Jaguar Pride Staff
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. William White, Assistant Director of Bands/
William White received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at the Conservatory of Music-University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015. As a student, William was part of the UMKC Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble and the “KCSQ” saxophone quartet. Also during his time there, William played alto and soprano saxophone in the 3 0’Clock Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of jazz legend Bobby Watson.
Previously William served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Bellevue East High School from 2015-2017 teaching marching band, symphonic band, concert band, and the celebrated Chieftain Jazz Ensemble. Also, William has been director of the saxophone ensemble at the UMKC Summer Saxophone Symposium, led by Zach Shemon, since 2015.
In 2017 William attended the University of Houston as a Graduate Teaching Assistant pursuing a Master’s degree in Wind Conducting. There he assisted in conducting three out of the four college ensembles while also assisting with the Spirit of Houston marching band and leading the Women’s athletic bands. While in Houston William studied with internationally known music pedagogues such as David Clemmer, Cory Meals, Jeffree Sposato, David Bertman, John Benzer, and Howard Pollack.
Over the years, he has served as a woodwind pedagogue and marching technician for multiple bands across the nation including: Blue Valley South West, Olathe North, Grain Valley, Punahou, Blue Springs and William Mason.
You can reach Mr. White at WWhite@BSSD.NET
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
Mr. Casey VanBiber, Director of Bands, Delta Woods Middle School
Casey VanBiber is currently the Director of Bands at Delta Woods Middle School, and has been in the Blue Springs School District for 8 years. Mr. VanBiber also runs the visual/marching program with the Jaguar Pride Marching Band.
Mr. VanBiber is a Blue Springs native, growing up in the Blue Springs School District and graduating from Blue Springs High School in 2003. After high school, Mr. VanBiber then attended Missouri State University, where he earned a degree in Music Education. While at Missouri State University, Mr. VanBiber was principal euphonium in the wind ensemble, a member of the jazz band, a drum major with the Missouri State Pride Marching Band, and was able to march with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. After moving back to Blue Springs, Mr. VanBiber earned a Master of Music Education from UMKC.
Outside of work, Mr. VanBiber enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Charlotte.
Mr. Doug Padget, Director of Bands, Moreland Ridge Middle School
Doug has been an active band director in Missouri since 1993. Doug received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education at the University of Central Missouri. Doug has been Assistant Band Director, Jazz Band Director, and Symphonic Band Director since 2010 at Blue Springs South High School. Prior to his time at South, Doug directed the Delta Woods Middle School band for ten years and served as Director of Bands at Raymore-Peculiar and Adrian High Schools.
Doug is married with two children and resides in Blue Springs.
Elizabeth Keune, Director of Color Guard
Elizabeth Keune has been coaching Color Guard and Winter Guards for the past 12 years in the Kansas City, MO area. She is currently the director of the Blue Springs South HS and the Moreland Ridge MS Guards. She has worked with and/or choreographed for programs such as: Odessa, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit West, Summit Lakes Middle School, 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 a beginner 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.
Belinda Johnson, Marching Band Assistant
Belinda Johnson has been a woodwind instructor with the Blue Springs South High School band since 2011, works as a substitute teacher in the Blue Springs school district and teaches clarinet privately. Belinda attended Michigan State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance studying clarinet performance. She has performed with many Kansas City area musical groups including the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City, Smithville American Legion Band, Overland Park Civic Band, Spirit of Independence Concert Band, Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Cathedral Summer Orchestra.
Loriana Eggemeyer, Marching Band Assistant
Loriana Eggemeyer is in her 5th year with the Jaguar Pride. Being a graduate of the program, she is so happy to be able to give back to a program that gave her so much. Loriana works with the brass sections and as a visual technician. In addition to the Jaguar Pride, Loriana teaches elementary music at Thomas Ultican Elementary in Blue Springs.
Jerry Hill, Marching Band Assistant
Jerry Hill is a recent graduate from Blue Springs South High School that specializes in low brass. He currently studies Secondary Math education and Music education at the University of Central Missouri. In his time at Blue Springs South he played Tuba,Euphonium, Bass, Drum set, Trombone, and Bass Drum. Also, he was apart of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band , Winter Percussion, and Full Orchestra. At UCMO he is apart of the Jazz band and the Pep band. He plans to attend UMKC to receive a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration. Outside of Working with the band, you can find Jerry producing music and fishing in several lakes and ponds throughout Missouri and neighboring states.
Korachai Silapavitankul (Nond) Percussion Assistant
Korachai Silapavitankul (Nond) is currently a student and educator in the Kansas City area. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, he is currently working towards his degree in Liberal Arts while teaching several prominent schools in the area. Before Nond stepped into an educator role, he marched bass drum in several notable ensembles, including The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2013), The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015, 2016), Gateway Indoor (2014-2016), and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (2017). Since his age-out, Nond has worked with several local high schools while pursuing his degree. He is currently work at Lee’s Summit High School and Crossroad Percussion. Nond is also extremely proud to be a bass drum instructor for the Cavaliers 2019 season.
Allegra Wolff, Marching Band Assistant
Allegra Wolff is a current student at Missouri Western State University studying Music Education. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration – Emphasis in Management at UMKC while performing in the bands at the Conservatory. Originally from Branson, Missouri, Allegra has worked with the Pride of Branson Bands as a woodwind & guard staff member for four seasons. She plays principal clarinet for the MWSU wind symphony, piano in the jazz ensemble, and is the color guard director for Golden Griffon Marching Band. Graduating Spring of 2020, she hopes to work with middle or high school band staying involved with the color guard.
Ira Stecher, Marching Band Assistant
Young American Tenor Ira Stecher is proving himself to be a versatile and capable performer on concert, opera, and musical theater stages. A recent graduate of The Florida State University, Mr. Stecher was recently seen onstage with UMKC Conservatory Opera, Florida State Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point.
A recent graduate of the Florida State University, Mr. Stecher is currently in the second year of his Master of Music at the UMKC Conservatory. While at Florida State University, Stecher completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Mathematics. He studied trumpet with Dr. Chris Moore, and classical voice with Dr. Chuck Chandler, and Kansas City based baritone Daniel Belcher. In 2015, Stecher marched mellophone with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, based out of Denver, CO.
Mr. Stecher is excited to be working with the Jaguar Pride trumpets and mellophones, and looks forward to a strong season!
Sarah Biggie, Marching Band Assistant
Sarah Bigge joined the band staff at Blue Springs South in the Summer of 2018. Ms. Bigge is a 2016 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band and held leadership roles including Piccolo Rank Leader in 2014 and Drum Major in 2015. During her senior year, she was the recipient of the University of Nebraska Outstanding Bandsman Award for her dedication to the band program at UNL. Sarah's responsibilities extended to other organizations on campus. She held a position as a Collegiate Representative for the National Association for Music Educators, was Vice President of Programs for the UNL's Kappa Kappa Psi chapter, and was a Hixen-Lied Arts Ambassador.
During the 2014 and 2015 marching seasons, Ms. Bigge was a woodwind and visual tech for her alma mater Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, Nebraska. Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska, Ms. Bigge led a successful private flute studio in the Omaha metro area. Her students earn principal chair positions in the Nebraska All-State Orchestra and attended college-sponsored honor festivals. In the Summer of 2017, Ms. Biggemoved to Houston, TX where she substitute taught music in the Fort Bend Independent School District. During her time in Texas she developed a close relationship with many band programs, and taught flute masterclasses on a regular basis. In addition, she judged middle school solo and ensemble contest for First Colony Middle School.
After moving back to the Kansas City metro last year, Ms. Bigge continues to choregraph and teach for multiple marching ensembles in the area. Last winter she was heavily involved with the Blue Springs South middle school winter guard. She is incredibly excited to work more extensively with the Jaguar Pride for the 2019-2020 season as a woodwind and visual tech. Ms. Bigge currently works in the UMKC Conservatory Admissions office as the Conservatory Admissions Assistant.
Andrew Brogan, Percussion Assistant
Andrew Brogan is a resident of Blue Springs, MO. He graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a B.S. in Computer Science.
During his DCI and WGI marching career, Andrew played tenors for Gateway Percussion (2014 – 2016), Madison Scouts (2014), and The Cavaliers (2015). He was fortunate to be educated by many notable instructors, including Michael McIntosh, Eric Ridenour, Derek Boughey, Brian Graham, Drake Melson, and Justin Lewis to name a few.
Andrew worked with Blue Springs High School as a tenor drum and battery technician from 2012 to 2014. He has been with Blue Springs South and Lee’s Summit High Schools since 2016, working as a battery technician with their winter indoor drumlines and fall marching bands. He was also the battery arranger and battery technician for Truman State University from 2015 to 2016.
Andrew had the opportunity to work with Gateway Percussion (PIW) in St. Louis, MO as a tenor technician in 2018. He is returning to work with Crossroads Percussion (PIO) in Des Moines, IA for his 3rd year as a tenor technician.