Mike Filkins is an outstanding music educator and a mentor for many directors in the District I area. He has
been a member of District I for 31 years, during which time he has served as an officer on the District I
Executive Board numeroustimes, headed up several committees, hosts District and State Solo & Ensemble
Festival each year, and is actively involved throughout the association.
A University of Michigan graduate, Mike started histeaching career at Charlevoix Area Schools, then
spent two years at DeTour Area Schools and 10 years at Manton Consolidated Schools before moving to
Cadillac Area Public Schools where he has been for the past 21 years.
Mike is constantly seeking out and creating unique opportunitiesfor studentsto use their talents, such as
performing at the Detroit Thanksgiving Parades (winning the Battle of the Bands in their first appearance),
taking his drum line to perform in Detroit, performing at college halftime shows and being featured every fall
on TV 7 & 4 live.
Mike brings in multiple clinicians, guest artists and composers every year for the benefit of his students. He is
also very generous with other local directors and students, making them aware of and inviting them to attend
and participate in these events for the greater benefit to all. He has headed up several commissioning projects,
resulting in new works for school groups. His bands and students have consistently received Superior and
Excellent ratings at MSBOA Band and Orchestra Festivals and Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Many of Mike's
former students have numerous accolades including becoming professional musicians and music teachers.
Mike is a master teacher with a long-standing reputation of excellence both in the classroom and in the
profession. His dedication to students and passion for teaching are a wonderful example of everything we strive
to be as music educators. District I is proud to select Mike as our Teacher of the Year.
Phil is in his twenty-first y e a r as Associate Director of Bands in the Lakeshore district.
He is in his thirty-ninth year of teaching overall. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree
from Western Michigan University, and his Masters of Science in Arts and Letters from
Southern-Oregon University (American Band College).
His career began with the Niles Public Schools, followed by Parkhill Jr. High in Richardson,
Texas, New Buffalo Area Schools, and Lakeshore Public Schools.
Phil is a member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District VI where he
has held the positions of Music Education Committee Chair, Adjudicator Chair, Band and
Orchestra Chair and District President. Phil has been recognized as District VI Teacher of the Year
In 1991 Phil received the "Outstanding Music Leader Award" in recognition of outstanding
service to school and community from Lake Michigan College. He was nominated for the
"Golden Acorn Award" in 1995. Phil's article on Beginning Brass Fittings appeared in Bandworld
Magazine in 2003. Phil was the guest conductor of the Southwest Michigan Middle School Honor
Band in 2008. He has also been guest conductor for the St. Joseph Municipal Band. He was the
recipient of the R. James Jolmson Distinguished Educator Award in 2009. In 2011, Phil received
the Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award. In2012 he and wife Cindy conducted the
District Eleven Honor Bands, and in 2013 they were the conductors of the District Eight Honor
Bands. In 2012 under the direction of Phil and Cindy the Lakeshore 8th Grade Band participated
in the Fall Music Conference for Middle School Bands at W.M.U. where they performed the world
premiere of "Elation" by Sean O'Loughlin. He and colleague Dixie Detgen served as clinicians at
the Michigan Music Conference in 2012.
Since becoming a band director in Northville in 1972, conductor Michael H. Rumbell has
built an award-winning program starting with a band of 48 students. Through his 45 years he has built a high
school program that includes a 300-member marching band, a 137-member class AA symphonic band 11/12, a
75-member class B symphonic band ( 10), an 88-member class D symphonic band ( 9), a 25-member Jazz
Ensemble and an 80-member class A middle school 8th grade band. Each year the high school bands perform
at many civic and community functions under his direction, including the Victorian Parade, NHS Homecoming
Parade, the Santa Parade, Memorial Day Parade and the July 4th Parade, along with marching at all home
football games and pep assemblies. The NHS Jazz Ensemble has performed at more Detroit Jazz Festivals than
any other scholastic or professional ensemble with an amazing 35 times out of 37 years.
Mr. Rumbell’s career spans four and one-half decades in Northville. The ratings earned by his ensembles are
consistently First Divisions at District, Jazz State Regional and State Festival levels. This year (2017-2018) his
bands performed at three district festivals, one jazz state festival, and three state festivals. All of his groups
were awarded First Divisions. That is a record of 7 for 7 First Divisions and this year is not the first time Mr.
Rumbell's groups have accomplished this achievement. The groups have achieved at this level numerous times.
As a professional trombonist, Mr. Rumbell’s career includes performances with orchestras at the Fisher Theater,
Fox Theater, Gem Theater, Meadowbrook Music Festival, DTE Theater, and Freedom Hill. He has played in
orchestras for a variety of professional acts including Julie Andrews, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stacey Keach, Doc
Severinson, Mickey Rooney and many, many others.
Mr. Rumbell's career has been one of dedication to the teaching profession, to the highest level of musical
standards, to service to the community and to the students of Northville.