Directors

Rob Engl

is retired from his position as Director of Bands at Wauwatosa East High School in June 2012, following thirty-five years of teaching. He served thirteen of those years at Wauwatosa East High School. Prior to that position, he taught in the School District of Waukesha for twenty-two years; six of those years as Director of Bands at Waukesha South High School.

Robin R. Engl earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master of Music Education degree from the VanderCook College of Music. Post-graduate studies have included work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the VanderCook College of Music, Illinois State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University and Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Engl has been performing as a jazz and classical trumpet player for more than thirty years. He was a founding member and performed with the Jazz Express Big Band for thirty years, including performances in England and on compact disc. He has free-lanced with other jazz groups in the southeastern Wisconsin area, and with Blaskapelle-Milwaukee, a European wind orchestra. Under the direction of Mr. Engl, both the Waukesha South High School Blackshirt Bands and the Wauwatosa East Red Raider Bands developed national and international reputations, having performed at the London New Year’s Day Parade and Gala “Music For London” Festival in 1999, the inaugural Edinburgh, Scotland Easter Day Parade in 2003, the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2005, the London, England New Year’s Day Parade and Gala “Music For London” Festival in 2007, the Paris and Chantilly, France Parade Festival in 2009, and the 25th Anniversary London New Year’s Day Parade and Music Festival in 2011. Under Mr. Engl’s direction, the Wauwatosa East High School Jazz Ensemble I was selected by blind audition as one of 15 national finalist bands for the 2010 10th Anniversary “Jazz at Lincoln Center ‘Essentially Ellington’ National High School Jazz Ensemble Competition”.

At both high schools Mr. Engl established a Pro Artist Clinic/Concert Series including such distinguished artists as the Canadian Brass, chamber music groups from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Conservatory, concert bands from the United States Army, jazz ensembles from the United States Navy, and renowned jazz musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker. Charles McPherson, and Benny Golson. Mr. Engl served on the prestigious Adjudicator Panel for the 24th Annual London New Year’s Day Parade and the “Music For London” concert series, and serves as an adjudicator for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) Jazz Heritage Festival. Mr. Engl received the John Philip Sousa Foundation BandWorld Legion of Honor Award in December of 2012. In 2013, he received the Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend of the Arts” Award.

Mr. Engl is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. He is a consultant for Youth Music of the World, a hybrid production company that creates major European performance events at the request of those foreign governments that retain their services.

Michael Zens

has served the young people of southeastern Wisconsin as a music educator since 2004.
From 2006-2015, Mr. Zens as a Director of Bands at Menomonee Falls High School, where he conducted the Wind Symphony and Concert Band, directed the Jazz Big Band, and oversaw all aspects of the band program. During his time at MFHS, the program enjoyed a tremendous record of success.
The MFHS Wind Symphony was invited to present concerts at the 2007 and 2010 Wisconsin State Music Conventions, and ensembles under Mr. Zens’s direction shared performances with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble. The program also was involved in commissioning new music for wind ensemble, and participated in projects with composers including James Mobberley and ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Zens earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and attended graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
A Strong Believer in the importance of beginning band experiences, Mr. Zens now serves the children of Franklin, his hometown, as fifth and sixth grade band director at Pleasant View and Country Dale Schools.

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