FCO FULL ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR – ANDREW DAVID PERKINS
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.
Perkins 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 a certificate in 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 also served as an FCO Board member in 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 a music teacher or band director 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, Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra, 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.
WIND ENSEMBLE MUSIC DIRECTOR – TIMOTHY MARTUCH
Tim Martuch is a musician, composer, arranger, and teacher. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media from the Academy of Art University in 2016 and his Bachelors of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from Adrian College in 2013. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Tim was employed at the New York Summer Music Festival for 5 seasons. While with the festival, Tim taught music theory, conducted a special staff ensemble, arranged for festival ensembles, played tuba, and accompanied the jazz choir and original music theater workshop classes.
Tim directs the NEW FCO Wind Ensemble contributing his talents as composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor. He also plays tuba with the FCO Full Orchestra and is an active member of many local rock, jazz, and classical chamber groups.
Currently, Tim serves as a full-time faculty of Audio at The Art Institute of Michigan, where he teaches classes in music theory, production, sound design, technology, and recording. Tim’s involvement in the study of sonic expression is not simply limited to music. Tim has significantly escalated his work in audio production and sound design for a wide variety of media platforms. He also trains students who are gaining acceptance to graduate schools to become audio professionals. Tim’s website may be viewed at: http://www.timmartuch.com/