our directors

KEVIN CZARNIK

ROYAL OAK CONCERT BAND

Kevin Czarnik is the Director of Bands at Croswell-Lexington Middle and High Schools. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Wayne State University. He is currently in the Music Education PhD program at Oakland University.

Mr. Czarnik is an active compose and arranger for wind instruments. His works have been premiered by the Downriver Community Band, the brass ensemble at Wayne State University, and by his own students. His research in music has focused on John Phillip Sousa's impact on the modern wind band instrumentation, the evolution of English Baroque trumpets, and the impact of early jazz on the compositions of Igor Stravinsky. He has assisted in presentations on the importance of chamber music in school music programs at the Michigan Music Conference and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

In January of 2015, Mr. Czarnik was chosen to direct the Royal Oak Concert Band, where he has pioneered the works of John Philip Sousa. In 2016, he formed the Croswell-Lexington Community Band. Recent guest conducting engagements include directing the 2015 Blue Water Area Conference Massed Marching Band, the 2015 and 2018 Wayne State University Honor Bands, and the Royal Oak High School Wind Ensemble. He is in demand was a concert band and marching clinician. He is also a member of the Instructional Facutly for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he directs the Session III Begian Band and teaches the conducting minor.

Mr Czarnik resides in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. He enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing his trumpet.

JAMES CANN

WOODWARD AVENUE JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Kevin Czarnik is the director of bands at Croswell-Lexington Middle School and High School. He received a bachelor degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Wayne State University and is currently in the Music Education PhD program at Oakland University.

Mr. Czarnik is an active composer and arranger for wind instruments. His works have been premiered by the Downriver Community Band, the brass ensemble at Wayne State University, and by his own students. His research in music has focused John Philip Sousa’s impact on the modern wind band instrumentation, the evolution of English Baroque trumpets, and the impact of early jazz on the compositions of Igor Stravinsky. He has assisted in presentations on the importance of chamber music in school music programs at the Michigan Music Conference and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

In January of 2015, Mr. Czarnik was chosen to direct the Royal Oak Concert Band, where he has pioneered the works of John Philip Sousa. In 2016, he formed the Croswell-Lexington Community Band. Recent guest conducting engagements include directing the 2015 Blue Water Area Conference Massed Marching Band, the 2015 and 2018 Wayne State University Honor Bands, and the Royal Oak High School Wind Ensemble. He is in demand as a concert band and marching clinician. He also a member of the Instructional Faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he directs the Session III Begian Band and teaches the conducing minor.

Mr. Czarnik resides in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. He enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing his trumpet.