Matt Bradford

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Matt Bradford

Director of Bands

Matt Bradford is the Director of bands at De Soto High School. Mr. Bradford directs the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wildcat Marching Band, Jazz Band, Green & White Pep Bands, teaches AP Music Theory, History of Rock and Roll, Percussion Ensemble and Muti-Media Music. Mr. Bradford joined the music faculty of USD 232 in the fall of 2012.

Mr Bradford is also a leader in the use of music technology in the classroom.  Matt Bradford has presented clinics on recording engineering, sound equipment and the use of iPads in education.

Prior to coming to De Soto, Mr. Bradford taught 5-12 instrumental music in Clay Center, Kansas, and both Instrumental and Vocal Music in Holyoke, Colorado.  Mr. Bradford is a member of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, Kansas Music Education Association and Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity, Iota Chapter.  Mr. Bradford currently serves as the Executive Director of the East Central District of the Kansas Music Education Association and is on staff with the Kansas Ambassadors of Music.

 Philip Kaul

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Philip Kaul

Philip Kaul – Assistant Director of Bands

Philip Kaul is the Assistant Director of Bands at De Soto High School. Mr. Kaul directs the Wildcat Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, and assists with the Symphonic Band and the Green and White Pep Bands. He also teaches Multimedia Music and Composition classes. Mr. Kaul joined the music faculty of USD 232 in the fall of 2018.

Philip Kaul received his formal musical training from the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2016. Mr. Kaul graduated with highest distinction from the School of Music and completed the prestigious University Honors Program, where he received additional certifications in Service Learning, Research Experience, and Leadership Studies.

Mr. Kaul’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, where he has served as KU Chapter President and Treasurer and as State Secretary; and the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Prior to working at DHS, Mr. Kaul spent two years teaching 5-12 band at Perry-Lecompton Middle School and High School, where his groups consistently earned Superior Ratings at regional- and state-level competitions. Outside of his job, he enjoys running, playing Frisbee, and watching sports, especially KU basketball, Chiefs football, and Royals baseball, with his wife, Amber.

 Tom Kuhn

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Tom Kuhn

Drumline Instructor

Mr. Thomas Kuhn has been the instructor for the DHS Drumline since 2010, as well as a parent volunteer since 2007.  Tom studied percussion at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Music Education at The University of Kansas. 

Mr. Kuhn enjoys working in many capacities as a percussion instructor, including preparing students for state solo and ensemble auditions, providing leadership opportunities, as well as leadership coaching, involving middle school students to collaborate with high schoolers in the Percussion Madness ensemble, and teaching private lessons.  He has also been a percussion instructor for the Lions State Band, has run sectionals for KMEA, and has been a judge for various student auditions in the area.

Mr. Kuhn has been involved in community performances, including Desoto Brass Band, The Kansas City Wind Symphony, and Shawnee Civic Band.  He is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

 Sydney Westerman

Phone: 316-734-3809

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Sydney Westerman

Color Guard Instructor

Sydney Westerman has been coaching and choreographing color guard since 2006. She began her career in marching band as a student at Wichita High School Heights. After attending high school, Sydney went on to perform with The Pride of Wildcat Land at Kansas State University for five seasons. At that point, she was hired to coordinate the K-State color guard and held the position for three seasons. 

 
When she's not on the football field at the high school, Sydney choreographs color guard routines for other groups, holds private lessons, and creates online tutorials for color guard fundamentals. She also is a yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa, restorative, and aerial silk classes. Whenever she gets the chance, she likes to take a couple of days to herself to go camping  across the United States and drive off road trails.