Northrop High School Band
|Director John VanPatten
John VanPatten is a 2003 graduate of Northrop High School. He attended Ball State University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Education in 2008. There he studied trumpet under Larry McWilliams. He performed in the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, the Jazz Lab Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble,and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, as well as various jazz combos and chamber ensembles. In 2010 he completed work on his Masters of Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.
From 2008 to 2013 he served as Director of Bands at Wheeler High School and Union Township Middle School. There he developed the marching band into a competitive group, began the high school jazz band and received many gold ratings with his middle school bands at ISSMA contests.