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In addition to creating Ascend & Bending Chords, Van Devender's musical journey has included teaching K-12 Instrumental, Vocal and General music for the last 19 years in Iowa and Colorado.

Where Has Jeff Van Devender Been Teaching?

*Garfield RE-2 School District: Colorado; 2008 - Present
Kathryn Senor Elementary School(choir, general music & piano) - New Castle

*Garfield County School District #16: Colorado; 2001 - 2008
Bea Underwood Elementary School(choir, general music & piano) - Parachute

*Roaring Fork School District, RE-1: Colorado; 1998 - '01
Glenwood Springs Middle School(choir, general music & piano) - Glenwood Springs; Roaring Fork High School(band, choir & arts appreciation) & Carbondale Middle School(band) - Carbondale; Basalt High School(band, choir & rock band) - Basalt

*North Kossuth Community School District: Iowa; 1995 - '98
North Kossuth Middle School(band, choir, general music, music technology & piano) & St. John's Elementary School(general music, band & piano) - Bancroft; North Kossuth High School(band) & North Kossuth Elementary School(band) - Swea City

*Eagle County School District, RE-50J: Colorado; 1991 - '95
Gypsum Elementary School(general music, choir & piano)

He currently teaches K-4 General Music, Choir & Piano at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle, Colorado.

In 2001-2008, Van Devender formed & directed the award-winning performing group named The Soaring Eagles Choir. Each year, the choir represented their school in a number of ways, including a Springtime trip to Denver, where they had great success in their performances. During Van Devender's tenure, they earned 2 gold medal awards at the state level and performed with the Colorado Children's Chorale.

February 2007, Van Devender organized & hosted a Sixth Grade Choral Festival bringing in sixth grade singers from the Northwest Colorado region to participate in a Large Group Honor Choir setting. Following a full day of rehearsals with a guest conductor from Denver metro region, the singers sang in concert to a packed house that evening.

In 2006, Van Devender was named the General Music District Representative for District 8 on the state board representing the Northwest Colorado General Music Educators for Colorado Music Educators National Conference - CMEA. His tenure was renewed in 2008 for another term.

The 2002-2003 school year saw Van Devender spearhead an effort to bring a band program back to the Garfield County School District # 16 after several dormant years. His efforts resulted in a 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Beginning Band which met after school. They completed their return with a series of Spring concerts, capping a successful return to existence. The band program is now once again a thriving part of the school curriculum.

- Additional Career Experience -

In addition to teaching, Van Devender has pursued a diverse assortment of positions in the music industry which he credits toward giving him a unique perspective musically, etc.

Included among these were:
*Sales position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
*Managing a Trans World Music Corp. tapes and cd's store in downtown Milwaukee, WI.
*Theater production at YMCA Of The Rockies in Estes Park, CO.
*Television production at KTVO in Kirksville, MO.
*Radio DJ at KBOE in Oskaloosa, IA.
*Music Director Camp Ilium Episcopal high school retreat in Telluride, CO.

- Education -

2008 - Masters Degree: Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. Masters Degree completion date - Summer 2008.

1990 - Teacher Certification: Music Education at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Van Devender also earned an induction into the Golden Key National Honor Society during this time.

1985 - BA: Music Business at Northeast Missouri State University (now named Truman University) in Kirksville, Missouri where Van Devender consistantly earned a spot on the roster of Jazz Ensemble I as Bass Trombonist. During his tenure with this group, they achieved First Place (band) at the Central States Jazz Festival in Kansas City and Third Place (band) at the Wichita Jazz Festival and performed at MMEA in 1981 & 1985. He also played in the Brass Choir (performing at MMEA in 1983), Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band & Orchestra. Another important piece of his college life was his induction into the Upsilon Phi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - the national music fraternity, where he served as Chapter Vice President for two years.

1980 - Graduation from Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, Iowa where he participated in the nationally acclaimed Band Of The 70's & Band Of The 80's Marching Band (placing 2nd at Marching Bands of America Summer Nationals - 1980) as well as Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir and Show Choir. He even dabbled in drama, portraying Pedro-The Muleteer in the musical production, "Man of La Mancha." His Senior year he served as Band President.

There is currently an effort under way to form an Oskaloosa Band Alumni Association. For more info &/or to register, Click Here.

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