Mark Wells

Director of: 6-8 Bands, IB Music, High School Jazz Band, Pioneer Marching Band

Education: B.M.Ed., Western Michigan University; M.M. Conducting/Band Director Pedagogy, Southern Oregon University

Years at East: 15

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jake Castillo

Director of: Pioneer Marching Band, Symphonic Band, 6-8 Grade Bands

Education: B.M. Ed., Alma College

Years at East: 5

Hometown: New Baltimore, Michigan


Kathy Larson

Director of: Middle School Choirs—6th Grade Boys and Girls, 7th Grade Boys and Girls, and 8th Grade Boys and Girls

Education: B.M.Ed., Western Michigan University; M.A. Humanities, Central Michigan University

Years at East: 21

Hometown: Chicago, IL/Niles, MI

Emily Verdonk

Director of: Treble Chorus, Pioneer Chorus, Varsity Voices, Bella Voce, Madrigals, Musical Vocal Director

Education: B.M.Ed., Western Michigan University; M.A. Music Education, Michigan State University

Years with East: 3

Hometown: South Haven, Michigan


Bree Mitchell

Director of: 6-8 Orchestras, Pioneer Orchestra, Varsity Orchestra, Musical Pit Director

Education: B.M. Music Ed., University of Memphis

Years at East: 4

Hometown: Lowell, Michigan