"The Pride of Oak Harbor"
About the Oak Harbor Band Department
The Oak Harbor Band Department is proud to be able to offer a quality instrumental experience to over 300 students on a yearly basis. We believe offering a wide variety of musical experiences produces a well rounded musical education, with the concert bands residing at the very core of that education.
Students begin their instrumental experience in the 6th grade. The Middle School is home to the Oak Harbor 6th & 7th Grade Bands.
The Oak Harbor High School Band Department expands upon the experience students gain at the middle school. The 8th Grade Band is located in our high school and continues the musical advancement from the middle school. For our high school (9-12) students, we offer a high quality concert band, which participates in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event in Class B. Our Marching Band performs for football games each fall, as well as at various other events such as festivals and parades. The high school is also home to the Jazz Band, an elite musical group which explores the nuances of many styles of music, and performs at a variety of concerts and other events throughout the year. Other instrumental groups and activities at the high school include Pep Band during the basketball season, Pit Orchestra during the spring for musical, and OMEA Solo & Ensemble participation.
About the Directors
Director of Bands, Oak Harbor High School
Mr. Travis Magoto is currently in his 12th year of teaching in the BCS School District. His responsibilities at Oak Harbor High School include Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, 8th Grade Band, Pep Band & Pit Orchestra.
He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. During his time at Ohio State he had the opportunity to study with a number of influential faculty members, including Prof. Charles Waddell, Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Prof. Richard Blatti, Dr. Jon R. Woods, Prof. Jon Waters, Dr. Robert Ward, Dr. Timothy Gerber, and Dr. Daryl Kinney. Mr. Magoto was also a member of a number of musical ensembles during his education, including the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, University Band, Marching Band, Athletic Band, Symphonic Choir, Men's Glee Club, Statesmen, and University Chorus. He is a member of NAFME and OMEA. Mr. Magoto is also an adjunct teacher of brass & horn studies at Terra State Community College.
While a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band, Mr. Magoto had the opportunity to travel with the group to Oak Harbor to perform at the 2006 Oak Harbor / Port Clinton football game. Now, Mr. Magoto is proud and excited to be here in Oak Harbor working with the students of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District.
Director of Bands, Oak Harbor Middle School
Mr. Jonathan Head is currently in his 5th year of teaching in the BCS School District. His responsibilities include 5th grade general music, 6th and 7th grade bands, a high school level music performance class, and assisting with the 8th grade and high school bands.
He is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He spent one year studying saxophone with Dr. Matthew James and three years studying percussion with Prof. Roger Braun. He was also influenced by notable educators such as Dr. Richard Suk, Dr. Andrew Trachsel, Dr. C. Scott Smith, Dr. Allan Reilly, and Dr. Pamela Beam. Mr. Head participated in numerous ensembles during his time at OU, including the Marching 110, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Varsity Band, University Band, and the Leading Tones. As a member of the 110, Mr. Head was fortunate to perform all around the world, including marching in the Rose Parade and performing in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. He is a member of NAFME and OMEA.
During his free time, Mr. Head enjoys performing with the local band Miss Kitty and the Litter, as well as subbing for various groups needing saxophonists or percussionists, including the Terra State Community College Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.