Joe Musick, AAHS BAND DIRECTOR
Joe Musick currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his lovely wife Hannah, and dogs Ruxin and Ranger. When Joe is not writing or teaching, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, fishing, and snowboarding in the mountains of Colorado.
During the academic year, Joe is also the band director at Eagleview Middle School and designs/instructs at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He previously served as a band director at Moore Middle School, and Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado.
Joe received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Dana Biggs, Matthew Roeder, Terry Sawchuk and Allan McMurray.
Drum Corps has been an active part of Joe’s life for more than a decade. Joe was a marching member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2002, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004, and finished his marching career with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps from 2005-2007. His instructional career with drum corps started with the Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps where he was on staff for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Joe was then fortunate to join the instructional staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and was on staff through the 2013 season. During the 2013 season Joe served the drum corps as Brass Caption Head.Joe was the visual designer for The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps from Provo, UT from 2015-2017.
As a designer and clinician, Joe has been active working with bands of various sizes. Joe has been a successful visual designer for drum corps, high school marching bands, and indoor ensembles around the country.
His passion for music education and program design has turned into a stimulating and fulfilling career, and he could not imagine doing anything else.
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Vanessa Cheverez Lyttle, Assistant Band Director (Woodwinds) & AAHS/EAGLEVIEW MS Orchestra Director
Vanessa Lyttle brings to us experience from a variety of musical groups and locations. Vanessa was born and raised in Orange County, New York where she began her studies on flute. She then pursued a BA of Music Education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she majored in flute and also earned an instrumental minor in violin studies. She was named the University’s Distinguished Senior of the Year in Music Education in 2002.
Vanessa then began her career teaching Orchestra and Guitar in Cobb County Schools for 3 years before being given the opportunity to widen her influence by teaching both Band and Orchestra at Woodstock Middle School in Woodstock, Georgia where she remained for 7 years. Throughout her time in Georgia, she was able to perform on a variety of instruments. She performed on flute, alto flute and bass flute in the KSU flute choir, oboe in the KSU Wind Ensemble, violin in the Georgia Symphony, violin in the Rome Symphony and flute in the Atlanta Wind Ensemble. She also performed regularly at area weddings with her string group, the Kennesaw Quartet.
Vanessa has been successful as a teacher and director, having served as her district’s State Orchestra Chair for 4 years organizing and hosting events for the Georgia Music Educator’s Association. She also collaborated with Atlanta Symphony musicians to host a collaborative education festival for all of Cobb County in 2004. Her Bands and Orchestras have been successful at numerous state festivals as well as Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida and the Smokey Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Mrs. Lyttle’s private studio has been successful in the metro Atlanta area teaching flute, violin, cello, guitar, piano and oboe from 1997-2012 at various music stores including Music and Arts, Sadler Music and Ponier Music. She was then required to move as a new military spouse and has resided in Wahiawa (Hawaii), Fayetteville (North Carolina) and now Colorado Springs! She was given the opportunity most recently to direct the Challenger Middle School Bands for the remainder of the 2017 school year while their director was on leave.
Mrs. Lyttle has two children, Lucas (11) and Elena (4) and plans to be involved in lots of activities in the Springs with her kids when they are not involved supporting her husband with his Army responsibilities at Fort Carson. We are especially excited to be joining the Air Academy Kadet family for the the 2017-2018 school year!