Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Each year MSBOA recognizes a Teacher of the Year for Band and a Teacher of the Year for Orchestra. The
process begins in the Spring with each of the MSBOA Districts nominating a candidate in each classification.
The Executive Board reviews all of the candidates and selects up to three in each area to submit to the entire
active membership. In this posting you will find statements about each candidate.

MSBOA congratulates each of these fine instrumental music educators for their nomination to this honor. 

Band Nominees

Mike Filkins

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 Huff

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
six times.

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.

Michael Rumbell

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.

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ORCHESTRA NOMINEES

Ingrid Dykeman

Ingrid has been teaching orchestra in Michigan public schools for over 30 years where she has had the
pleasure of teaching at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She hastaught strings for over 27 years in the Kentwood Public School system at all levels (5-12) and had the distinct pleasure, while teaching strings at East Kentwood High School, of sharing the podium for full orchestra with her band colleagues,Jeffery Bennett and James Ross. In addition to Kentwood, Ms. Dykeman enjoyed being Director of Orchestras at South Haven Public. Ms. Dykeman is serving and has served as an MSBOA string judge for the state of Michigan at both district and state levelsfor over 25 years. Ms. Dykeman
is currently an adjunct Professor of Music at Hope College where her current duties focus on outreach, guest lecturing and assisting in the placement process of students with master teachers. She is an active private cello instructor, runs a private studio and has had over 40 years experience as a private studio string teacher. She has been a three-time state MSBOA finalist (Michigan Teacher of the Year-Orchestra) as well as a state finalist for teacher of the year for the Michigan Chapter of American String Teachers Association (MASTA). Ms. Dykeman has had the honor of having both her high school and
middle school orchestras play at the Mid-West Music Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. Just this year, she was a guest conductor for the East Kentwood High School String Orchestra, which played for the Michigan Music Conference. In addition to maintaining consistent superior ratings at MSBOA festivals, her high school orchestra competed in the Gateway Music Festival in Orlando, FI. in which they won the orchestra division.

Ann Felder

Ann earned her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the University of Michigan and
she has been teaching for 32 years. The last nineteen years have been at Monroe Public Schools where she currently teaches 6th-12th grade orchestra, piano, and music theory. Additionally, Ann runs two after-school ensembles, Monroe High School Chamber Strings and Frenchtown Fiddlers, that perform regularly at events around the community. Ann was also a director with Monroe Youth Orchestra (later known as the Arts Center Orchestra, or ArGO) for 24 years.

Ann has performed as a violist with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra for the past 26 years and plays with various musical theater orchestras in the area. She and her husband, emeritus member Mark Felder, were part of the South Shore Orchestra performance tour of China in both 2016 and 2018. Ann has also served as the organist at St. Gabriel's Church in Ida since 2004.

In MSBOA, Ann has served on the Festival Improvements Committee and is presently a member of the committee looking at potential changes to state band and orchestra festival. She has been on the executive board of District 12 since 2014 and is currently serving as Vice President of Solo and Ensemble.

Burke Lokey

Burke is the Orchestra Director for St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI. Under his leadership, the orchestras have earned top ratings at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Festivals, performed in Festivals in California, Georgia , Pennsylvania, and Illinois. In 2012, the SJHS Chamber Orchestra received third place at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival . This summer, he is taking a group of over 100 students on a performance tour of the United Kingdom. Burke is also the Vice President of Orchestral Activities for the Michigan Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) as well as treasurer for
the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. In 2014, Burke was appointed as the
Director of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra and has grown the program into four ensembles, including the newly added Wind Ensemble.

Before coming to St. Joseph, Burke taught instrumental music in New York City and Rockland County, NY from 2002 to 2010. He helped build a thriving string program in Nyack, NY that has been recognized on a state and national level. During that time, he arranged music for, and conducted ensembles t h a t were showcased a t such venues as the Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and New York State Music Association Conferences . Burke has an extensive background in Music Education, having received a BA in Music and String Pedagogy from Arizona State University (2001) and a MA in Music Education from Columbia University (2008).He has led workshops and presentations on the use of music technology for education and music advocacy in the community. Burke shares his love of music with his wife, Becky and two young sons, Ryan and Evan. He also enjoys cooking, sports, reading, and traveling.

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