Staff

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Craig Amendt, has served as Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Coordinator for Sapulpa Public Schools for the past ten years. Mr. Amendt completed his degree in Instrumental Music Education with Distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 1999. Mr. Amendt served as the Director of Bands at Bristow Public Schools from 1999-2008 and was also awarded High School Teacher of the Year (2007-2008). Under Amendt’s direction, ensembles consistently experience success both musically and competitively.

The band program at Sapulpa consistently earns superior ratings at OSSAA competitions. The Sapulpa Wind Ensemble has been awarded the OSSAA Sweepstakes for the past four years, including an accent sweepstakes (2013-2014) and a double sweepstakes (2015-2016). Mr. Amendt also serves as the conductor of the Sapulpa Community Band, Choral Director, Adult Handbell Director, and Children’s Chimes Director at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tulsa. Mr. Amendt has served in several leadership roles, including a host for the performing ensembles at the Music for All National Festival, horn sectional coach of the Music for All National Honor Band, Oklahoma All-State Band Committee (2014-2016), Vice President of WGPO (2013-2015), and is a member of NAfME, OBA, and OkMEA.

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Michelle Barnes is currently in her eleventh year of teaching at Sapulpa Public Schools.  Michelle conducts the 7th grade band and the high school Symphonic Band. She is responsible for teaching woodwinds throughout all grade levels as well as teaching clarinet private lessons.  While teaching in Sapulpa, Michelle has earned consistent Outstanding Achievement Awards with her 7th grade band at OSSAA district contest. The Sapulpa Beginning Band has received Superior ratings every year in concert contest.  Under her direction, the high school Symphonic Band received the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award as well as numerous other superior ratings and awards.

Michelle Barnes received her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Arkansas in 2007.  Michelle Barnes is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association.  She currently serves as a judge for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association in solo and ensemble performance, concert contest performance, and sight-reading.

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Kevin Mozarko is an educator and performer from Sapulpa, OK. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. Currently, Kevin is in his fourth year as the Percussion Coordinator and an Assistant Director at Sapulpa Public Schools. The Sapulpa Wind Ensemble previously performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators National Conference in 2017.

As a performer, Kevin has had the privilege of playing in several respected ensembles, including the Oklahoma State University Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Kevin has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Japan Band Clinic, and the OMEA Convention.

Kevin has served as a Marching Percussion Instructor for several high schools, including Sapulpa High School, Stillwater High School, and has assisted in Perkins-Tryon High School and Centennial High School. He has been a continuous clinician at the Saied’s Sounds of Summer Marching Percussion Camps. He has also served as the Drill Designer and Music Instructor for the Oklahoma State University Winter Drumline.

Kevin Mozarko is a Vic Firth Educator, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

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Jason Reznicek is an Assistant Band Director for the Sapulpa Public Schools. He is presently in his first year of teaching in the public school system of the Sapulpa Public Schools.  His responsibilities include teaching 6th grade trombone, co-teaching the 7th grade brass class, directing the 8th Grade Band, assisting with the Jazz Bands, instructing the low brass students involved in applied studies, co-teaching the Symphonic Band, coordinating the visual program of the Marching Band, and facilitating and teaching a Private Lesson Studio.  

 Mr. Reznicek attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.  During his time at the U of A, he was the vice president of the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education-Collegiate (NAfMEC), with prior service as the instrumental representative. 

He has worked with multiple nationally competitive ensembles, including the Union High School Marching Band (Tulsa, OK) as well as the Bentonville High School Marching Band (Bentonville, AR), as a visual technician, music technician, and low brass instructor.  Furthermore, he has spent time working as an adjudicator of general effect for the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma circuit. Prior to working with the Sapulpa Public Schools Instrumental Music Program, Mr. Reznicek concluded his undergraduate studies by student teaching with the Broken Arrow Band Program (Broken Arrow, OK).  Furthermore, he has worked as a visual consultant for Oklahoma’s premier Independent indoor percussion program, Resistance Indoor Percussion. 

He holds current membership for the National Association for Music Education, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and the North Central Directors Association for Oklahoma.

 Mr. Reznicek has significant experience as a performing member of a variety of ensembles which include, but are not limited to: The Wind Ensemble of the University of Arkansas, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Music Works Brass Band, the Ozark Mountain British Brass Band, the South City Winds, as well as with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2016.  

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