Executive Director of Sonic Arts
Michele Kalo knew her passion was to teach music in the 7th grade. Fulfilling this passion, Michele has been in public education since 1998, teaching band in grades 5-12 in the Detroit Metropolitan Area for five years and in Arizona since 2003. She is currently teaching K-6 General Music and Band at Ishikawa Elementary in the Mesa Public Schools District, is an adjunct faculty member of Scottsdale Community College and maintains a private high brass studio. Michele is also an active adjudicator and clinician for ABODA and AMEA. In 2014, she was the North Central Region Band Clinician as well as the 7th Grade All State Band Clinician. Michele also clinics and arranges music for local high schools for both marching and concert bands and always makes time to write for and perform on her Horn with the Salt River Brass.
In 2005, Michele founded a performance-based music education organization called Sonic Arts. Since its inception, Sonic Arts has expanded to include four ensembles including Sonic Brass, Sonic Seniors “New Horizons” Band and Orchestra, and Sonic Boom.
In 2011, Michele became the Music Director of the Scottsdale Concert Band at Scottsdale Community College. She is only the band’s 3rd conductor in its 37 year history.
Michele earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University in 2007.
Michele is a member of Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (ABODA), Arizona Music Educator’s Association (AMEA), Association of Concert Bands (ACB), American Composers Forum (ACF), American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP) New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) and the International Horn Society (IHS).
Patrick Sheridan has been enthusiastically received as a solo artist around the world. He made his solo debut playing an arrangement of The Blue Bells of Scotland accompanied by his mom, Diana, when he was just 10 years old, only months after he had started playing his chosen instrument, the tuba! He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 15 playing a Mozart Horn Concerto. Since then, Patrick has rocketed to success as a solo performer in venues ranging from the White House to an NBA half-time show.
As a former member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, he thrilled audiences across the United States with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band’s primary soloists. He is equally at home with standard classical repertoire and as an entertainer in the “pops” realm. In addition to his musical studies with legendary tuba artists Arnold Jacobs, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips and Jim Self, Mr. Sheridan holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan.
Sonic Boom Director Clinician
A graduate of Arizona State University, John Kingsley has been teaching band and general music in the Arizona schools since 1977. He has taught private trumpet lessons here in the valley since 1979 when he was principal trumpet with the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra. Currently principal trumpet with the Symphony of the Southwest, a position he has held since 1983, he is also a member of the Salt River Brass. He lives in Mesa with his wife Ann and the last two of his eight children still at home.
Sonic Boom Director Clinician
Bret Wagner is an enthusiastic euphonium artist and music teacher from Phoenix, Arizona. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and a master’s degree in music performance as a teaching assistant and as a fellow of the Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
As a freelance musician, Bret has performed with the New World Symphony, the Serenity Pops World Cruise Orchestra for Crystal Cruises, the Salt River Brass Band, as well as jazz and classical ensembles and solo recitals. Bret has passionately instructed musicians of ages ranging from kindergarten to undergraduate university students, and he is currently an elementary school general music teacher, private lesson instructor, and leader of the Sonic Boom tuba/euphonium ensemble.
Bret is also an amateur recording artist who works to promote his craft for free online. He considers himself a lifelong student of music who is constantly seeking out new experiences as a student, teacher, and performer.
Brian C. Wilson
Sonic Euphonium Academy Instructor
Adams Euphonium artist Brian C. Wilson is an active and highly sought-after clinician and euphonium soloist. Among the most elite euphonium players on the
West Coast, Mr. Wilson currently performs as Solo Euphonium in the southwestern-based Salt River Brass, conducted by Patrick Sheridan. Featured as a soloist by Miraphone and Yamaha, Mr. Wilson has also served as principal euphonium in the Arizona Wind Symphony, toured as a soloist throughout Europe with the Arizona Ambassadors of Music, and has performed and recorded with Summit Brass.
Mr. Wilson earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Performance from the Arizona State University, having studied trombone and euphonium with Gail Eugene Wilson, Daniel Perantoni, Sam Pilafian, Patrick Sheridan, and Deanna Swoboda. Mr. Wilson also served as graduate assistant at Arizona State University in trombone, euphonium and tuba.
As a clinician, he has given master classes to schools and institutions throughout the Southwest. Brian lives in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Joanna and Daughter Natalie. For further information, or to contact Brian, please go to: www.iplayeuphonium.com.