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Zachary Ryan Alegria

EDUCATION

 

2012                Bachelor of Music                                                       Major: Music Education

                        Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

 

2007                High School Diploma                                                    Major: N/A                                                                  Station Camp High School, Gallatin, TN
                       

 

Tennessee State Championships (Div.1 and Div. 2 Results)

 

2016 Adamsville Junior/Senior High School (Div. 2)-  3rd Place in Preliminary Competition; 2nd Place in Finals Competition

2015 Adamsville Junior/Senior High School (Div. 1)- 1st Place in Preliminary Competition; 1st Place in Finals Competition (2015 State Championship Awarded)

2014 Adamsville Junior/Senior High School (Div. 1)- 1st Place in Preliminary Competition; 2nd Place in Finals Competition

2013 Waverly Central High School (Div. 2)- 15th Place in Preliminary Competition; Did Not Make Finals

2012 Waverly Central High School (Div. 2)- 15th Place in Preliminary Competition; Did Not Make Finals

 

FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT:

 

June 2014-July 2017

Assistant Band Director/Music Teacher for Adamsville Junior/Senior High School

My duties for this position included teaching the 6th grade beginning band, 7th grade band, 9th-12th modern music history, and 9th-12th band. The middle school band classes lasted 40 minutes per day and the high school classes lasted 85 minutes per day.

The band classes were centered on the use of rhythms and the steady beat. The book series of choice was the Essential Elements Series with a supplemental Major Scales Exercise Packet. We used the fundamentals developed throughout the Essential Elements Series and Major Scales for our concerts, which were the Winter Concert and Spring Concert.

The 9th-12 modern music history class composed of music selected from 1960-Present Day. This class was geared to have three main components: Daily Class Discussion, Music History Coverage of Musicians, and Performance through Playing Percussive Instruments. The majority of students that were in the class had little to no musical background, so their tasks pushed the students in their ability range. By the end of the class, the students had a strong appreciation for music and the demand of being a musician.

The 9th-12th band had two separate components: Marching Band and Concert Band. During my tenure at AHS, we have won 1st Place at the Division 1 State Championship (2015), 2nd place at the Division 2 State Championship (2016), and 2nd place at the Division 1 State Championship (2014). I conducted rehearsals and in concerts, coached small groups and sectionals, coordinated and charted marching band drill, and worked with band boosters. One of my main tasks as a band director with a percussive background was to work with the drum line and front ensemble. In the fall semester, we held weekly percussion sectionals, full band rehearsals, performances at football games, and competed at various competitions throughout the state of Tennessee. We had won many awards throughout the program, with a heavy amount of awards for the percussion section. We have had many accomplishments and accolades the last few years, including Top 8 at Bandmasters (2015).

 After marching season was over, our focus was on Concert Band. We worked on a variety of fundamental exercises and pieces of music ranging from Grade 3-5 per the Tennessee Rating System. We also had percussion ensemble throughout the week with different instrument sections within the percussion family. I held voluntary after-school 45 minute lessons for all the members of the percussion section who are interested in trying out for the drum line and front ensemble. We also had full ensemble rehearsals to supplement the lessons with the snare, quad, bass, and front ensemble members.

 

June 2012-June 2014

Band Director/Music Teacher for Lakeview Elementary School

I taught K-5 Elementary Music as well as Middle School Band. We had three separate band classes (one for each grade) that meet five times a week for 25 minutes and each elementary school class meets bi-weekly for 25 minutes.

The band classes were centered on the use of rhythms and the steady beat. The book series of choice was the Essential Elements Series with a supplemental Major Scales Exercise Packet. We used the fundamentals developed throughout the Essential Elements Series and Major Scales for our concerts, which were the Winter Concert and Spring Concert. All of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participating band members have received SUPERIOR ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festival. All percussion students in the band had mandatory supplemental after-school snare drum lessons as part of my curriculum for the percussion students.

The elementary music classes were based on the rhythm-centric approach to solidify the use of musical notation. Kodaly solfege was used throughout the developmental process to link the symbols with their place on the music staff as well as the use of the hand sign method. The Kodaly Method of Music was my preferred method for my elementary music teaching. The use of Orff instruments strengthened my rhythm-centric approach.

June 2012-June 2014

Assistant Band Director for Waverly Central High School

I conducted rehearsals and in concerts, coached small groups and sectionals, coordinated and charted marching band drill, and worked with band boosters. One of my main tasks as a band director with a percussive background was to work with the drum line and front ensemble with Mr. Rawls. In the fall semester, we held weekly percussion sectionals, full band rehearsals, performances at football games, and competed at various competitions throughout the state of Tennessee. We had won many awards throughout the program, with a heavy amount of awards for the percussion section.

For the spring semester, I held voluntary after-school 45 minute lessons for all the members of the percussion section who are interested in trying out for the drum line. We also had full ensemble rehearsals to supplement the lessons.

 

OTHER AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

 

April 2013-September 2014
Minister of Music for Ebenezer United Methodist Church

I was the choir director for the praise team for the church. I also played piano, guitar, banjo and drums for all the services. I organized all the music to connect with the sermon for all the musical activities. The music was thoroughly analyzed to fit the needs and talents for the all the members involved in the praise team. We also had weekly rehearsals to prepare for the services.

 

February 2012-February 2014

Member of the Board of Directors for Music City Legend Drum & Bugle Corps

I was a member of the board in charge of running Music City Legend. I conducted rehearsals and in concerts, coached small groups and sectionals, coordinated and charted marching band drill, and dealt with logistics for the Corps.

 

MUSIC PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

 

Special Honors and Awards Received at Tennessee Technological University

  • Dean’s List for 10 semesters
  • Four-year music scholarship
  • Most Outstanding Music Education Major Award
  • Captain Anderson Scholarship for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra
  • Section leader and staff member for the Golden Eagle Marching Band
  • Principal percussionist for the TTU Symphony Band, TTU Wind Ensemble, and Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

National and Regional Honors and Awards

  • Performed with the TTU Symphony Band at the 2008 ABA Conference
  • Competed in 2008 PASIC Orchestral Snare Drum Competition
  • Performed at the 2010 PASIC Showcase concert with the Nief-Norf Project

 

Commercial Recordings

  • Slide Ride for Solo Trombone and Band, TTU Symphony Band with Joshua Hauser, soloist, and Joseph Hermann, conductor, Mark Records, 2008

 

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