Protzman Hired as Director of Concert Bands

Protzman Hired as Director of Concert Bands
Posted on 06/14/2017

Ed ProtzmanFor Mason High School’s nationally recognized band program, two heads are really better than one.  On June 13, the Mason City School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline’s recommendation to hire Edward F. Protzman as the new Mason High School Director of Concert Bands. Protzman joins Johnnie B. Green, who was hired in April as the new Mason High School Director of Marching Bands.


“Mr. Protzman is a highly accomplished educator, musician and director, but what really stood out to us was the way his colleagues talk about his professionalism and genuine concern for students. Mr. Protzman shares an exciting vision for our Mason Bands - and we are confident that he will do a terrific job overseeing our nationally recognized concert band program while working as a great partner to Mr. Green on the marching band side of the house," said Dr. Kist-Kline.


Protzman is excited to join the Mason Band family and music community.  “It is an honor to join the fantastic team of music educators, who have built a tradition of incredible concert ensembles at all levels of the Mason School District. I am looking forward to contributing to the artistry, musical excellence, and philosophical direction of all the bands.  Just as importantly, I look forward to building strong musical and professional relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the Mason community.  I am a strong believer in the power of music education and want the Mason band program to achieve great things while building even greater young people.”


Protzman currently serves as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He has served in this position since the opening of the school in the fall of 2010. While in this position his ensembles have consistently received top ratings in Kansas Music Educators Association's (KMEA) large and small group festivals. Before coming to Kansas to teach in the Blue Valley School District, Protzman was the Director of Bands at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. His bands and ensembles have been selected by audition to perform at state music educator conventions in Kansas, Delaware, and Pennsylvania including four concerts over the past three years at the KMEA All-State Conference. In 2014, he was selected as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award, and in 2016 he was voted teacher of the year at Blue Valley Southwest High School. His ensembles have performed across the United States and abroad including performances in Beijing, China by the Central Bucks Honors Wind Ensemble in the summer of 2008.  In 2017, he capped off his tenure at Blue Valley Southwest with a concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City featuring composer John Mackey.

“The Mason Band Program’s success was built by visionary staff who knew how to cultivate our students’ talents and families’ support. Mr. Protzman is committed to building on our tradition of excellence with Mr. Green and the rest of our dedicated staff, and we can’t wait to see what our Band Family will accomplish together,” said Dave Hyatt, MHS Principal.


Protzman’s education includes a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting Degree from West Chester University, West Chester, PA and an Artist’s Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Calgary.  Along with his formal education, he has attended conducting seminars and master classes at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Kansas, Temple University, and Penn State University.  He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Kansas Band Master Association, and the American School Band Director's Association. Protzman will be traveling between Kansas City and Mason, Ohio for the remainder of June and hopes to be settled in the area by the first week of July, so he can begin assisting with the marching band.  He and his wife Anne, along with their cats, are looking forward to moving to Ohio.

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