. During his tenure at Glasgow, Kyle ran all facets of the instrumental music program, including a competitive marching program, a concert band, and a pep band. Kyle’s groups consistently received superior ratings at contests and competitions. Also at Glasgow, Kyle served as the assistant baseball coach for 2 years, where he helped bring a district championship title to the school for the 2nd time in school history. Kyle also was a brass marching tech at Lee’s Summit High School from 2018-2020, where he assisted in horn sectionals and anything needed in regards to the daily routines of camp.

Kyle is an active horn studio instructor, with multiple students being selected for their all district ensemble, as well as being selected in the Missouri All State Band. Kyle is currently in transition from his studio in Mid-Missouri to the KC metro area. Kyle has also performed professionally in the Missouri Symphony Orchestra since 2017, and was a member of the Columbia Civic Orchestra from 2018-2019. He hopes to continue playing after moving back to the Kansas City area. Kyle grew up in Lee’s Summit, MO and graduated from Lee’s Summit High School. Kyle attended the University of Missouri where he earned a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, with a minor in French. Kyle earned his masters degree in Educational Leadership at Northwest Missouri State University in 2021. Kyle currently lives in Lee’s Summit, MO.

You can reach Mr. Tye at ktye@bssd.net

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Elizabeth Keune, Director of Color Guard

 

Elizabeth Keune has been coaching Color Guard and Winter Guards for the past 18 years in the Kansas City, MO area. She is currently the director at Blue Springs South HS. She has worked with and/or choreographed for programs such as: Odessa, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit West, Summit Lakes Middle School, Smithton, Raymore-Peculiar, Maryville, Savannah, Centerview, Panache Independent, and Synchronicity Independent. She is on staff with the Central Iowa Color Guard Camp in Pella, IA as an intermediate flag instructor. In the summer of 2003 Elizabeth marched with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Dubuque, IA finishing out the season at DCI Championships in Orlando, FL. Elizabeth feels honored to get the opportunity to direct some amazing students and honored to work with highly skilled staff members at Blue Springs South HS.

Elizabeth Keune can be reached at jaguarprideguard@gmail.com