ABOUT LVA BAND
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA), comprised of approximately 1700 students, is a five-star, arts magnet school in the Clark County School District. Our programs of study include majors in the performing arts (music, theatre, dance), visual arts (2-D, 3-D, Graphic Design, Photography, Video Production) and liberal arts (Spanish, French, Japanese). In 2013, the Arts Schools Network named LVA the "Outstanding Arts School in the Nation" and awarded us the "School of Excellence" medallion for 2014-2016.
The Las Vegas Academy Band Department is a part of a Grammy-award winning music program that allows students to participate in comprehensive activities that include instruction in brass, guitar, percussion, piano, strings, vocal, woodwinds, basic musicianship, history, music technology, theory, and world music. Students learn through daily instruction, quarterly ensemble performances, festivals & competitions, and solo performance events.
JOHN SEATON serves as the Director of Bands at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, an arts magnet school in the Clark County (Las Vegas) School District servicing students from one of the largest school districts in the country. Students who attend the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts must first be accepted through a competitive performance audition. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble (V3) and Symphonic Band (V1), Co-Conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra (O4) and teaching Woodwind Techniques. Ensembles under Seaton’s direction have consistently garnered superior ratings in adjudication, and maintain an active schedule of travel and conference performances. Recent performances outside of Nevada include the Las Vegas Academy Wind Ensemble performing as an invited guest at the Pacific Basin Music Festival (2016), Western International Band Clinic (2017), and a gala performance at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria (2019). The Wind Symphony has recently traveled to perform as an invited ensemble at the UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitational in Royce Hall, as well as a guest performance with the UNLV Symphonic Band (2019). In 2018, Seaton was recognized as a “Teacher of Influence” at a reception hosted at UNLV, in which a recent LVA graduate submitted an essay highlighting his influence on their path to college.
As a saxophonist, he has performed multiple times with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic, and has performed concerti as a soloist with both the Wright State University Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, and The Desert Winds. Additionally, he has given recitals across the United States and on the international stage, including performances at multiple North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conferences, the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Conference, the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, and both a solo and quartet recital of world premieres at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Consistently in demand as a guest clinician and private instructor, Seaton has previously taught applied saxophone lessons for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, district-wide clinics for the Clark County School District, and high schools across the United States. Students under his instruction have been accepted into the saxophone studios at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Youngstown State University, Wright State University, the Interlochen Saxophone Institute, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. An avid writer, he has been published multiple times by The Instrumentalist magazine with articles including “Adjusting Saxophone Fingerings” and “The Art of Teaching Saxophone: An Interview with Timothy McAllister.”
Outside of the classroom, Seaton serves as the Associate Conductor and Principal Saxophonist of The Desert Winds: A Contemporary Wind Ensemble, which recently traveled to perform at The Midwest Clinic in 2016. The organization features a roster of performers that include many local music educators, students and freelance musicians. Since its debut, the Desert Winds has reached thousands of people through both inspiring performances and educational programs. Seaton also conducts a youth wind ensemble component of The Desert Winds, The Honor Winds, which meets weekly for three concert cycles a year. He also serves as the wind section coach for the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, a high school/collegiate extracurricular youth orchestra.
Seaton holds an M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Program Honors from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and a B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude, from the Wright State University School of Music. His primary teachers include Timothy McAllister and Shelley Jagow. Seaton is a Conn-Selmer Artist, D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, and Key Leaves artist. He performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones, D’Addario reeds, and uses Key Leaves saxophone care products.
DAVID MACCABEE is currently the Associate Director of Bands at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. His responsibilities there include conducting the Wind Symphony, Co-Conducting the Symphony Orchestra, as well as teaching Chamber Music, Brass Methods, and Music Theory.
He was formerly Director of Bands at United Township High School (UTHS), in East Moline, Illinois from 1986-2016 where he was director of all instrumental music ensembles. Previous positions include Geneseo and Nokomis Illinois school systems, immediate past Director of the Prairie Wind Ensemble, and most recently was the Associate Director of Bands at Palo Verde High School, in Las Vegas, NV.
David Maccabee is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. His professional affiliations include the NEA, NAfME, the National Band Association (where he served as Illinois State Chair in 2014-15), and Pi Kappa Lambda. Maccabee has received accolades from the city of East Moline, East Moline Rotary Club, John Deere and Co., UTHS, Western Illinois University, VanderCook College of Music, and a seven-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence
Under his direction, the UTHS Symphonic Band was selected for five featured stage performances at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. In 1998, the UTHS Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2014, Maccabee was named “Bandmaster of the Year” by the Illinois chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Under his direction, the UTHS Symphonic Band performed at the University of Illinois prestigious Superstate Band Festival on many occasions, and was named Honor Band in 2015. In 2000, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
In addition, the UTHS Marching Band received many awards and honors, including being a 16 time finalist at the State of Illinois Invitational Marching Championships, where they were named Class Champions on 6 different occasions. Additionally, the UTHS Marching Band was named both a Bands of America regional finalist, as well as a grand national semi-finalist.
Maccabee received his BME from Augustana College (IL) and received his MME from VanderCook College of Music.
KAREN CAMUGLIA is a Milwaukee native whose greatest joy is being a Mom. She had a career as a computer consultant/trainer/client manager with Quality Systems, Inc. and was based in Southern California. She worked with dental and medical offices across the U.S. and after many years of traveling she met her husband Rosario. They eventually moved to Las Vegas and have been here for almost 25 years.
She continued to work as a trainer in the dental field, but when they had their two sons, she was fortunate to be home with them as they were growing up. Volunteering in the schools, PTA, and helping out in the band room turned into a position as an instructional assistant at Hyde Park. After a year she moved to LVA's band department where both of her sons were attending. That was 12 years ago and she is still here.
Both of her sons graduated from LVA's band department, hold degrees in music performance and are pursuing careers in music. Their education and experiences at LVA have shaped them both. "I feel very fortunate to be a part of the school and the music department here at LVA. I may no longer have any of my children attending the academy, but there is nowhere else I would rather be. I feel like my purpose is to be there for the band students (and directors)...and I have the best job in the world."