Kenneth Bell Jr. – Director
Kenneth Bell is currently the Director of Bands at Martin Kellogg Middle School and Marching Band Director at Newington High School. Prior to that he was director of bands at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol, Newington High School and Litchfield Middle/High School. His concert and jazz bands have been consistently awarded “superior” ratings at area music festivals.
Prior to beginning his teaching career, Mr. Bell spent four years as trumpet instrumentalist, percussionist and director of ceremonial bands in the US Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, MD.
Mr. Bell received degrees in music education and performance from the Hartt School of Music and the University of Connecticut. He is also a member of ASBDA (American School Band Director’s Association), CMEA (Connecticut Music Educators Association) and Phi Beta Mu National Band Director’s Fraternity.
Mr. Bell performs around the state and beyond as a professional trumpet player and enjoys working with other bands as a guest clinician and conductor.
Karen D’Angelo is a music teacher and a musician from central Connecticut. She plays alto sax with the saxophone ensemble, “Brown Paper Sax”. In 2017, she won the Capitol Symphonic Winds concerto competition on flute and continues to perform with them as an ensemble member. Ms. D’Angelo currently teaches band, orchestra, and music technology at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, CT.
Joseph Ganci is director of concert and jazz bands at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, CT, where his groups have received top honors in all of their appearances at the University of New Hampshire Clark Terry Jazz Festival. A native of West Hartford and a graduate of Boston University with a degree in music education, he performs professionally as a percussionist and pianist. In addition to freelance work around New England, Joe had been the house percussionist with the MGM Grand Hotel in Reno NV.
In Connecticut he has continued to perform and conduct professionally on percussion and piano in such places as the Goodspeed Opera House (Haddam), The Seven Angels Theatre (Waterbury CT), Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven), Trinity College (Hartford) and for several seasons as Music Director and Conductor for The Ivoryton Playhouse (Essex). Joe has also served as guest conductor for various regional festival bands and jazz bands in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Jacob Humerick is co-director of bands at Harry M. Bailey Middle School in West Haven, CT. At Bailey, he teaches both seventh and eighth grade band, along with jazz band, bucket ensemble, and mallet ensemble. In the fall, he assists with the Newington High School Marching Band as the brass and marching tech.
Mr. Humerick received his Bachelor Degree in music education from Western Connecticut State University and Masters Degree from The American Band College of Central Washington University, where he performed with Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzutti, Doc Severinsen, The Canadian Brass, among others.
Mr. Humerick continues to perform on trumpet in the Plainville Wind Ensemble and lead trumpet in the Center Stage Jazz Band. He remains an active member of the Connecticut Music Educators Association.
Brian Kelly is enjoying his 11th year as the director of bands at John Wallace Middle School. Each of those years, the John Wallace MS Bands have earned the highest rating awarded at adjudication festivals. Mr. Kelly was selected as the 2018 Newington Teacher of the year as well as a 2018 CT Teacher of the Year Semifinalist.
Prior to his appointment at JWMS, Mr. Kelly was the director of instrumental music at Newington High School. Before coming to Newington, Mr. Kelly was the director of bands in Bristol for 8 years, where he was also the recipient of the district’s staff achievement award in 2002 and 2006 for excellence in teaching. Prior to his appointment in Bristol he was the director of bands at Portland HS for 6 years.
Mr. Kelly was the recipient of the 1994 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year for the state of CT and is a member of the professional music organizations: CMEA, ASBDA, and Phi Beta Mu. He has also been a guest conductor and clinician for a number of honor MS and HS concert band and jazz band festivals throughout CT. A versatile musician, Mr. Kelly has been performing professionally on trumpet, drum set, piano, and as a singer throughout the East Coast for the past 30 years.