1911-2011   100 Years of Excellence
Grand Junction High School
Band - Alumni

Bengal Tiger The Grand Junction High School band undoubtedly has a special place in the hearts of many.  Over the course of 80 years, and at least 10 band directors, the band has continued to offer successful opportunities and life changing experiences to thousands!  We would like to create a database of band alumni, and post news and announcements about our alumni's whereabouts, successes, and experiences.  Please email director Isaac Lavadie any information about alumni, or announcements. 

 

Announcements

 

Alumni Listing

To add any information, please email Director of Bands

2000's:

Class of 2008

Travis Chapman
Kelsey Neil

James Haag

Tyler Hardwick

Justin Hays

Brendan Gibbons

Rory Blume

Collin Wilson

Katie Bock

Katie Nees

John Brennecke

Megan Poeppel

Sonya Cook

Peter Rosenthal

Keenan Neil

Amanda Lange

Mackenzie Wise

Daniel Ohlson

Chrystal Schefflen

Class of 2009

Tessa Honnen-Valley Forge Christian College

Cassandra Torske- University of Northern Colorado

Lyndi Beth Hoffman- Mesa State College

Kyle Thompson- Mesa State College

Eric J. Law- Berkley College

Michael Langston- Mesa State College

Kalea Sebesta- University of Colorado

Taylor Reiners-University of Hawaii

Darcy Leggett-University of Washington

Daniel Kell- Mesa State College

Nate Trumbo- York Christian College

Alex Murillo- Mesa State College

Detrick Snyder-CU Boulder

Andrew Kamas- Colorado State University

Class of 2010

Daniel LaPlant

Bryce MacEvoy-Moglia - Mesa State College

Josh Reed

Addison Eng - St. Olaf College

Hunter Donnelly-Renner - University of Denver

Aaron Heldmeyer - Colorado School of Mines

Erin Holl - Mesa State College

Amy Nelms - Graceland University

Haley Joyce - Colorado Mountain College

Michael Gebhard - Brigham Young University

Robert Matticks

Melanie Mosinski - Rennslaer Polytechnic Institute

Jonathan Wright - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Calloway May - New York University

Cody Krieger - Mesa State College

Sean Edens - Mesa State College

Class of 2011

Spencer Pendry - Mesa State College

Clara Hankins - Mesa State College

Michael Foster

Tianna Thomason - Colorado Mountain College

Kailyn Bennett - University of Colorado, Boulder

Ben Wilson - Mesa State College

Sean Kennedy - Mesa State College

Cheyenne Green

Parker Hegstrom - Duke University

Kevin Melchoir - Mesa State College

Chris Bock - Mesa State College

Brooke Malone - Colorado State University

Matt Zerler - Mesa State College

Class of 2012

Meghan Casey - University of Wyoming

Sarah Wilson - Colorado Mesa University

Rebecca Gerry - Colorado Mesa University

Rayna Watkins - Colorado Mesa University

Devon Hoffman - Colorado Mesa University

Kara Diemer - Taylor University

Heather Seacrest - Cedarville University

Emmy Pipkin - Colorado State University

Allie Zirger - Colorado State University

Arlo Miller

Brian Lange - Colorado Mesa University

Julie Kembel - Biola University

Nicole Travis - University of Colorado

Laura Lockwood - University of Denver

John Maier - University of Colorado, Boulder

Amanda Johnson - University of Colorado, Boulder

Marcus Gutierrez - Colorado Mesa University

Class of 2013

Cameron Honnen - Colorado Mesa University

Keaton Michel - University of Northern Colorado

Alec Cowan - Colorado Mesa University

Emily Tyler

Briana Hendrickson

Dylan Ragar - University of Colorado

Ben Fairbanks - Colorado Mesa University

Brittney Davis - Colorado State University

Anne Hughes - Colorado State University

Julian Hedlund-Drumm - Westminster College

AJ Schlechten - University of Colorado, Boulder

Max Houtris - Cleveland Institute of Music

Jacob Filutze - MTU

Katherine Gibson - University of Denver

Zac Barger - University of Colorado, Boulder

Joel Trumbo - Colorado Mesa University

Shiloh Fox - Colorado Mesa University

Josh Hoffman - Colorado Mesa University

Adam Heldmeyer - Colorado School of Mines

Afton Lard - Delta Tech

Sam Gall - University of Northern Colorado

Seth Wollam (Director)

  

   Graduate Student, IUP

   Doctoral Candidate at University of North Texas

Genice Matzke (Director)

   Monument, CO

   Band Director at Liberty High School, Lewis-Palmer SD

Thomas Chapman, Trumpet and Drum Major, Class of 2003

In 2008, Tom received his Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado.  During that time, as a student teacher he worked with Matthew Arau of Loveland High School to put on their Spring Concert where he conducted two of the bands as well as the Loveland High Combined Bands.  In January, 2009, Tom will be presenting at the Colorado Music Educator's Conference in Colorado Springs on Arts, Academics, and Athletics: Balancing the Spectrum and how to maintain excellence and advocate a music program. Since Fall of 2008, he has been asked to guest lecture at both CU and UNC and sit on a panel to discuss music advocacy at CSU. His students continue to experience success, and in 2009 sent three students out of four that auditioned to All-State Band (the fourth one was selected as an alternate).  Tom lives with his wife, Jen, and pets in Kit Carson, CO, where he teaches K-12 music.

Kimberly Davis, Color Guard, Class of 2004

    Kimberly was a member of the GJHS Color Guard where she served as Color Guard Captain for two years.  She helped reintroduce the University of New Mexico Spirit Marching Band's color guard in 2006 as their captain. She also coached the color and winter guard at La Cueva High School, in Albuquerque, NM, from 2006-2008.

After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with a BA in mass communications, Kimberly began to pursue her MFA in documentary film production at the University of North Texas.  She is currently in pre-production for her second film with the program, titled 5...6...,5,6,7,8, which will dive into the crazy experiences of independent winter guard.  While following a
Dallas-based guard through their trek to the WGI International Championships, Kimberly plans on revisiting her own personal experience with this sport. 

Sean Hopkins-Feuerborn, Trombone, Class of 2000

   Sean is currently residing in Lakewood, CO, where he is Co-Head Geek for one of the Best Buy Geek Squads.

Mark Feuerborn, Baritone and Tuba, Class of 2005       

     Mark is a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and was a marching band visual tech for the GJHS Tiger Pride Band.   Mark wishes to pursue a degree in some area of music, but would like to complete his drum corps career first. Mark marched contra 2 seasons with the Casper Troopers before moving to Knights in 2006 to march tuba, when the Casper Troopers did not field a corps.

David Feuerborn, Tuba, Class of 2007           

     David is a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and was a marching band visual tech for the GJHS Tiger Pride Band.  David is currently in school earning his automotive degree.  Upon completion, he plans to pursue a degree in music education.  David marched 2005 on baritone with the Casper Troopers.  In 2006 he moved to Blue Stars, when Casper did not field a corps and marched tuba. He chose to march with Blue Knights and continued with them in 2008.

 

1990's:

Kathy Joseph (Director)

   Grand Junction, CO

   Music Coordinator, MCVSD #51

   CBA Hall of Fame Inductee 2007

"I played in the drum line my Junior year 1989, played percussion in symphonic band, and piano in jazz band.  Fall of 1989 we went to state and captured 5th place out of all bands.

My Senior year of high school I played vibraphone 1990 in marching band.  Then I played percussion in wind ensemble and flute in symphonic band.  I played piano in jazz band.  Both years were under the direction of Ms. Kathy Joseph.  The senior year 1991 I was nominated for music department student of the year and received a nice plaque for this. 

I went on to Mesa State College for four years 1991 - 1995 and studied music education.  I didn't finish my degree. 

In 2001 - 2003 I went back to school and work as a Respiratory Therapist in Colorado.  I still work on my music as an organist and pianist for St George Episcopal Church in Leadville, CO.  The organ is over one hundred years old and was originally a pump pipe organ changed to an electric pipe organ. 

I really loved my years in music at GJHS and hope that you will post some of this on your alumni page.  Many of us from those years went onto different places in the United States.  I still keep in touch with some of them." 

Amy Jo Martinson, Percussion, Class of 1991

Travis Swanson, 1995

   Grand Junction, CO

   Band Director, Orchard Mesa Middle School

Jeff Mason, 1995

   Grand Junction, CO

   Band Director, Palisade High School

Judd Berry, 1993

   Grand Junction, CO

   Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary

Emmy Espinoza (Cucuiat)

   Grand Junction, CO

   Nisley Elementary

 

1980's:

Cindy Horton (Quinn), 1987

   Portland, OR

Tim Mills (Director)

   Grand Junction, CO

   Former Superintendent of Schools, MCVSD #51

 

1970's:

Pamela (Bush) Bersch, Flute, Class of 1973        

  Pam is a dental hygienist.

Linda (Hobbs) Feuerborn, Trumpet, Class of 1973      

     Linda is a Mentor for Ariel Services, a private music teacher for over 30 years, as well as managing her husbands custodial business and doing some custom sewing.  Linda continues to teach music and sings in Schumann Singers. Though she has not been recently active due to family commitments, Linda has performed with High Desert Opera Company.

 

1960's:

Christina Miller, Class of 1969

     Christina attended the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) and received a K-12 music education degree.  She received scholarships in both instrumental and vocal areas.  Chris currently lives in Washington and is Mr. Lavadie's mother-in-law!

Bill Feuerborn, Baritone, Class of 1961  

     Currently is Facilities Manager for Holy Family Catholic School.  Bill continues his love of music singing in the men's choir at IHM and supporting his children and grandchildren's musical pursuits.

Clarence Feuerborn, Trumpet, Class of 1963   

     Currently is Asst. Custodian at Holy Family Catholic School.  Clarence sings in the Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus as well as several church groups.

Donald Hobbs, Trumpet, Class of 1968   

     Don is former City of Grand Junction Parks Supervisor and currently holds a position as Financial Advisor to the City of Grand Junction Budget Department

Christina (Gross) Hobbs, Clarinet, Class of 1968    

     Chris is a 4-5 elementary school teacher at Thunder Mountain Elementary and is very active in MVEA.

 

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