Brian D. Sheehe, Donnell Director of Bands - Brian is in year 23 with the Donnell Band program. Brian is a graduate of Van Buren HS and Ohio Northern University with a Bachelors in Music Education. In 1994 Brian took his first teaching job with Montpelier Schools. There he taught 5-12 Band and general music. In 1997 he came to Findlay City Schools and began work at Donnell Middle School as well as working with Findlay High School Band.
During Brian’s time at Findlay the Donnell Band program has been a three time Middle School Band Grand Champion for the Music In the Parks National Competition. The Symphonic Band has traveled to Chicago (2005, 2011 & 2018), Niagara Falls (2009 & 2014) and St. Louis (2007 & 2016). The Donnell Bands are 17 time Espirt De Corps winners at the Music in the Parks National Competitions. SHOCKWAVE, the Findlay Middle School Indoor Drumline has earned numerous medals including State Champion Gold Medalists in 2009, 2010 and 2019. SHOCKWAVE has also been the State Runner Up seven times. The Donnell Percussion Ensemble has been the Concert Class State Champion in 2013, 2016 and 2017 as well as the State Runner Up in both 2014, 2015, 2018 & 2019.
Brian was named Ohio Indoor Performance Association Percussion Director of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. Brian is a four time Golden Apple nominee, the 2004 Bruce B. Hill award winner, and the Arlington VFW Teacher of the Year in 2012. Brian is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Band fraternity and has served three years on the OIPA Board of Directors as Second Vice-President, Secretary and an At-Large position.
Brian also enjoys teaching his two sons percussion and trombone as well as coaching in baseball and spending time with his beautiful wife Denise.
Mr. Dan Wilson, Findlay HS Band Director & Department Chair - A graduate of Findlay High School, Mr. Wilson joined the Findlay City School staff in 2007. He holds Bachelor degrees from Miami University in both Music Education and Business with a minor in Arts Management as well as a Master degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University focusing in instrumental music with additional coursework towards administrative licensure. Mr. Wilson currently serves as Band Department Chair teaching band throughout the Findlay City School district and is an active member in the Ohio Music Education Association. In addition to participating in OMEA Large Group and Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Events students in his ensembles have been selected for several honor groups including OMEA Honor Bands, Bowling Green State University Honor Band, and The Ohio State University Honor Band. Outside of school Dan is an active performer and private instructor on both clarinet and saxophone, enjoys playing hockey, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Matt Gordon, Percussion Instructor – Matt will help with both beginners as well as 7th & 8th grade percussionists. Matt is an alumni of the DCI Corps Santa Clara Vanguard as well as alumni of Findlay City Schools. During Matt's time at Findlay he was part of Band and FFE's the Boinger's. Matt is the percussion Director with the Findlay Trojan Marching Band as well the Findlay Indoor Drumline. He also plays set in many community events around Findlay. Matt has been the Assistant Director for SHOCKWAVE 2008 to 2017. He has also been the Director of the Glenwood Percussion Ensemble, the 2016 & 2017 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Concert A State Runner Up.
Mr. Paul Baransy, Brass- While Paul has been a great impact with our JAZZ programs this is his third year helping with our 6th grade Beginners on Brass. Paul is in his sixth year as co-director of the OMEA District III Honors Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Baransy continues to be active as an educator and performer since his retirement from Ottawa Glandorf in 2012. He presented a clinic “I Can’t Believe This is a Junior High Jazz Band” at the 2015 OMEA State Conference. His junior high jazz ensembles at OG performed in the BGSU, Tiffin, and Capital University jazz festivals. As a performer and arranger, Mr. Baransy is a member of the soul and Motown bands “The Fossils” and “Funk Factory”. He also has arranged for and performs with the” Millstream Mojo Blues Band” and is a member of “Night Jazz Big Band” and the “Village Idiots”. He teaches trumpet lessons at Bluffton University and is the band director at St. Augustine School (Napoleon). He lives in Ottawa with his wife Ann and has two daughters, Emily and Natalie.
Ms. Kylie Smith, Color Guard - Kylie is an alum of Donnell Middle School and the Band program. She also was a member of the SHOCKWAVE indoor Drumline. When she moved onto Findlay High School she began in the High School Color Guard and excelled. Now she is our Color Guard Director and we are so happy to have her on board!
Donnell Band Director History
1997 - Present: Brian D. Sheehe
1994 - 1997: Tim Mattis
1992 - 1994: Bill Kermavner
1987 - 1992: Greg Ruffer
1969 - 1987: George Amend