Todd Fessler is the current Director of Bands at Upper Arlington High School. He earned a MM in Wind Conducting at The Ohio State University where he studied with Dr. Russel Mikkelson and served as a graduate assistant director. He was previously the director of bands at Mt. Gilead Schools in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he conducted the concert bands at the middle school and high school. He also taught jazz band, beginning band and marching band, and led the pit orchestra and pep band. Mr. Fessler earned his Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and trumpet performance from The Ohio State University.
Kolin Redman returned to teaching in the Upper Arlington City School District in 2008. Previously, he taught band for 9 years in the Battle Creek Public School system in Battle Creek, Michigan. His experience also includes private brass instruction with The Music Center of South Central Michigan. Mr. Redman is an active performer in various jazz ensembles. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Hope College.
Mr. Redman works with the Hastings 6th and 8th grade bands, Jones 6th grade bands, Greensview and Windermere Elementary Bands, the High School Concert Band, pep band, and assists with the Marching Band. Mr. Redman lives in the Columbus area with his wife Cynthia and their kids, Ellie, Klay, and Emma.
Matthew Zelnik currently serves as an assistant band director at Upper Arlington High School conducting the UAHS Gold Band during concert season, leading trumpet sectionals for the Marching Band, and teaches elementary general music at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School. He holds his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University where he was an active member of the trumpet studio, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Lab Ensemble, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music with a concentration in Education from Ball State University. An active freelance musician and trumpet player in the Columbus area, Mr. Zelnik has performed in a variety of groups and settings, taught private brass lessons, and has been published by the International Trumpet Guild. Being a life-long learner has led him to constantly refine his teaching through participation in summer workshops and masterclasses with notable musicians such as Michael Sachs of the Cleveland Orchestra and Tom Hooten of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He previously taught as a band director in the Diocese of Columbus before coming to Upper Arlington, where he has worked at Barrington and Greensview Elementary Schools, taught middle school general music for the Upper Arlington Online Academy, and has also worked with choirs and orchestras of every level. An Upper Arlington resident, Mr. Zelnik has a deep passion for teaching the fundamental basics of pedagogy and technical aspects of instrumental performance and working with developing players and young musicians.