Columbia Community Band

Director Biographies

John Patterson Biography


John G. Patterson
Music Director

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.

After joining the Columbia Community Band in 1999, Mr. Patterson became Assistant Director in 2000, and was appointed Music Director in 2005 on the retirement of Keith House.

Mr. Patterson has served as president of both the Missouri Bandmasters Association andthe Missouri Music Educators Association; since 1999 he has served as a member of the Administrative Staff of M.M.E.A.

Recognitions include: the Citation of Merit from the MU Alumni Association; Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame; Missouri Music Educators Association Hall of Fame; Marching Mizzou Hall of Fame; University of Missouri Alumni Band Distinguished Service Award; Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award; Columbia Public Schools Outstanding Educator Award; Missouri Arts Council 2001 Lifetime Contribution Award; and the MU College of Arts and Science 2003 Honorary Alumni Award.

Favorite pastimes include performing with the Roadkill Clarinet Quintet and the Flat Branch Clarinet Quartet.

Paul Copenhaver Biography


Paul Copenhaver
Assistant Director

Paul Copenhaver was band director in the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He currently teaches band at St. Pius X School in Moberly, and is Assistant Conductor of the Columbia Community Band. He has 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 several summer music camps. 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.

Mr. Copenhaver served as Chairperson of the Missouri All-State Band [1990-1992], and as President of the Missouri Bandmasters Association [1992-1994]. He was Northeast Missouri Music Educators Association Band Vice-President from 1978-2003, and NEMMEA President from 2004-2006. He served as President of the Missouri Music Educators Association [2008-2010], and is currently the MMEA Government Relations Chair.

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 was elected to the Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Missouri Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mr. Copenhaver is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild, a member of the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, National Catholic Band Association, National Education Association, and a number of other professional organizations.

He is principal trumpet of the Columbia Community Band, and regularly performs with the Harmonium Brass Quintet, ShowMe Brass Band, and the Sauerkraut Serenaders. Additionally, he is active as a soloist, performing recitals and with several ensembles.

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.