Mr. William Boswell, Associate Director of Bands

Bill Boswell has been teaching Mattawan Bands since 2008, after coming from the Dryden Community Schools where he was director of music for grades K-12 for two years. Bill works with the sixth and eighth grade bands, high school marching band, and is the symphonic band director.

Bill holds a B.M. in Music Education from Michigan State University and recently completed his M.E. in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University. He is an active adjudicator for Scholastic Marching Bands and the Michigan Color Guard Circuit as well as a number of indoor percussion circuits outside the state. He also works as an arranger and consultant for the Legends Performing Arts Association as well as a number of high school programs.

In his spare time Bill enjoys hiking and spending time with his daughter, Charlee.

Ms. Beth Jonker, Associate Director of Bands

Beth Jonker has been teaching the Mattawan Bands since 2014 after spending fourteen years as the Director of Bands in Parchment, Michigan and two years in Mendon. Beth is the co-director for the marching band and 6th grade band, and is the lead director for the 7th grade band and HS Concert Band.

Beth attended the University of Michigan for two years as a trumpet music education major and a member of the Michigan Marching Band. Beth graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.M. in Music Education and an M.M.E. in Music Education with a cognate in trumpet performance.

Beth just completed her 5th year as the summer Band Director at Camp Wakeshma in Three Rivers, Michigan. She is also in her third year as the Co-Director of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphonic Orchestra Prep Winds Program. In the summer of 2015, she traveled as a staff member with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

In her free time she enjoys playing the trumpet; camping and fishing on her family farm; and spending time with her family and her chocolate lab puppy, Bear. Beth has 3 children: Ryan (30) a Percussion Instructor/Arranger and performing member in the Commandant’s Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps stationed in Washington, D.C.; April (27) a Design and Sales Rep at FJM Uniform Company and percussion instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Bellbrook HS, and Matrix Percussion in Akron, Ohio; and Maggie (18) a recent Mattawan trumpet grad from the Class of 2019 who is pursuing her Electrician’s license at KVCC as part of her career pursuit in Musical Theatre tech.

Mrs. Stephanie Roof, Instrumental Music Paraprofessional

Stephanie Roof joined the Mattawan Band Program in 2016. She received her B.M. in Music Education and Flute Performance from Western Michigan University under professors Christine Smith and Martha Councell-Vargas. There she performed in the WMU Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Flute Choir as well as the Kalamazoo Civic and Centre Stage Theatre.

Additionally, she co-directed the WMU Flute Choir, co-taught a masterclass for a WMU Middle School Honor’s Band, and worked with the Parchment, Plainwell, Schoolcraft, and Gull Lake band programs. Stephanie received her M.M. in Flute Performance from Ball State University under professor Mihoko Watanabe. There, she was active in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra; Ball State University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She also directed the BSU Flute Choir, coached the undergraduate woodwind quintet, and worked with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Youth Wind Ensemble.

Since 2006, Stephanie has taught private flute lessons at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level. She has also participated in various performances and masterclasses including Beyond the Masterclass with Jim Walker (2015), BSU New Music Festival (2015), Greater Indianapolis Flute Fest (2015), and BSU Flute Day (2014 & 2015).

In 2007, Stephanie had the opportunity to travel with the Southwest Michigan Ambassadors of Music as a student.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Portage.