Director of Bands

BREK C. MANGELSON

Brek Mangelson is the Director of Bands at Farmington High School. Raised in the Northern Cincinnati, Ohio area, Mr. Mangelson is a member of the first graduating class of Lakota West High School. He played trumpet and euphonium in the various bands at Lakota West under the direction of Greg Snyder. Beginning in 2000, the Lakota West Wind Symphony became a three-time performing ensemble at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

After serving a two-year mission in Budapest, Hungary for the LDS church, Mr. Mangelson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University in 2006. In 2015, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Utah.

Mr. Mangelson was mentored by John Miller, retired Director of Bands at American Fork High School, during his student-teaching assignment. This experience helped prepare him for his first teaching position as Director of Bands at Lehi High School. The Lehi band program experienced great success with Mangelson at the helm, as their concert band qualified for the state concert band festival for the first time in almost 20 years.

After two years at Lehi, Mr. Mangelson seized the opportunity to open up a brand new high school, Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, Utah. During Mr. Mangelson's time at Westlake, the band program had tremendous growth. The concert and jazz programs continually received superior ratings at the state festivals each year. He led The Marching Thunder to become the 2012 and 2013 Utah 4A State Champions, as well as Bands of America Regional Finalists four seasons in a row. Westlake is now considered to be one of the elite band programs in the State of Utah.

In early 2018 opportunity came knocking again; Mr. Mangelson was offered the Director of Bands position at the soon-to-be-completed Farmington High School. Despite numerous setbacks associated with new construction and building a band program from the ground up, Mr. Mangelson's first year has been filled with successes:

 

The Marching Band capped off their first season with a 2nd place finish at the 2018 Utah 3A State Championships. The Wind and Jazz Ensembles both received superior ratings at their first state festivals; 11 soloists and seven ensembles from Farmington High received superior ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival; seven students were accepted into the 2019 UMEA All-State Band; and the Farmington High indoor drumline placed 3rd in their division at the 2019 Intermountain Association Percussion Championships. 

In January 2012, Mr. Mangelson was a guest conductor of the Utah All-State Band upon the request of Samuel Hazo, at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. In May 2013, Mr. Mangelson also guest-conducted Caleb Chapman’s Voodoo Orchestra in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mr. Mangelson currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps located in Salt Lake City. Mr. Mangelson and his wife, Brooke, are the proud parents of four beautiful children and currently reside in Farmington, Utah.

bmangelson@dsdmail.net

Director of Percussion

ALBERT WILLIAMS

Albert Williams is the Director of Percussion at Farmington High School as well as the percussion caption head for the marching band. For over two decades, he has performed, written, taught, and adjudicated in Florida, Georgia, the East Coast, Europe, and Utah.

Mr. Williams has worked with several schools in Utah, most recently Westlake High School, where he was the Assistant Director of Percussion. He also helped guide Impact Percussion, Utah, through its wildly successful first two seasons. This culminated with a WGI Regional Championship in 2016, and two consecutive Intermountain Percussion Association State Championships in P.I.O., and an appearance at the 2017 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Williams has studied under, and worked for DCI Hall of Famer, Frank T. Williams III. He is an alumnus of the Suncoast Sound and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. He is a U.S. Army Veteran, and was a member of the 434th Army Band while stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

While living in Germany Mr. Williams worked with Percussion Ensembles from all over Europe, including Germany, France, Holland, England, Italy, and Turkey as an arranger, clinician, and judge.

In their innagural season, the Farmington High indoor drumline placed 3rd in their division at the 2019 Intermountain Association Percussion Championships. 

Associate Directors

HEATH WOLF

Heath Wolf is the Director of Bands at Farmington Junior High.  Mr. Wolf teaches over 300 students daily in the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Percussion Ensemble, and Beginning Percussion Ensemble.

Ensembles under Mr. Wolf’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at local, state, national, and international sponsored festivals and competitions. Some of his ensembles’ more recent awards include featured performances at the Midwest Clinic, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, the Utah Music Educators annual convention, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. In April 2019 the Farmington Junior High Jazz Ensemble was named the top junior high jazz ensemble by Downbeat magazine. In 2011 the Farmington Junior High Band program was awarded the Sudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the only junior high in the western United States to earn this honor.

Mr. Wolf has been honored with numerous awards during his career: The Utah Music Educators Outstanding Junior High Teacher; two Superior Accomplishment Awards by the Utah Music Educators Association; Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah; Young Alumni Award from the University of Utah; named one of Fifty Directors That Make a Difference by  School Band and Orchestra magazine; five Certificates of Achievement by the National Band Association; named to the Davis School District Hall of Fame; Davis School District Excel Award; Huntsman Excellence in Education Award; Sorenson Legacy Award a KSL Teacher Feature; KSL High Five; Murray School District Teacher of the Year; and has been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

As a performer, Mr. Wolf enjoys an active schedule as a freelance percussionist and as a member of the Ballet West Orchestra. He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Intermountain West and has written articles for the Percussive Arts Society, the Utah Music Educators Association, and School Band and Orchestra magazine. As a composer, Mr. Wolf is published with Rowloff Publications.  He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Utah Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and the Utah Band Masters Association. He is a past President of the Utah Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and a past Vice President of the Utah Music Educators Association. Mr. Wolf received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Utah.

STEVE PARK

 

Steve Park is the Director of Bands at Centennial Junior High. Mr. Park is an active performing and recording artist in Northern Utah. He is principal horn of the Orchestra at Temple Square, which

accompanies the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. His solo playing can be heard on many of the choir's award-winning recordings. Mr. Park is principal horn of the New American Philharmonic, Ogden Chamber Orchestra, and the American Festival Orchestra. He plays third horn in the Ballet West Orchestra. He is also an adjunct professor of French horn at Utah State University. 

Mr. Park has studied with Ed Allen, Robert Bonnevie, Chris Leuba, and Wayne Barrington. Mr. Park graduated from Central Washington University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He was graduate horn teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin for a year.  In 1992 he started teaching band in the Washington County School District at Dixie Middle School where he taught for six years followed by Dixie High School for two years. In 2001 he received his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah.

Mr. Park started teaching at Ogden High School in the fall of 2000 and taught there until the spring of 2008. When he started, there were 38 students in band and 11 in orchestra. When he left there were over 100 in band and 50 in orchestra. His Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra routinely received Superior ratings at region and state festivals. The Symphony Orchestra was the top 3A orchestra at the state festival for the last seven years that Mr. Park was there. They have also been the featured high school orchestra at the UMEA Convention in St. George, Utah. Ogden High’s Marching Band was the outstanding band in the AA Marching Band Division in 2005 and again in 2007. They placed second in 2006.

In 2008, Mr. Park began teaching with Davis School District at Kaysville Junior High School and later became the Director of Bands at Centennial Junior High. During that time his Advanced Bands have consistently qualified for the State of Utah Junior High School Band Festival.

Mr. Park has a popular YouTube channel with over 45 videos of classical and contemporary horn solos including several written for and premiered by him. He has more than 1500 subscribers and averages over 1000 hits per day. Mr. Park and his wife, Lorna, have been married for 35 years and have five children.

Staff

  • CHRISTIAN SUCCO, Associate Director, Brass & Visual, Director of Bands at Sunset Jr. High School

  • MARK HARTMANAssistant Director of Athletic BandsWind & Visual Coordinator

  • TINA BRUCKMAN, Color Guard Director

  • DAVID WICAI, Brass & Visual

  • McKAYLA WOLF, Woodwind & Visual

  • JOSH BROCK, Brass & Visual

  • KATIE STEUART, Percussion, Front Ensemble

  • KRESTEN ERICKSON, Woodwind & Visual

  • ABBY ERICKSON, Brass & Visual

  • ALLISON BERGOLD, Assistant Color Guard Director

  • VICTORIA DARRINGTON-HARKER, Brass & Visual

  • MEGAN NEAL, Brass & Visual

Farmington School High Bands

548 West Glover Lane

Farmington, UT 84025

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