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Mr. Vincent Arizzi

Director of Music Education

I have taught in the Duneland School Corporation for 18 years, with 12 years as the CMS Band Director. During my time in the DSC, I have been involved with all levels of the band program, from teaching 6th-grade beginning band to the CHS Trojan Guard Marching Band. I have also taught middle school jazz band, pep band, and high school orchestra. As a trombone player, I received my Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Indiana University and my Master of Music Education Degree from Vandercook College of Music. 

I enjoy performing, composing, and arranging music. I love basketball and am a die-hard IU Basketball fan!  My other non-musical interests include becoming a Youtube star after the recent success of my "Band Guy" viral video.  Watch the video here!

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Mr. Matt Christensen

Assistant Director of Bands

I graduated from CHS in 2006 and Ball State University in 2022 with a degree in Music Education. From 2006-2009, I marched in Drum Corps International followed by a four year enlistment with The Commandant's Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2014. This is my second year teaching at Chesterton High School. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, auto racing, board games, disc golf, and hockey.

Classes Taught: Symphonic Band, Int. Percussion, Color Guard, Guitar

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Mr. Jon Flodder

Director of Bands

Classes Taught: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Int. & Adv. Percussion

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Mr. Brian Grenier

Director of Orchestras

Greetings! I have been teaching for 20 years and hold a BME from Indiana State University and an MME from VanderCook, a College of Music in Chicago.

My wife, Amber, and I have been together since 1994 (marching band romance). We have three children: twins, Madeline and Sydney; and our youngest, Elliott. We live in Valparaiso with our dog, Cody, and my wife's cat, Pumpkin.

As a professional musician, I have performed trombone with the Windiana concert band, LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, South Shore British Brass Band, North Coast Big Band, Star Orchestra, The German Band Inc, and numerous community musicals and smaller engagements. I have been fortunate to study privately with fantastic music educators: Dr. Randy Mitchell, trombone 1994; Dan Devries, fingerstyle guitar 2000; and Katalin Kallay, violin 2014.

As a student of music, I am committed to professional development. In past summers I have attended conducting workshops at University of Michigan and Ball State University as well as participating two summers at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp.

I regularly attend the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the state music education conference. I have presented two clinics at IMEA state conventions: "Jazz Improvisation Strategies" with Michael Palmer in 2011 and "Guitar in the Classroom" in 2013. In March of 2014, I participated in the American String Teachers Association national convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

My professional organizations include the National Association for Music Educators, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, International Trombone Association, American String Teachers Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Fraternity.

Classes Taught: Adv. & Int. Orchestra, Music Theory

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Ms. Kristin Morris

Director of Choirs, Music Department Chair

I am in my eighteenth-year teaching and currently serve as Director of Choral Music at Chesterton High School. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Elmhurst University. My responsibilities at Chesterton High School include directing three choral ensembles (Concert Choir, Bel Canto, and Camerata), and two competitive show choirs (Sandpipers and Drifters.) In addition, I also head the creative team for the musical in which I direct, vocal direct, assist with lighting/set designs and am the costume designer. I am the Music Department Chair, Auditorium Director and Assistant Director for the CHS Show Choir Band.

I have spent the last eighteen summers on staff at Showchoir Camps of America, serving as their Office Manager, allowing me to connect with over 1000 eager performers and 200 choral directors each summer. I have also previously worked as a Program Assistant for the world re-known Chicago Children’s Choir - now known as Uniting Voices Chicago.

Classes Taught: Concert Choir, Bel Canto, Camerata, Drifters, Sandpipers

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