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Andrew David Perkins has been the director of bands at Fenton High School since 2002. Perkins’ responsibilities include directing the 200-member Fenton Marching Tigers, as well as serving as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Symphonic Bands. Perkins also serves as an instructor in the FHS Music Technology courses, and as an accompanist for the Ambassador Swing Choir.

Prior to coming to FHS, Perkins was a performer and conductor of the Phantom Regiment drum and bugle corps from Rockford, IL from 1998 to 2000. He is a 2002 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Music, where he received his bachelor of music education degree. In 2007 he received his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and is currently studying orchestration at the Berklee College of Music.

Since September of 2011, Perkins has had the honor to conduct the Fenton Community Orchestra.  “I have very much enjoyed the energy and excitement that this group has for making music.  We’ve been able to grow as an ensemble in leaps and bounds this year, and are taking on some difficult and fantastic literature.  I think that the relationship between the FHS Instrumental Music Program and the Fenton Community Orchestra is a wonderful match, each allowing the other program to expand and support one another.”

Visit his website at: http://www.andrewdavidperkins.com


Jane Ellen Ball has been a Strings Educator since she was 17 years old. She began teaching cello lessons to elementary children while she was in High School. She attended Miami University (of Ohio) where she pursued a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in String Education. Mrs. Ball enjoys the process that beginning students make – going from knowing not much of anything to being able to play a piece in 30 minutes!

Mrs. Ball has been a cellist in the Fenton Community Orchestra since September 2015. She became a FCO Board member in April of 2016. She sees “tremendous opportunity for musical development in the Fenton area. It says a lot for the FCO that there are members that drive from as far as Lansing to belong to this orchestra.”

Prior to coming to Fenton, Mrs. Ball taught Strings/Orchestra in the Troy, Ohio City Schools and in the Okemos Public Schools. For 26 years, while focusing on being a mom, she took part time jobs as Music Teachers or Band Directors in the St. Joseph Catholic School and the Morrice Area Schools. She has always maintained a cello, violin and piano studio. In Michigan, she has performed in the Looking Glass String Quartet, in the Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra, in the Owosso Community Players Pit Orchestras, and many other churches and organizations. In addition to leading Simply Strings, she currently teaches
privately and works at Mark Schwartz Violins in Flint, MI.