The Arkansas Valley Community Band is under new co-direction — Kevin Beaber, Crowley County and Mark Emery, Pueblo County.

The Arkansas Valley Community Band is under new co-direction — Kevin Beaber, Crowley County and Mark Emery, Pueblo County. Both directors found their love of music through the Boulder School District and bring their many talents to the Arkansas Valley and southeast Colorado.

The AVCB is thrilled to welcome both of these wonderful directors to the podium, and invite the community and friends to meet them in person at their upcoming concert, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Rocky Ford High School.

The AVCB is composed of members of all ages and abilities from Las Animas to Pueblo. They are always encouraging new members. If you played or currently play any instrument they would love to have you join their weekly fun. Visit www.Arkansasvalleycb.weebly.com for more information.

Kevin Beaber

Kevin Beaber is currently beginning his 31st year of teaching, the past 28 of which with Crowley County School District in Ordway, Colorado. Ensembles under Kevin’s direction have performed at CMEA Clinic Conference, Colorado Association of School Boards Annual Conference, and the festivities associated with the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Beaber is a member of NAfME/CMEA and has been since 1985. Before that he was a member of the CMENC chapter of Colorado State University where he served as president from1983-84. He has served CMEA in a number of capacities off and on since 1992 and has held positions of area representative, secretary/treasurer, chair-elect/chair, and state chair for Tri-M Music Honor Society. Kevin was the chair of the All State Orchestra as it's governing body transitioned from the University of Colorado at Boulder to CMEA.

Beaber is a member of the ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu and the Colorado Bandmasters Association. Kevin has been active in the Arkansas Valley Music League, an active group of music teachers from southeastern Colorado that work together in a cooperative multi-level association, serving as president, treasurer, and chairing various honor groups the AVML sponsors. He has been asked to sit a number of terms on the Colorado High School Activities Association Music Committee representing small high school interests. He is an active band and orchestral adjudicator and has sat on judging panels throughout Colorado for CHSAA and the Colorado West music festival.

Beaber has been honored twice with the Teacher-of-the-Year award given by the Crowley County Chamber of Commerce. He received the University of Southern Colorado (CSU-Pueblo) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001 as a result of an essay written by a high school student about his influence on her life. He was also honored with the Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award in 2002 and 2009.

Beaber is finishing his term as Immediate Past-President of the American School Band Directors Association and has also served two terms as National Secretary and Member-at-Large. Through his presidential term with ASBDA Kevin served on the Music Education Roundtable and has had several opportunities to visit Washington, D.C., to advocate for music education with senators and representatives from Colorado. Traveling to various parts of the country to represent ASBDA and their national Executive Board has given him a powerful perspective of how music is taught in different regions of the United States as well as different parts of the world. His new venture started in February when he was elected to the position of President-Elect of the Colorado Music Educators Association.

He has two wonderful children, Jennifer and Stephen, and a beautiful grandson, Kaleb, which inspire him to continue to seek the best in others.

Mark Emery

Mark Emery attended the University of Northern Colorado and in 1982 began his teaching career in Haxtun, Colorado, continuing in Antonito, Colorado. In 1984 he was hired to teach band in Pueblo, Colorado, at Pueblo County High School. While at “County” ensembles under Emery’s direction achieved consistent Superior Ratings in Concert and Jazz. Appearing 25 times in C.B.A. Marching Finals, his marching bands won six Colorado Bandmaster’s Association State Championships and were runners-up four times. Under Emery’s leadership, bands traveled to numerous out of state festivals including Florida, New Mexico and Hawaii. In 2007 the band marched in The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin Ireland. In 2011 Emery retired from Pueblo County High School.

Since 1993, Emery has been the director of The Pueblo Sun City Middle School Marching Band which is a summer all city/county marching band that travels throughout Colorado representing Pueblo in parades and performances. He also conducts The Pueblo Municipal Band, which recently celebrated its one hundredth anniversary.

Since retirement Emery enjoys marching band adjudicating and helping with the Colorado Bandmasters' Association Regional and State Concert band festivals. He also enjoys welding and fabricating marching band carts.

Emery was elected in 2013 to serve on the Board of Education for School District 70. He is an advocate for children and the arts.

Emery wishes to thank his wife, Ellen, for her many years of support. They have four wonderful children, Philip, Joe, Molly and Katie and four grandchildren. Their son Philip, is also a Colorado band director.