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Band Director

Kevin Czarnik is the director of bands at Croswell-Lexington Middle School and High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wayne State University in 2014, where he also completed a teaching endorsement for secondary-level social studies. While a student at Wayne State University, Mr. Czarnik held the position of principal trumpet of the Wind Symphony for two years. He has also studied music education at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and worked as a teacher-intern for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Czarnik is also in demand as a marching band high-brass instructor, and has worked for numerous high band school programs across southeastern Michigan.

Mr. Czarnik is an active composer and arranger for wind instruments. His works have been premiered by the Downriver Community Band (Southgate, Mi), and by the student brass-ensemble at Wayne State University. His research in music has focused on the impact of John Philip Sousa on the development of the modern wind band instrumentation, the evolution of English Baroque trumpets, and the impact of early jazz on the early compositions of Igor Stravinsky. He has assisted in presentations on the importance of chamber music in school music programs at the 2014 Michigan Music Conference as well as at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Currently Mr. Czarnik resides in Sanilac County and is completing a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting at Wayne State University under the supervision of Douglas Bianchi. He intends to complete a doctorate in musical studies, and teach at the university level upon his retirement from the public schools. He enjoys fishing, hiking, numismatics, and reading American fiction.