Teacher of Bands
Chad Reed is currently director of bands at Shawnee Mission North High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Before his appointment to that position in 2001, he was assistant director of bands from 1999-2001. Mr. Reed received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwest Baptist University. He studied privately with Dr. William Brown, Dean of Fine Arts. He graduated with honors and received the “Overall Outstanding Music Graduate” award in 1991. In 1998, Mr. Reed completed his Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale where he graduated with honors. During graduate school, he studied with Dr. Edwin Romain and Dr. Wilfred Delphin and was a graduate assistant for 2 years. During that time, Mr. Reed was hired to fill in for Dr. Romain during his absence.
After leaving SIU-C, Mr. Reed taught at Lincoln Middle School for six years (1993-99). He has also adjudicated piano and instrumental festivals at both the regional and state level and has also taught in his own private studio of up to 20 students. Mr. Reed is married to Leeann Reed. They have three children: Stephen (20), Amber (16), and Holly (11).
Associate Director of Bands
Rebecca Fillingham is excited to be joining the Shawnee Mission North band staff as Assistant Director of Bands at North, and Director of Elementary Bands at five of the North area’s feeder schools. Mrs. Fillingham has been an instrumental music educator for more than a decade, with experience ranging from beginning band, to teaching and conducting students at the collegiate level. As the head director in the West Platte School District, Mrs. Fillingham developed and directed the entire band program, from starting beginners, developing the technique and musical sensitivity of intermediate students, and pushing high school musicians to fully realize their potential in responsibility, commitment and performance.
From 2012-2014, she worked as a Graduate Conducting Associate with the University of Central Missouri Bands, under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Scott Lubaroff. In this capacity she spent a great deal of time rehearsing and conducting wind ensembles, assisting with marching band, and teaching undergraduate courses.
Prior to her graduate studies, Mrs. Fillingham spent seven years as a woodwind instructor and band clinician for Palen Music Center in Liberty, Missouri. This allowed her the opportunity to work one on one with students of all ability levels, as well as serve as guest clinician to area band programs. Many of her students were placed in area honor bands, as well as the Kansas City Youth Symphony, and earned I ratings at regional and state solo contests. She also served in the Monett School District, first as Assistant Director of Bands, and eventually as Director of Bands.
Mrs. Fillingham earned her undergraduate degree in music education at Missouri State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College, and was a member of several honors fraternities. She played in many of the University Wind Ensembles, and was a drum major of the 350-piece Pride Band for two years.
Rebecca and her husband, Matt, have three energetic boys: Josiah-11, Robbie-9, and Kai-7. Matt, also a teacher and musician, teaches Math and assists with the band at North Kansas City High School. He is also an accomplished trombone player, playing with several area jazz bands. Their sons keep busy with school, soccer, swimming, music lessons, art, make-believe, and general rough-housing.
Hocker Grove Middle School
Hocker Grove Middle School
Kim Balsinger is band director at Hocker Grove Middle school as well as two Shawnee Mission North HS Area elementary bands. Prior to this position, she was the director of elementary bands in the Shawnee Mission West attendance area.
Mrs. Balsinger earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas in 2004, where she studied privately with saxophone professor Vince Gnojek. While completing her undergraduate work, Mrs. Balsinger was a member of various music ensembles at KU including the Saxophone Quartets, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Percussion/Saxophone Small Ensemble. During the summer of 2002, Mrs. Balsinger marched with a Division 1 drum corps based in Lexington, Kentucky. This experience has provided her valuable insight and knowledge into the marching world. Mrs. Balsinger continues to share her marching expertise through her work with various local high schools.
In the fall of 2009, Mrs. Balsinger completed her Master’s of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas. Her thesis was based on research involving students’ study of instrumental music and the relationship to standardized test scores.
Mrs. Balsinger has adjudicated solo/ensemble festivals and honor group auditions. She also teaches a private clarinet and saxophone studio. Mrs. Balsinger can be heard playing in local musical pits around the Kansas City area. She lives with her husband Dan, who is an audio engineer. Her professional affiliations include Kansas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, and Kansas Bandmasters Association.
North Area Band Director
Debbie Allen is the Music Specialist for Roesland Elementary School, teaching vocal and instrumental music. Past experience in Shawnee Mission includes teaching a Rosehill, Benninghoven, Trailwood and Diemer and serving as the Performing Arts Resource Specialist at the district level, supporting teachers and students. Prior to entering the Shawnee Mission District, Ms. Allen taught in the Park Hill School District in Missouri and the Waterloo Public School District in Nebraska. Ms. Allen received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Specialist certificate in teaching English Language Learners from Emporia State University. Since 2013 she has been an Arts in Education Partner with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., providing arts integration instruction to teachers of all disciplines. As a woodwind specialist and vocalist, Ms. Allen performs regularly with many musical groups including the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Overland Park Orchestra and the Johnson County Community Chorus. In addition, she enjoys playing as a pit orchestra musician for The Barn Players, JCC White Theater, Music Theatre of Kansas City, and Shawnee Mission Theater in the Park. She has two grown sons, both Graduates of Shawnee Mission Schools. Chris is an actor residing in New York and Nate is an entrepreneur working for Think Big in Kansas City. Ms. Allen is thrilled to carry on the mission of inspiring students and teachers to be creative, lifelong learners through the study of music. The world is a big place. There is a lot to learn!
Matt Crandall began studying music at age 5 on the piano, before switching to saxophone at age 9 and trombone at age 11. He added guitar and bass to his repertoire at age 13. He must have an innate love of collecting instruments, because he also studied flute and clarinet in college. Is there an instrument he doesn’t play??? Well, yes. The drums–he leaves that to his wife, Laura Lee Crandall.
Matt received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and is certified to teach K-12 instrumental and vocal music. He has taught privately and in the public schools for over 10 years. Currently, he teaches choir and guitar at Horizons High School and band at Crestview and Blue-Jacket Flint in Shawnee Mission. Matt also teaches at KC Rock Band and Guitar, a music school in Missouri.
Matt has been a member of the 312th Army Band since 2001 and has performed with groups around Kansas City such as:
The Boulevard Big Band
Howl at the Moon
Music Theatre for Young People
New Vintage Big Band
Sam Beckett Jazz Trio
Colonial Presbyterian Worship Team
The Barn Players
Evangel Worship Team
Ken Tucker Blues Band