Dr. Thomas G. Evans
Dr. Thomas G. Evans is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College where he conducts and oversees all aspects of the band program (Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band). In addition to conducting, he teaches courses in Music History, Music Education, Jazz, Trombone and Euphonium. He became the conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band in 2002, a widely-respected community band of nearly 100 musicians.
Tom joined the faculty of Kalamazoo College in 1995 having held a similar position for eight years at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. His jazz bands have toured internationally (Russia, Estonia, Finland, and Tunisia) as well as nationally (Chicago, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and Detroit). In 2004, Tom took a 7-piece jazz combo from Kalamazoo College to Numazu, Japan. This week-long concert tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Kalamazoo and Numazu. Prior to teaching in higher education, Tom taught for six years in the New York State public schools where his high school bands and orchestras achieved the highest ratings at state festivals. For the past six years, Tom has had the privilege of teaching music courses in Italy during the months of May and June.
Tom holds a Doctorate of Music Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree in Music Education and Trombone Performance from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Tom has performed on the trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Recently, Tom appeared as a trombone soloist with the Kalamazoo Concert Band. In addition to performing as a freelance trombonist, Tom is a frequent clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. Tom has also written for The Instrumentalist.
Tom is especially proud of his twin children Matthew and Victoria who are pursuing degrees in music performance. When Tom is not conducting, playing the trombone, or teaching in the classroom, he enjoys reading, cooking, backpacking, hiking, camping, bicycling, gardening, traveling, and training his dog for search and rescue operations with the Southwest Michigan Emergency Response Team.
Brian K. Shetterly
Brian K. Shetterly was named Assistant Conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band in the fall of 2003. Brian retired in 2011 from his position as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Three Rivers High School where he taught and conducted the High School Bands and the High School Orchestra. While at Three Rivers Brian taught Beginning Band, Middle School Bands and conducted the H.S. String Orchestra, H.S. Symphony Orchestra, H.S. Concert Band, H.S. Symphony Band, the Wildcat Basketball Pep Band and the Wildcat Marching Band. He has also served as the President of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District 11 and as a member of the MSBOA State Executive Board.
Brian started teaching at Three Rivers in 1984 after spending six years as the Director of Bands in Watervliet, Michigan. Brian’s Middle School Bands, High School Bands and Marching Band consistently received Division I Superior Ratings at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Concert and Marching Festivals at the District and State levels for 33 years. His Bands at Three Rivers received Superior Ratings and have won numerous competitions including Festival Disney and the MusicFest Orlando Concert and Marching Competitions in Orlando and Music In The Parks Competitions in Sandusky, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto and Orlando. The Three Rivers High School Symphony Band won the prestigious Festival Disney Concert Band Division National Championship Trophy in the spring of 2006. Brian was awarded the Rotary Club/Three Rivers Community Schools Distinguished Educator of the Year Award in 2006 and was named MSBOA Emeritus Member in January of 2012.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University and has done graduate work at Western Michigan University and the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is currently Principal Bass Trombonist with the Kalamazoo Concert Band and has been a member of the band since 1985. He remains active in music education as an adjudicator, clinician and private lesson teacher.