As Associate Director of Bands, Chad Simons directs the Spirit Marching Band, Soundpack, and Symphonic Band and teaches various courses in music education.
From 2001-2005, Mr. Simons was the Associate Director of Bands at Idaho State University, where he directed the ISU “Bengal” Marching Band, taught courses in music education, theory, student teacher training, and music appreciation. He also directed the basketball band, jazz band, and the concert band. During his time in Idaho, the Bengal Marching Band nearly tripled in size. Before going to ISU, Mr. Simons taught in the public schools in Forsyth, Montana, where both his middle school and high school bands consistently received superior ratings at local, district and state music festivals.
Active as a clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Simons has given marching band clinics and conducted concert bands throughout the country. In March of 2004, he was a guest conductor with the ISU wind ensemble at the CBDNA Northwest Division Convention. Mr. Simons was also the university coordinator for the Mountain West Marching Competition, one of the largest marching competitions in the northwest United States.
Mr. Simons holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana, where he graduated with a president’s recognition award, and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Simons’ conducting teachers include Dr. Joseph Missal and Dr. Steve Bolstad. Pedagogical influences include Dr. Michael Raiber, and Mr. Bill Ballenger. His percussion instructors include Dr. Robert LedBetter and Prof. Wayne Bovenschen.