The program was begun by Clint Raynes, and is in its twenty-third year of existence, featuring marching band, pep band, jazz ensemble, and concert band. The Concert Band will travel to Washington, D.C. this coming April to perform a concert at the Jefferson Memorial, and tour historical sites and fine arts performances.
In addition to consistent superior ratings at Association of Christian Schools International music festivals prior to becoming a KSHSAA member school in 1998, the band won the Class A division at Worlds of Fun in 1997 and 1998, and has received six superior ratings in ten years participation at KSHSAA State Music Festivals.
Steve Gordon is director of bands and senior high vocal music, and currently serving as Fine Arts Department Chair at Maranatha Academy in Shawnee, Kansas. He holds a B.M.E. with a minor in trumpet performance and M.M.E. from the University of Kansas, and taught twelve years in public schools prior to coming to Maranatha Academy in 1991.
Under his direction, the Maranatha bands were awarded first place in their division in the Worlds of Fun Midwest Regional Concert Band Festival in 1997 and 1998. His mixed chorus placed second in their division at Worlds of Fun in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi Educational Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society.
He has served as district representative to the State Executive Board of Kansas Bandmasters Association, State K.B.A. Secretary, K.M.E.A. Southeast District Honor Band Chair, Southeast District President-elect, and is currently serving as Northeast District Band Chair. He directed the Kansas State Lions Band in 1991 and founded the Great Plains Regional Honor Band and Choir for the Association of Christian Schools International in 1996. His writings have been published in “The Instrumentalist, as well as the Kansas Music Review.
Steve presented a clinic on Preparing Bands for Contests at the 40th Annual Kansas Bandmaster’s Convention. Click Here for the 2013 5-STATE CONTEST LIST(an Excel spreadsheet listing the top band repertoire selections from five state contest lists.)