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Kenneth Carpenter - Director of Bands and Mad River Music Department Chair

  Mr. Carpenter is the Director of Bands at Stebbins High Schoo and Mad River Music Department Chairl. He is a graduate of Miami University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Mr. Carpenter just completed his Masters Degree from the University of Dayton where he studied with Dr. Linda Hartley and Dr. Willie Morris. Mr. Carpenter began his teaching career in Bryan, Ohio (1998-2001) before moving on to become the Director of Bands for the Carlisle Local School District (2001-2008). While at Carlisle, the Carlisle High School Band received numerous awards including Superior Ratings at the State level in both marching band and concert band. In 2004, Mr. Carpenter was named one of the best teachers in Warren County by receiving the Warren County Project Excellence Award. In 2006, Mr. Carpenter directed the Carlisle High School Marching Band to place 3rd in the Nation in Class A at the Bands of America Grand National Championship. He is a native of Beavercreek, Ohio where he resides with his wife and two young sons.
Christina Smith - Choir Director
  Mrs. Smith is the Director of Choirs for Mad River Local Schools where she has taught for fifteen years. She teaches the Concert Choir and Symphonic Choir during the day at Stebbins and also the pop a cappella group Down to the Wire after school. In addition to teaching choir, Mrs. Smith teaches a beginning music theory class.
An active member of OMEA, she is an adjudicator for both solo and ensemble and large group events. She has also served on several committees and as President of District 12 (Greene, Montgomery, and Clark counties). For the past three years, Mrs. Smith chaired the District 12 Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event at Stebbins.
When not at school, Mrs. Smith enjoys singing with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir and doing community theatre. In the past, she has sung the roles of “Maria” in West Side Story, “Narrator” in Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat, and “Maria” in The Sound of Music.
She resides in Beavercreek with her husband and two children.
Sarah Plaugher - Director of Orchestras
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Miss Plaugher is a graduate of Wright State University where she received a Bachelors Deree in Music Education in 2010. Miss Plaugher has teaching experience in both the Springboro Community Schools and the Forest Hills Local Schools where she taught orchestra and general music classes for grades 1-12. She spent the last two years teaching Music Appreciation and Reaching Your Academic Potential for the Ohio Virtual Academy. Additionally, she has taught private music lessons for violin, viola, cello and piano at That Music Place in Springboro for ages 6 to adult. Miss Plaugher's main instrument is viola and she is an active performer with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing professionally for area weddings and high school pit orchestras. Miss Plaugher has also been hired as a guest clinician and string specialist for area schools. A native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, she has lived in Dayton since 2007 with her two cats, Mel and Chloe.


Jessica Hendrickson - Asst. Band Director for Stebbins HS
Miss Hendrickson is a graduate of Wright State University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She also holds a Masters Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Miss Hendrickson started her teaching career as an elementary music teacher at Wellston City Schools. She then moved to the Cincinnati area and has taught middle school band, middle school orchestra, and has assisted competitive high school marching band programs at Middletown City Schools and Hamilton City Schools. Miss Hendrickson is an accomplished clarinetist who performs with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Sinclair Community Wind Ensemble, and The University of Cincinnati Alumni Community Band. A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, she now resides in Dayton, Ohio.