Columbia Community Band

Paul Copenhaver Biography


Paul Copenhaver
Music Director

Paul Copenhaver was band director in the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2006, and currently teaches band at St. Pius X School in Moberly. He served as associate band director for the University of Missouri-Columbia University Band [1992-1996]; brass instructor at Central Methodist University [1999-2001]; and as an instructor at a number of summer music camps in Missouri. He has also served as a conductor for many all-conference and all-district bands, as a clinician at various state, regional, and national conferences, and has a number of published articles in professional journals and magazines.

He was President of the Missouri Bandmasters Association [1992-1994], Northeast Missouri Music Educators Association Band Vice-President [1978-2003], NEMMEA President [2004-2006], and President of the Missouri Music Educators Association [2008-2010], and is currently the MMEA Government Relations Chair.

Mr. Copenhaver serves the Missouri State High School Activities Association as an instrumental adjudicator, music adjudicator trainer, and chair of the brass subcommittee for the MSHSAA Prescribed Graded Music List, and on the sight reading committee. Additionally, he has judged bands in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.

Mr. Copenhaver received the NFHS [National Federation of High School Associations] Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2005, and NFHS Section V [Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota] Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2006. He is an elected member of the Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the Missouri Music Educators Hall of Fame, and the Moberly Public Schools Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame.

Mr. Copenhaver is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild, a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association [MMEA/NAfME}, Missouri Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, National Catholic Band Association, NFHS Music Association, and the National Education Association.

John Cheetham Biography


John E. Cheetham
Composer in Residence

John E. Cheetham, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia, served on that faculty from 1969-2000. His training included Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of New Mexico and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Washington.

During his tenure at Missouri, he wrote compositions for virtually all media and many of his works have been performed in the United States and abroad. Much of his music has been commercially published, and since 2001, published by his own company, BoonesLick Press. Recordings of his works are available on Crystal, Concord, Pro-Arte, Summit, Cedille and Antara labels.

Dr. Cheetham has received commissions from many prestigious universities, respected institutions and music organizations including the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Gaudete Brass, Texas Tech University, the Summit Brass, the Atlanta Symphony Brass, the Central Oregon Symphony Assoc. and the Air Force Band of the Midwest. He has also received numerous commissions for solo works. Even in retirement, Dr. Cheetham maintains a vigorous composition schedule.

Dr. Cheetham is a member of ASCAP and has received numerous ASCAP Plus awards since 1988. In addition, he won first prize in the Abraham Frost Competition in 1992 and was awarded a Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989.

John Patterson Biography


John Patterson
Director Emeritus

John Patterson received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was Director of Bands at Hickman High School from 1966 to 2000 and held the position of Director of Music for the Columbia Public Schools from 1975 to 2000. During the 2001-2002 year, Mr. Patterson served as Visiting Associate Director of Bands at MU. Mr. Patterson was the Music Director of the Columbia Community Band, having been appointed to that position in 2005 and held that position until he retired in September of 2017.

Mr. Patterson is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor. His professional memberships include: the National Association for Music Educator, the Missouri Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, and the International Clarinet Association. He has served as president of both the Missouri Bandmasters Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association.

Throughout his career, Mr. Patterson has performed in a wide variety of ensembles and venues, including appearances with such artists as Bob Hope, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Buddy Morrow, Buddy DeFranco, Glen Campbell, Bill Watrous, John Pizzarelli, and the Temptations. He currently enjoys performaing with his favorite chamber ensembles, the Roadkill Clarinet Quintet, the Flat Branch Four Clarinet Quartet, and the Booneslick Saxophone Quartet.