Bios of the Band Directors

Todd Fessler

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.

George Edge

George Edge bwGeorge Edge is the current Associate Director of Bands at Upper Arlington High School. Prior to coming to Upper Arlington in January of 2015, Mr. Edge served as Director of Bands for 27 years at Grove City High School, in Grove City, Ohio. He has taught for 35 years in Ohio’s Public Schools. Mr. Edge currently teaches conducting at Ohio Christian University and is the Conductor of the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band at Capital University. In 2014, Mr. Edge received the “Music Educator of the Year Award” from the Ohio Music Education Association. Mr. Edge is the 2007 Ohio Teacher of the Year given by then Governor William Taft and the Ohio Department of Education.

While at Grove City High School, his Symphonic Bands performed at the 2006 and 1996 world renowned Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Edge’s concert and marching bands consistently received superior ratings at OMEA state adjudicated events. Under his direction, the Grove City Marching and Concert Bands earned over 90 Grand Championship awards from the fall of 1987 until his retirement in 2014. In 2012, his Grove City H.S. Marching Band was named the National Champions of the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, and was the Grand Champion Band of the Fiesta Bowl parade in 2012 and 2009. In 2006, his band was named the grand champion band of Music Fest in Orlando, Florida for concert and parade performances. He took the Grove City Marching Band to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in 2000 and 1990. Under his direction, the 2005 Grove City Band performed in the New Years Day Parade in London, England. Prior to his tenure at Grove City, Mr. Edge taught the bands and choirs at Newton High School in Pleasant Hill, Ohio for eight years where the bands and choirs both received consistent superior ratings at the State Adjudicated Event. In 1985, the Newton Concert Band was named the “National Winners” of the ASBDA Concert Band Contest.

Mr. Edge is one of a very few high school band directors in the nation to be selected for membership into the American Bandmasters Association. In addition, he is a member of Phi Beta and has served as an adjudicator and clinician around the country. Mr. Edge performs as a guest solo Oboist around central Ohio. He served two years as principal Oboist with the Whitewater Opera Company in Indiana.

Mr. Edge has a Master of Arts degree in music education from The Ohio State University. He earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University undergraduate work at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. His wife, Sherron, has been a music educator for 30 years and is currently a music teacher in the Columbus Public Schools. They have two adult children who live in the Columbus area.

Kolin Redman

Kolin redmanKolin 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.