Richard Bateman, Director of Bands
Richard Bateman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University and his Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. While at BYU, he was a drum major for the Cougar Marching Band, played lead trumpet for both the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, performed in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Cougar Marching Band and Pep Band. In high school, he was All-State in both band and orchestra and received the John Philip Sousa Award.
From 1996-2006, he was the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Snow Canyon Middle School in St. George, Utah where he taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Percussion, Guitar and was the Color Guard Advisor. Approximately 450 Students were enrolled in the band, orchestra and guitar programs which received 1st Place Honors and Superior Ratings at various festivals and competitions. In 2002, he was named Snow Canyon Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. While completing his Master’s Degree, Mr. Bateman was selected as the USU M. Ed. Scholar of the Year and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Bateman is a member of the Utah Music Educator’s Association (UMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), the National Band Association (NBA) and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He has been published in both the Utah and Maryland Music Educator's Journals.
Mr. Bateman became the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge Junior High in 2006 where he has taken the Symphonic Band to the Junior High State Band Festival each year and has continued the tradition of excellence found at MRJH. The Mountain Ridge Symphonic Band is among only three bands to have been selected for the State Jr. High Band Festival every year since it began and its Jazz Ensembles have consistently placed or won the Peaks Jazz Festival. In 2012, Mr. Bateman was named the Outstanding Junior High Music Educator by the Utah Music Educator’s Association, the MRJH Teacher of the Year and the Lone Peak Cluster Teacher of the Year. From 2012-14 he served as the UMEA Vice President over Junior High Music.
Mr. Bateman is also the Assistant Director for the Lone Peak and American Fork High School Marching Bands. As an assistant, he's helped both programs to state titles in their divisions and has helped the American Fork Marching band to five BOA Western Divisional Titles and three BOA National Semi-Finals appearances. When marching band season is not is session, Mr. Bateman can be found teaching elementary band at Deerfield Elementary.
Mr. Bateman and his wife, Tonna, have two boys. Band has become a fun and exciting adventure for the Bateman family and Mr. Bateman often refers to Band as his "hobby."
Mr. Bateman believes that band can play an important part in preparing students to be successful in the future by helping them develop self-esteem, good communication skills, creative thinking, discipline, and teamwork—all important skills for life and the workplace.
Dr. Darren Bastian, Percussion
Dr. Darren Bastian earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. He has studied with three presidents of the Percussive Arts Society: Gary Cook, Mark Ford, and Dr. Robert Schietroma; as well as other renowned music educators such as Norman Weinberg, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Mike Steinel, Ron Brough, and Jay Lawrence.
For two years Dr. Bastian served as Director of Percussion at Utah Valley University, in which position he transformed the percussion program, adding structure and raising the bar for UVU percussionists. Dr. Bastian directed the UVU Screamin’ Green Pep Band and the UVU Steel Band, and taught applied music lessons to both majors and non-majors. Dr. Bastian is currently the Director of Percussion at LPHS where he instructs percussion classes as well as the Marching Knights' front ensemble and drumline.
Dr. Bastian regularly performs as a freelance artist and serves as a clinician or adjudicator for colleges and high schools. He has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Utah Wind Symphony and Pioneer Theatre. His past performance experience includes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Sky Island Chamber Ensemble.
Dr. Bastian's drum set experience is deep and diverse. He has studied under master drum teacher Ed Soph at the University of North Texas as well as Mike Drake and Jay Lawrence. He was the drummer for the University of Arizona’s Jazz Ensemble, one of the UNT Lab Bands, BYU Synthesis, and several other groups. He is one of very few drummers/percussionists that is equally comfortable playing drum set in various styles as playing in a classical ensemble. As an instructor, he is able to teach with both extensive road experience as well as refined classical touch for the fine details.