Ron Lewis is currently director of the Wind Ensemble at the Freshman Academy. Ron has been teaching for thirty years, and is a graduate from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated high school from Checotah, Oklahoma. His bands have received many superior ratings and sweepstakes awards. Ron's high school band won the Worlds of Fun “Festival of Music” contest in 2006, and his middle school band in 2011. His high school band in McAlester (OK) was selected as an OMEA Honor Band in 1998 and his middle school band in Collinsville (OK) in 2011. While in Muldrow (OK), Ron was voted Teacher of the Year by his peers.
He is active as an adjudicator in all areas, and as a guest clinician for bands and honor groups in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Ron is a member of ASBOA Region 8, OMEA, OMMAA, ABA, OBA, JEN, and Phi Beta Mu. Ron is a Past-President of OBA (2004-2005). Ron also served as the OMEA All-State Band Chair for 2009-2010. Ron's hobbies include gigging on trumpet, and playing golf.
Ron's wife, Gina, is a colorguard instructor and teacher for Van Buren Public Schools. His son, Saxon, works at the School of Rock in Frisco and is a freelance musician in the Dallas area, and his daughter, Kelci, is Director of Operations for the Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics team.
Brad Reeves is in his sixth year as part of the Van Buren Band Staff. Prior to coming to Van Buren, he served as the high school director for the Mansfield Public Schools (AR) and middle school director for the Cedarville Public Schools (AR). He holds a Bachelor of Music Education & a Master of Education from Arkansas Tech University. Mr. Reeves conducts the Van Buren Freshman Academy Symphonic Band as well as co-directs the Van Buren High School Wind Ensemble. He also teaches low brass throughout the district & assists with all aspects of the Pointer Pride Marching Band.
Mr. Reeves has served as an adjudicator and guest clinician throughout Arkansas and holds professional membership in ASBOA, ABA, AASCD & the International Trombone Association.
He currently resides in Van Buren with his wife Crystal, who is the band director at Northridge Middle School in Van Buren, his 7-year-old daughter Avril Kay, who is a second grader at Parkview Elementary, and his 2-year-old daughter Harper Leigh. When not at school, Mr. Reeves enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on the hogs, and playing bass trombone in the orchestra at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
Julie Konzelman is in her 20th year of teaching. Julie is a 2010 graduate of Arkansas Tech University (M.Ed., Teaching, Learning and Leadership). She also holds a degree from the University of North Texas (M.M., Flute Performance) and is a 1985 graduate of Arkansas Tech University (B.A., Music Education). She is an active flute clinician and also serves as a mentor for new teachers throughout the state. She earned her National Board Certification in 2005 and was awarded a renewal in 2015.
Julie currently teaches 8th Grade Band at Butterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren, Arkansas. She also team-teaches with colleagues and provides flute instruction for the Van Buren Band program. Ms. Konzelman previously held performing positions with the Fort Smith Symphony, the Altoona Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony, and served as a Master flute teacher with the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Konzelman is a member of ASBOA, ABA, and Phi Beta Mu. Julie also holds leadership offices in ASBOA and ABA.
Julie is married to Charles Konzelman and has a daughter, Carly, who is attending Baylor-Texas A&M College of Dentistry and a son, Alex, who is a Sophomore member of the Razorback Marching Band.
Crystal Reeves is the Band Director at Northridge Middle School in Van Buren. Mrs. Reeves is in her 10th year of teaching band in Arkansas. She first served as the Jr. High Director in Clarksville (AR), before coming to Van Buren in the fall of 2011.
Mrs. Reeves teaches beginning clarinets at both Northridge and Butterfield Trail Middle Schools, conducts the NMS 7th grade band, and also the NMS 8th grade band. She teaches clarinets in grades 9-12 through sectionals and private lessons. Mrs. Reeves considers her own clarinet teachers, Mr. Earl Allain and Dr. Kelly Johnson as some of her greatest influences.
Mrs. Reeves is a member of ASBOA, ArkMEA, NAfME, and was recently inducted into Phi Beta Mu. She lives in Van Buren with her husband, Bradley Reeves, who is also a band director in Van Buren.
Mrs. Reeves enjoys spending her spare time with Mr. Reeves and their two daughters; Avril Kay (7), and Harper Leigh (2).
Gina Lewis is in her 5th year as the Van Buren Color Guard Coordinator, but had been a color guard instructor for over 20 years in Oklahoma before moving to Arkansas. She has written choreography for numerous schools across Oklahoma for both marching and winter guard programs. She has been a color guard adjudicator throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. She is in her fifth year as a career & technology education teacher in the Van Buren School District.
She is married to Mr. Ron Lewis, co-director of bands at VBHS Freshman Academy. She is a graduate of NSU in Tahlequah, OK where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.
She and Ron have 2 children--Saxon has a degree in Music Performance from UNLV and teaches at the School of Rock in Frisco, Texas. Kelci is married and is Director of Operations for the Arkansas Gymnastics team and is pursuing her master's degree in Physical Education.
Gail Sly is in her 20th year with the Van Buren School district. She proudly serves as the band department's Administrative Secretary. She divides her time between all of the bands at the High School, Freshman Academy, Northridge Middle School and Butterfield Trail Middle School, assisting them with anything they may need. Her degrees are in Political Science, Sociology and Psychology.
Gail attends Heritage Church and has served as president of Heritage United Methodist Church's United Methodist Women, Heritage's Board of Ministries, Heritage's Bereavement Committee, Secretary for the Northwest Arkansas United Women, and has served on the local Board of Church Women United.
She has 2 wonderful children: Natalie, who graduated from Van Buren and UAFS and works for USA Truck, and a son, Nicholas Sly, who also graduated Van Buren High School and UAFS. He now lives and works in South Carolina with his wonderful wife Alyssa and their two children, Jacob and Zachary. In Ms. Sly's free time, she enjoys traveling, fishing, spoiling her grandchildren, and following the NASCAR circuit with the love of her life, John Ferrell.
Brent Evans is the newest addition to the Van Buren Band Staff, joining the team after spending the past 5 years as a band director at Ramsey Junior High & Southside High Schools in Fort Smith (AR). Prior to coming to Arkansas, Mr. Evans spent 18 years directing bands in the State of Oklahoma where his bands were consistent OSSAA Sweepstakes winners.
Mr. Evans holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. As a member of the Van Buren Band Staff, Mr. Evans co-directs the Van Buren High School Concert band, coordinates the Van Buren Middle School Jazz program, directs the Butterfield Trail Middle School 7th grade band, assists with the Pointer Pride Marching Band, teaches beginning trumpet, & works with Van Buren Freshman Academy Bands in all aspects of performance & player development.
Mr. Evans is a member of Phi Beta Mu, OBA, ABA, ASBOA, & past-president of the Eastern Oklahoma Band Directors Association. He firmly believes teaching music at any level to be a ministry.
He currently resides in Sallisaw, OK with his wife of 25 years, Carol. The Evans's also have 3 children, Hayden (23) who works for Total Quality Logistics in Lowell, AR, daughter Haleigh (19) sophomore Marketing / Management Major at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK and Hope (17) an 11th grade student at Van Buren who is a member of the Van Buren Bands
Rick Endel recently retired after serving students in Arkansas for 35 years; 28 of those years spent in Van Buren. He resides in Van Buren, Arkansas with his wife, Dr. Karen Endel, who is the principal of Butterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren and a former band director, herself.
Rick is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas and attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and artist throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma in both concert bands and jazz bands. Rick is a member of ASBOA, Phi Beta Mu and is the past president of the Arkansas IAJE. He performs frequently as a keyboardist in several bands throughout Western Arkansas.
Rick & Karen have two children, Dr. Kim Endel who is a band director at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Kathryn Endel who currently resides in Los Angeles
Ron Smith, Director of Bands, is currently serving in his seventeenth year as a member of the Van Buren Instrumental Music Department staff. A graduate of Alma (AR) High School, Mr. Smith holds a B.S.E. degree from the University of Arkansas as well as a M.Ed. degree from the University of Arkansas. Before accepting a position in the Van Buren School District, Mr. Smith conducted championship bands for eight years in the state of Oklahoma, consistently receiving accolades on the state and regional level.
While serving as the Director of Bands for the Van Buren Schools, Mr. Smith has added to the long and proud tradition of performance excellence that the Van Buren Instrumental Music Program is synonymous with throughout the state and region - including numerous marching band caption awards, class championships and overall championships, as well as the addition of 12 ASBOA Sweepstakes Awards to a legacy that spans more than thirty years consecutively.
Mr. Smith has served as the staff music arranger for numerous high school and university marching bands throughout the United States. Mr. Smith is also an active clinician, adjudicator and consultant throughout the southwest United States serving bands in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, California and New Mexico. Mr. Smith's professional affiliations include ASBOA, ABA, OMEA, OBA, MENC, and Phi Beta Mu.
This year Mr. Smith will be celebrating his twenty-fifth year of marriage to his extremely wonderful and supportive wife Stephanie Everitt-Smith, PhD. The Smith's have two wonderful children – Dylan (14) and Bailey (11).
Dustin Chambers is a 1994 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Mr. Dustin Chambers taught for the Collinsville School District (OK) until 1999, when he accepted the position for Director of Percussion Studies for the Van Buren School District. In 2009 Mr. Chambers accepted the position as the Assistant Band Director for Van Buren High School while also remaining as the Percussion Director for the district grades 6 through 12.
During his tenure at VBHS, the drum line has won many awards for outstanding drum line at the Arkansas Open Marching contest, the Arkansas Governors Cup Marching Contest, The Northwest Arkansas Marching Classic contest, and most recently at Renegade Review in Tulsa, OK. The high school percussion ensemble has performed at the Arkansas Day of Percussion at the University of Arkansas.
Mr. Chambers frequently serves as an adjudicator for marching contests in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Currently he has been performing with the Fort Smith Symphony. Mr. Chambers is also a staff percussion arranger/composer for Jair Klarfeld Music. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Vic Firth Education Team and an endorser of Evans Drumheads. Mr. Chambers plays drumset in the Praise and Worship band at First Baptist Van Buren.
He is married to his wonderful wife Stacey and they have 2 children, Ariana and Davis.