March 23, 2012

Christian Baughman

MME – Boston University
BME – Drake University

Christian Baughman is currently the seventh grade instrumental music instructor in the Ankeny Community Schools and has previously held teaching positions in the Des Moines, Newton and Johnston public schools. He has also instructed the brass line of the World Finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Iowa.

Mr. Baughman studied the trumpet with Andy Classen at Drake University where he was a member of the Drake University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band I. His teaching philosophy for trumpet centers on showing students how daily practice of the fundamentals can make playing the trumpet easier and more rewarding. Mr. Baughman is passionate about music making and the positive impact music education can have on young people’s lives.

Mr. Baughman earned his Master of Music Education degree from Boston University in January 2008 and has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University. He is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Baughman resides in Clive with his wife Kelly and their three year old son, Elliot. He enjoys bicycling, home cooked meals and live music.

January 30, 2012

Derek Stratton

Derek Stratton, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is currently the Middle School Band Director for the Pella Community Schools. There, he is responsible for Seventh Grade Band, Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Jazz Bands, and lessons for students in grades six through eight.

Mr. Stratton is considered one of the most versatile music educators in the state, having taught in all sizes of schools and situations. His experience includes the Perry Junior and Senior High Schools, Dowling High School, Indianola High School, Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools (5-12), and PCM High School. His Pella seventh grade concert band has received highly superior ratings at all large group festivals in his district as well as being chosen twice to perform at the Iowa Music Educators Conference. His eighth grade jazz band commissioned a work from composer/jazz educator Bob Washut and was invited to open for Washut’s “Jazz Panther” spring concert at the University of Northern Iowa in 2008.

In 1982, he received the ASBDA-Stanbury Award as Outstanding Young Band Director for the State of Iowa and also was awarded a Music Education Fellowship to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1977 and Master of Music Education in 1982 from Drake University in Des Moines.

In November of 2003, he became one of 8,195 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide who achieved National Board Certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. His certificate is in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/Music.

An active trumpet player in the Des Moines area, he has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra since 1982 and Principal Trumpet since 1986. Described by the symphony’s conductor, Joseph Giunta, as “one of the best trumpet players in the state”, he can be heard as soloist on the symphony’s recording of Concerto in F by Gershwin with Earl Wild, piano, on the Chesky label. In October 2004, he performed Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto with the Des Moines Symphony. The Des Moines Register said “Stratton plays with poignant lyricism.” He also has performed with the Des Moines Municipal Band, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Des Moines Choral Society, and the Des Moines Symphony Brass Quintet as well as numerous shows at the Des Moines Civic Center.

His wife, Julie, teaches art at Pella High School and they have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Rachael.

January 12, 2012

Carl Eitzen

Carl Eitzen is a native of San Diego, Calif., and is currently a member of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. He is former principal trumpet of the Las Colinas, Garland and Arlington Symphonies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area.  Carl has performed with other noted ensembles such as the Omaha Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and Lincoln Symphony to name a few.  Carl has been musical director, show band leader and played lead trumpet aboard several ships for Carnival Cruise Lines.

As a soloist, Carl has been featured with the Heartland of America Band at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Holland Performing Arts Center Opening Gala concerts in 2005, USAF Brass in Blue, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and UCLA Symphonic Band.  He has also performed many recitals and conducted brass clinics throughout the Midwest and Southern California.

Carl’s earliest music training on the trumpet came from his father, John Eitzen, while attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  He received his formal music education from the University of Arizona and University of California at Los Angeles where he earned his bachelor and baster of music degrees, respectively.  Carl’s primary teachers include Jens Lindemann- international trumpet soloist and former member of the Canadian Brass, Keith Johnson- Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas and Edward Reid- Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony and Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arizona.

Carl resides in Papillion, Neb., with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Claire.  When not performing music, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and working out.