Jim Skaleski - Middle School Band Director (2012-Present)
Jim Skaleski is a music educator, conductor, woodwind performer, and arts administrator. He has been the director of instrumental music at DeForest Area Middle School in DeForest, Wisconsin since 2012. In addition to teaching, Jim graduated from Army Basic Combat Training in December 2016 and the Army School of Music in March 2017. He was formerly the general manager for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and assistant conductor for their affiliate community ensemble, the Lake Country Orchestra. Jim also served on the board of directors for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Skaleski completed his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education (BME) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 and Certificate in Fine Arts Administration in 2010. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference), Wisconsin Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
As an active performing musician, Mr. Skaleski performs clarinet, saxophone, and flute regularly with various musical organizations including the 132nd Army Band (Madison, Wisconsin), Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Knightwind Ensemble, and Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra. He frequently freelances for various musical functions in Wisconsin such as musical pit orchestras. As a vocal music enthusiast, he has also sang baritone for the Madison Symphony Chorus.
Philosophy and Mission Statement - Mr. Skaleski
My mission is to provide students a rounded 21st century music education that provides avenues for all students to succeed. This will be accomplished by providing a context that is meaningful, meeting the varied needs of all students, targeting life skills, making connections between content areas, and encouraging creative thinking. Students will develop at a pace determined by personal goals and benchmarks designed to allow them to grow individually.
Brandon Bautz - High School Band Director (2012-Present)
Brandon Bautz graduated from Hartford Union High School. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he studied saxophone under David Hastings, conducting under Scott Teeple, and composition under Charles Young. He has taught at Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools and the Northland Pines School District prior to coming to DeForest. He started teaching at DeForest in the Fall of 2012.