Marching Dragon Band
ABOUT THE BAND
The Cameron Band Program is dedicated to creating outstanding musicians and individuals by setting high expectations for not only musicianship, but also in leadership, teamwork, and ethics. Students will be given many opportunities for personal growth through leadership positions, audition for special events and groups, preparing solos and ensembles, and participating in a mentor program.
Students learn that “hard work+discipline+fun=success.” Success in our program is not necessarily determined by ratings or placement at contest. The most important achievement for the band and the band students is to know that they have done the best they could possibly do. The exhilaration from a great performance is the ultimate reward.
Blake Duren was born and raised in St. Louis, attending Hazelwood West High School and performing on low brass instruments and bass guitar. He then traveled to Columbia and the University of Missouri where he graduated with his Bachelors of Music Education. While at Mizzou, Mr. Duren performed with the top ensembles in the areas of concert, jazz and athletic bands and he studied tuba under Dr. Angelo Manzo. One notable achievement was his selection as Drum Major for Marching Mizzou. He has been on band staff for several schools, and student taught at Rock Bridge High School. Since his arrival in Cameron in 2007, Mr. Duren has worked with the middle school and high school bands, continuing a long standing tradition of excellence. In 2014 Mr. Duren completed his Masters in Education through Northwest Missouri State University and recieved National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. He is also the Junior High Bands Vice-President for the Northwest District.
Ann Goodwin Clarkaclark@cameronschools.org
Ann Goodwin Clark has enjoyed a twenty-five year career as a music educator and clinician. For eight years, she has focused primarily on motherhood following tenures with highly active, successful band programs in Missouri. At Gallatin (1987), Nevada (1997) and Park Hill High Schools (2002) the Symphonic Band under her direction was selected to perform for the Missouri Music Association Conference. As Director of Bands at each of these schools, the programs enjoyed measured growth and experienced success in marching, jazz and concert bands. She received her BME at the University of Kansas and her MM (Band Conducting) at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has served as President of the Missouri Bandmasters Association and MWBDA. From 1998-2000, she served as Band Vice-President for MMEA. In 2004, she was named a Laureate of the “Legion of Honor” by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. She was also elected to membership in Phi Beta Mu, honorary band fraternity. Since 2005, she has served as Director of Music at the Cameron United Methodist Church. She is also Conductor of the Cameron Municipal Band.