Mad River Schools Music Educators and Staff
Director of Bands
Kenneth R. Carpenter, Stebbins High School Director of Bands
Mr. Carpenter is the Director of Bands at Stebbins High School and is the Mad River Local Schools Music Department Chair. He is a graduate of Miami University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and studied with Mr. Gary Speck, Mr. Sam Reynolds, Dr. Brenda Mitchell and Dr. Jack Liles. Mr. Carpenter received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Dayton where he focused on educational research under the leadership of Dr. Linda Hartley.
Mr. Carpenter started his teaching career in 1998 with the Bryan City School District where he taught instrumental and general music classes and was the assistant director of the Bryan High School Marching Band. In 2001, Mr. Carpenter became the Director of Bands at Carlisle High School. During his time at Carlisle, the band program received numerous Superior Ratings in marching band and concert band. In 2003, Mr. Carpenter received the Warren County Project Excellence Award for outstanding teaching. In 2006, the Carlisle Marching Band was a Semi-Finalist at the BOA Grand National Championships and placed 3rd in the nation in Class A.
In 2008, Mr. Carpenter became the Stebbins High School Director of Bands. Now in his 10th year at Stebbins and 20th year of teaching, Mr. Carpenter has directed the Stebbins High School orchestra, concert band, symphonic band, and marching band to numerous superior ratings at the district, state, and national level. Symphonic Band has received praise for composers such as Mark Camphouse and David Holsinger for their superior rated performances at Dixie Classic Festivals and National Adjudicator Invitationals. Mr. Carpenter also directs the Stebbins High School Pep Band which performs throughout the year and was featured on the Today Show and Good Morning America for their national televised performances during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In addition to the pep band, Mr. Carpenter is the director of the Stebbins pit orchestra for the spring musical. Under Mr. Carpenter's direction, the pit orchestra has received multiple DayTony Awards of Merit and Excellence for outstanding theater performances in the Dayton area. For the last 10 years, Mr. Carpenter has been the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event Chair for District XII.
Mr. Carpenter has been recognized by the city of Riverside Chamber of Commerce for his enthusiasm towards the community and his students. Bands and orchestras under Mr. Carpenter’s direction have performed and toured Washington D.C., Orlando, Florida, Miami, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and New York City. Mr. Carpenter is a frequent guest clinician and consultant for Dayton area bands and is a native of Beavercreek, Ohio where he resides with his wife and two sons.
Director of Orchestras
Amy Hall, Stebbins High School Director of Orchestras
Mrs. Amy M. Hall, the Director of Orchestras at Mad River Local Schools, is thrilled to be part of the music department teaching team at Stebbins! She brings her expertise teaching strings and will celebrate the growth and musical development of each child.
Mrs. Hall, a native of Dayton, earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Violin Performance degrees from Wright State University (2004, BS), and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from the University of Dayton (2010, MME). Her more than twelve years of experience in the classroom have included general music, orchestra, and choir courses in public and parochial schools. An active member of OMEA, Amy has had many students participate in regional Solo and Ensemble Contest yearly. Many of her students are also members of Dayton Junior Strings and Dayton Youth Strings Orchestras. The Stebbins High School Orchestra continues to grow and is currently at its largest in over twenty years with nearly 50 members! Each year, the Stebbins Orchestra competes in the OMEA Sate Orchestra Contest. In 2017 they received an "Excellent" rating from the judges.
Amy has been honored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for contributions in the classroom and the City of Trotwood for her outstanding choral direction. Amy also teaches with the Dayton Philharmonic's "Q the Music," an after-school El-Sistema inspired orchestra program. She resides in Kettering with her husband and young son.