Daniel J. Freeman

[email protected], 913-239-3139
Director of Bands

A native of Hutchinson, KS., Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Kansas and two Masters Degrees from The University of Indiana (Music Education and Music Performance.) Mrs. Freeman (Christine) is the Choir Director at Aubry Bend Middle School in the Blue Valley District.  Mr. Freeman joined the BVN Staff as Assistant Director in 2011, and became BVN’s second head director upon the retirement of the incredible Dr. Marion Roberts in 2014.  Prior to BVN, Mr. Freeman was Director of Bands at De Soto High School for 3 years, during which time the DHS band program experienced notable growth, and was selected for performance at the Kansas Music Educator’s Association Convention.  In addition, he taught for 2 years on the staff of Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, IN, and has extensive private teaching experience (Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba).  Recent accolades include the Kansas Bandmasters’ Assocation Outstanding Young Bandmaster for the state of Kansas, July, 2013; the KMEA Northeast District Outstanding High School Band Director, November, 2017; the “Inspirational Educator Award” from momentschangelives.org in May, 2018; and was named the Blue Valley Secondary Schools Master Teacher for 2019-2020.  Performance credentials include guest artist Euphonium Soloist appearances in Kansas and Indiana, a founding member of the Award-Winning Fountain City Brass Band, the Midwest Winds, a founding member and board member for the Crossroads Wind Symphony, and is on the 2008 Album Wild Nights, recorded by the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble with the NAXOS recording label.  Professional affiliations are KMEA, NAfME, KBA, and the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity, Iota Chapter.  He is currently the President for the East Central District of KMEA. Mr. Freeman loves relaxing and enjoying life with wife Christine, daughter Lilianna, and son Matthew, who make their home in Olathe, KS.

Joel Wagoner

[email protected], 913-239-3136
Assistant Band Director
Overland Trail and Valley Park Elementary Bands (5th Grade)

After growing up in McPherson, KS, Mr. Wagoner completed a degree in Music Education at the University of Kansas, and is currently completing his Masters in Instrumental Music Pedagogy from KU. He came to BVN in the 2015-2016 school year, after teaching for two years as the Band and Choir Director at Kingman High School, and two years as the Director of Bands at McPherson High School. While at KU, Mr. Wagoner recorded two CD’s under the Naxos label as a member of the KU Wind Ensemble (Wild Nights! and Derivations), performed with the KU Saxophone Quartet I, KU Jazz Ensemble I, and the KU Marching Jayhawks. In the Fall of 2017, Mr. Wagoner was Awarded the Outstanding Young Educator Award by the Northeast District of KMEA.  Mr. Wagoner is a member of KMEA, NAfME, and KBA. Mr. Wagoner’s wife Katie is also a music educator who teaches at Park Hill South High School and teaches private oboe lessons. They enjoy spending time outside as a family with their daughter Morgan and dogs Farley and Frankie.

Charles Lovell

https://charleslovellmusic.com
Percussion Instructor

Charles Lovell is the Percussion Instructor at Blue Valley North High School and a Doctoral Candidate in Percussion Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Mr. Lovell received a Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Texas Tech University a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas . His primary teachers include Dr. Douglas Walter, Mike Tetreault, Dr. Lisa Rogers, Alan Shinn, Ji-Hye Jung, and Brandon Draper. As an orchestral percussionist, Mr. Lovell studied at the Aspen Music Festival where he performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Aspen Opera Center, Percussion Ensemble, and the Contemporary Ensemble. He has performed with the Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Pro Music Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Opera, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, Larimer Chorale, Abilene Philharmonic, and Lubbock Chorale. As a marimba soloist, Mr. Lovell performed in the Semi-Finals of the Graduate Division in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City. At CU Boulder he took 2nd Place in the 2015 Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Student Performance Competition and was also chosen as a finalist in the CU Honors (Concerto) Competition.

Other notable achievements include performances at the TMEA Conference with the Texas Tech University Orchestra and at the Canada Day of Percussion with the Texas Tech Steel Band. Mr. Lovell has performed on stage with Emmanuel Séjourné, Andy Harnsberger, Keith Urban, and the Indigo Girls. His rudimental background includes performances with the KU Drumline and the Kansas City Chiefs Rumble Drumline. Mr. Lovell has taught percussion ensembles and drumlines in all age groups; middle school through collegiate. While at Texas Tech, he directed Steel Band II, Percussion Ensemble, and the Texas Tech Drumline. Mr. Lovell has appeared as a clinician throughout Texas and Kansas. As a private teacher, he has had students advance in All-Region and All-State contests. Mr. Lovell is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Learn more about the BVN Percussion Program and Percussion Staff

Amanda Sipes

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Color Guard Director

Originally from Wichita, KS, Ms. Sipes has been participating in Color Guard teams for a little over 10 years including her time on the Maize High Color Guard and the K-State Color Guard team. While on the K-State Color Guard, she served as a section leader for two years and performed at the Pinstripe Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. She began coaching the Blue Valley North Color Guard Team during the 2015-2016 school year and has loved every minute! Ms. Sipes holds a Bachelor in Music Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kansas State University, and recently earned her  Masters Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. In the Fall of 2017, she completed a Music Therapy internship at the Children’s Mercy Hospital, and is currently a practicing Music Therapist in the Greater Kansas City Area. She is always looking forward to the Marching Mustangs season!

Learn more about the Colorguard!