Meet the Music Directors

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Conductor, composer, two-time ASCAP Plus Award recipient & GRAMMY® nominated music educator Andrew David Perkins (b.1978) holds a specialist certificate in Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University. Nominated for The National Band Association Revelli Award & Merrill Jones Award,  The American Prize (Professional Composition Division) and the Ravel International Composition Prize, Perkins’ music has been performed by musicians from the Royal College of Music, London, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University, The Interlochen World Youth Wind Symphony, Western Michigan University, Drexel University, Florida Central University, and more. A regular guest clinician nationally and abroad, he especially enjoys writing music for developing musicians.

Mr. Perkins has served as an adjunct professor of Film Scoring at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music and Music Technology at Fenton High School & Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School in Fenton, Michigan. Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and his music is exclusively published through APOLLO STUDIOS Music Publishing.

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:


Jane Ellen Ball has been a Strings Educator since she was seventeen years old. Mrs. Ball attended Miami University (of Ohio) where she pursued a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in String Education. She did her Masters work in Music Education at Wright State University and Central Michigan University.  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!

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 including the St. Joseph Catholic School and the Morrice Area Schools. She has always maintained a cello, violin and piano studios. In Michigan, she has performed in the Looking Glass String Quartet, Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra, the Owosso Community Players Pit Orchestras, the Mid Michigan Chorale Orchestra and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.


The Wind Ensemble music director, Joshua Tobias, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance at Oakland University with plans to continue towards a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting. His music philosophy was fostered through great teachers and mentors, including William Monroe, Lois Alexander, Amy Tennis, Pam Hayes, Davin Torre, Andrew Perkins, Bill Waterman, Kenneth Kroesche, Michelle Soroka, Victoria Shively, and Gregory Cunningham respectively. For the past two years he has spent summers at the Cleveland Trombone Seminar studying with trombonists from the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. Josh is an alumni of Fenton High School (class of 2015) and the Flint Institute of Music.