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.

Picture of Mrs. Emily Mikel Rowe, Mattawan Instrumental Music ParaprofessionalMrs. Emily Mikel Rowe, Instrumental Music Paraprofessional

Emily Mikel Rowe is an emerging clarinetist in the Southwest Michigan region where  she is active as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and educator. She is the clarinetist and a founding member of The Siren Winds, an all-female wind quartet that has traveled the state of Michigan performing recitals and educational clinics.

An Indiana native, Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After graduation, she taught middle school and high school band as the assistant band director for Warsaw Community Schools, in Warsaw, Indiana.

After nine years in Warsaw, Emily decided to move to Kalamazoo, Michigan to study at Western Michigan University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance.  While at Western she performed with the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, Western Winds, Graduate Woodwind Quintet, and Birds on a Wire.

Her teachers have included Caroline Hartig, Julianne Kirk-Doyle and Stephanie Hovnanian. She currently resides in Benton Harbor, Michigan with her husband Chris and their cats Boris, Natasha, and Carol Danvers.