All-State High School and Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble

January 16-18, 2019
as part of the Indiana Education Music Association 2018 State Conference
Grand Wayne Convention Center / Embassy Theatre - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Ansyn Banks - All-State High School Jazz Ensemble

Ansyn Banks joined the Uof L Jazz faculty in 2006. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M. - Music Education), and Indiana University (M.M. - Jazz Studies; D.M. - Brass Pedagogy). In addition to teaching Jazz trumpet, Ansyn teaches jazz styles and analysis, jazz improvisation, and directs UofL’s jazz combo program. Originally from Ohio, Ansyn has performed with Dick Oatts, Harry Pickens, Chuck Marohnic, Hank Marr, Gene Walker, Melvin Rhyne and many other jazz artists. Ansyn has adjudicated and performed at various H.S. jazz festivals, and teaches at Jamey Aebersold’s summer workshops. During his tenure in Indiana, Ansyn frequently performed with the Buselli-Wallerab Jazz Orchestra, and the Steve Allee Big Band. Ansyn also enjoys performing R&B music. He has performed with The Mighty Dells, The Temptations, The Temptations Review, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, and other R&B artists.

Kevin Klee – Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble

Kevin Klee is currently in his thirty-first year as Director of Bands at Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In this position, Mr. Klee directs three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, and the Mighty Panther Marching Band.  Kevin is also a graduate of Snider High School and has served as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department since 1990.  Under his direction, the Snider Wind Ensemble has earned twenty-nine consecutive Gold Ratings at the ISSMA Organization Contest.  The Snider Wind Ensemble was an ISSMA State Finalist in 1995.  The Snider Jazz Ensemble has been named an honor band at various festivals throughout the mid-west.  Snider jazz students have won over 100 outstanding soloist awards and are frequently named to the Indiana All-State Jazz Ensemble.  The Snider Jazz Ensemble performed at the 1995 MENC Mid-West Regional Convention in Indianapolis and at the Indy Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2012.  The Snider Marching Band has been named a State Finalist eleven times.  The Mighty Panther Marching Band has performed at the Citrus Bowl, the Bowl, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The Band Department at Snider earned the ISSMA All-Music Award in 2003 - 2018.
Mr. Klee has earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ball State University.  In 1993, Kevin received the Ball State School of Music Alumni Association’s Citation of Excellence.  He is a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Indiana Jazz Educators, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  Kevin has served as President of the Indiana chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators.  He has coordinated the Indiana All-State Jazz Band four times.   In 2014, Kevin received the Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award from Quinlan & Fabish Music Company.  Mr. Klee has been a staff member with the Indiana Ambassadors of Music since 1996.  This all-star high school ensemble has made twelve performance tours to Europe, including performances in London, Paris, Montreux, Innsbruck, and Rothenberg.

Mr. Klee serves as the Director of Music at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church where he directs the adult choir and orchestra.  Mr. Klee is married to his lovely wife, Jan.  Kevin and Jan have five children and five grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching the History Channel, cooking, listening to jazz, arranging music, and walking his dog, Louie.

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