Daniel Barthel has been teaching band in the Reno area for the past 14 years. He helped open Depoali Middle School in 2009 and since that time, the Depoali band program has experienced consistent participation and success. The program serves around 300 students every year, offering jazz band, concert bands, Winterguard, percussion ensemble and other chamber ensembles. Depoali bands have consistently earned superior ratings in concert band festivals in the Northern Nevada and Northern California areas. Barthel is also active in the band community, serving as the Washoe County School District honor band coordinator and the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA) past president and advocacy chair. He has also served as the NMEA president, zone representative and MS All-State band coordinator. He also co-directs the Lake Tahoe Music Camp every summer along with his wife, Amy. Barthel attended the University of Nevada, Reno earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education. Barthel has two children, is a Reno native and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Men's Music Fraternity and the National Association for Music Education.
Amy Barthel - Camp Co-director
Amy Barthel has been on the LTMC staff since 2002 as a music educator and a co-camp director since 2015. She is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Music Supervisor for the Washoe County School District. She serves as a Washoe zone representative for the Nevada Music Educators Association. She is a past president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Orff Schulwerk Association. Barthel earned both her Master of Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. Barthel and her husband, Dan, have two children. As a family, they enjoy camping, traveling, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Disneyland.
2023 Band Directors
2024 Band Directors and Instructors will be posted soon.
Christi Blahnik - Concert Band Director
Christi Blahnik serves as the current Director of Bands at Damonte Ranch High School and as the Vice-President of the Nevada Music Educator Association (NMEA) — the latter of whom awarded Ms. Blahnik as the 2018 NMEA New Music Educator of the Year Award at the Nevada All-State Festival. As a current performer, she can be seen playing with the Reno Pops Orchestra, playing in the Toccata Wind Quintet, and participating in several Wind Conducting Workshops as a Conducting Fellow. Blahnik holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from Duquesne University.
Patrick Bowen - Jazz Ensemble Director
Patrick Bowen has been the percussion instructor at the Las Vegas Academy since 1994, where the percussion ensemble or soloists have won the Nevada All State Command Performance numerous times. Bowen is in his 12th year at the Academy where he teaches the world jazz studies area and chamber ensembles. He was the percussionist for the hit Broadway show “Mamma Mia” at the Mandalay Bay Resort and is presently the principal percussionist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has a Bachelor’s in music performance from the Hartt School of Music (cum laude), a Master’s in music performance from the University of Montana and a teaching certificate from UNLV.
Jonathan Phillips - Jazz Ensemble Director
Phillips graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in music education, studying saxophone under Mike McMullen and Peter Epstein. He began touring with the band Sol'Jibe and also studied at the National School of Music in Havana, Cuba. In Nevada, Phillips has served as director of the award-winning Wooster High School Bands, headed the All-State and Washoe County Jazz Chairs and directed elementary, middle and high school honor ensembles. Currently a mentor for the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Phillips teaches at Bud Beasley Elementary School and is a sax instructor on the faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College.
John Seaton - Symphonic Band Director
John Seaton serves as the Director of Bands at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where ensembles under his direction maintain an active schedule of festival and conference performances, most recently performing at the 76th annual Midwest Clinic in 2022. As a saxophonist, he has performed multiple times with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well as performances at multiple NASA Conferences, the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland. Seaton holds an M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Program Honors from Northwestern University and a B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Wright State University.
Jon Brill – Percussion Eagle Valley Middle School Reno, NV
Greg Canfield – Euphonium/Tuba North Valley High School Reno, NV
Jeff Depaoli - Accompanist
Amy Heald - Oboe
Patricia Hudson – Clarinet Sky Ranch Middle School Sparks, NV
Nick Jacques – Saxophone Carson High School Carson City, NV
Katie Matsuura - Clarinet
Paige McKinnon – Flute Pine Crest Academy of Northern Nevada Sparks, NV
Kevin Miescke – Horn University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV
Kevin Overlay - Trumpet Mendive Middle School Sparks, NV
Kevin Sady – Trombone Private brass instructor Reno, NV
Ariel Scarbrough – Ukulele Bennett Elementary School Reno, NV
Jack Scarbrough – Saxophone Herz Middle School Reno, NV
Jarod Sorum – Trumpet Evergreen High School Vancouver, WA
Kyle Zive – Percussion Damonte Ranch High School & Depoali Middle School Reno, NV