Directors

David A. Uhrig
Director of Bands

Mr. David A. Uhrig is in his sixth year as the Director of Bands at Rochester High School, where he directs the Falcon Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra for the musicals.
 
Mr. Uhrig was named the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District XVI Teacher of the Year in 2017.  He was also chosen as one of Oakland County Executive Elite 40 Under 40 for the Class of 2019.  Mr. Uhrig takes an active role in working with composers to commission new music.  He worked with Chris M. Bernotas to commission "Dancing Kites" in 2015.  Most recently in 2018, he worked with Andrew David Perkins to commission "Until the Night Collapses," which was dedicated to the students, parents and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, to honor their bravery, humanity and love. 

Mr. Uhrig earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Michigan in 2003 and his teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University in 2006.  Mr. Uhrig earned his Master of Music in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2013.  While at the University of Michigan, he was very active in the Michigan Marching Band, serving as a rank and line leader.  He played trumpet in many concert and athletic bands and had the honor of conducting the Michigan Basketball Band upon many occasions.  Mr. Uhrig is also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.  
 
Prior to taking the position in Rochester, Mr. Uhrig was the Director of Bands at Marine City High School for six years and the Whiteford Agricultural School District for one year.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Uhrig is the Associate Conductor and plays the Bb soprano cornet in America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. He has also written marching band shows for the Michigan Marching Band and several high school marching bands in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and Virginia.  
 
Mr. Uhrig was raised in Troy, Michigan, where he attended Troy Athens High School.  While in school, he participated in the marching, concert, jazz and pep bands, symphony and pit orchestras, and was a member of the National Honor Society.  Outside of school, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, travel soccer, and playing piano.  Aside from teaching, Mr. Uhrig is an avid sports fan and loves Michigan football & basketball, and the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings.   Mr. Uhrig and his wife Carly have been married for 7 years, and they have two sons, Raymond & Benjamin.  Mr. Uhrig is proud to be a Falcon and is looking forward to another great year!



Kelsey Chinn
Assistant Marching Band Director

Miss Kelsey Chinn is going into her fourth year of teaching band at Van Hoosen Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Central Michigan University, and her Master’s in Instrumental Conducting at the American Band College through Sam Houston State University. She is currently performing with the Rochester Community Concert Band, and the Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble on oboe. Miss Chinn is a proud Rochester High School alum of 2007.