Mr. Paul Ahlemeyer - High School Band Director

Mr. Ahlemeyer is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska. Upon graduating, Mr. Ahlemeyer moved to the Saint Louis area, where he was quickly integrated into the local music scene. Before coming to Fort Zumwalt, Mr. Ahlemeyer was a band director in the Francis Howell School District, where he spent time teaching band at Francis Howell High School and Francis Howell North High School.

Mr. Ahlemeyer also plays trombone professionally around the Saint Louis area, performing with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Genesis Jazz Project, Harmony Brass Quartet, Missouri Baptist University Concert Band, and the Washington University Wind Ensemble. Mr. Ahlemeyer also maintains a highly successful private studio of low brass musicians and directs the Slide 7 Trombone Choir.

Mr. James McKee - Middle School Band Director

Mr. McKee studied Music Education at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1987, Mr. McKee collected Hausa children’s songs in Niger, West Africa and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the Endangered Music Project at the Library of Congress.

In addition to teaching band, Mr. McKee is an accomplished instrumentalist and vocalist. He is the lead singer, lyricist, and trumpeter in Solar Power, a band he formed with his friend Clarence Solar in 1999. He continues to perform with this band today, as well as compose his own original music.

Mr. Matt McKeever - Assistant Band Director

Mr. McKeever graduated from Webster University in 2011 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education and earned his Masters in Music Education in 2016 from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. In 2014, Mr. McKeever was nominated as the Missouri Outstanding Young Music Educator nominee in the St. Louis Metro 8 District. He has been a guest presenter at a number of professional conferences, where he presented on topics relating to technology in the music classroom.

Mr. McKeever performs professionally on saxophone and clarinet and is a member of a number of Saint Louis-based music groups. He is the founder and leader of the folk/jazz quartet Night Howler, and is a member of the Saint Louis Wind Symphony, Gateway City Big Band, and NRF, a funk/jazz group led by trumpeter Dawn Weber.