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Denis Swope

Music Director

Denis Swope currently serves as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Hickman High School. A graduate of the University of Missouri (B.S. Ed. ’89), Mr. Swope taught in Marceline, MO for two years before pursuing his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting (M.M. ’94). Following graduation he accepted a position as Associate Director of Bands with the Moberly Public Schools, where he served for six years before accepting the position of Associate Director of Bands at Hickman High School. Mr. Swope served in this capacity for 13 years. He is currently in his eighth year as Director of Bands at Hickman. His duties have included sharing four concert bands, marching band, conducting the jazz ensemble, and leading the pit orchestra for two musicals each year. During his tenure at Hickman he has also taught Jazz, Pop and Rock, Intro to Music, and two levels of Music Theory. He has also assisted beginning instrument classes at Smithton Middle School.

Mr. Swope is a member of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, currently serving as board member. During his time on the Board for MBA, he has served as Membership Chair, Vice President, President Elect/All State Coordinator, and President. During his presidency he hosted two state summer conventions. Mr. Swope is also a member of Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education and Phi Beta Mu. He has also served as the Northeast Missouri Music Educators Association President, and as Vice President for Jazz. He most recently received recognition from Inside Columbia’s Magazine as the Gold Winner in the teacher category of their annual Best of Columbia article.


Phil Wood

Assistant Director

Phil Wood received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Music Education degrees from the University of Missouri. His teaching and performing career has been long and varied: first band director at West Junior High [1962-1967]; trombonist with the 399th Army Band, Ft. Leonard Wood [1967-1970]; assistant band director Hickman High School [1970 to 1973]; first band director at Rock Bridge High School [1973 to 1980]; Coordinator of Elementary Instrumental Music Columbia Public Schools [1980 to 1998]; Adjunct Professor of Music at Lincoln University [2000 to 2016]. He was also band director for the Dorian Music Junior High Summer Band Camp at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa [1984 to 2014].

Mr. Wood directed and arranged music for the Boone County Bassoon Band which had numerous appearances throughout the region including the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, twice for the International Double Reed Conference, the Music Educator’s State Conferences in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, and multiple performances for the Missouri Music Educator’s Association Conference. His arrangements for bassoon ensemble are published by Claude T Smith Publications/CL Barnhouse Publications.

Mr. Wood has played trombone in numerous ensembles in the area including the Jim Widner Big Band, the Thespian Hall Concert Band, and the Stephens Symphony. He has served the Missouri Music Educator’s Association as Band Vice-President [1978-1980] and was a member of Missouri Council of the Arts in 1986. He has performed with the Columbia Community Band since 1985 and was appointed as Assistant Director in November 2019.


Paul Copenhaver
Director Emeritus

The late Paul Copenhaver directed the Columbia Community Band from September 2017 until a short time before his passing on February 7, 2020. He was band director in the Moberly Public Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2006, later teaching band at St. Pius X School in Moberly. He served as associate band director for the University of Missouri-Columbia University Band [1992-1996] and brass instructor at Central Methodist University [1999-2001].

Paul 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].

Mr. Copenhaver was elected as a 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. He was a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild. During his tenure with CCB, Paul also performed regularly with the Harmonium Brass, ShowMe Brass, and Sauerkraut Serenaders. Previously, he had performed with a variety of big bands, concert bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.


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.


Keith House
Director Emeritus

Having served as the Music Director for The Columbia Community Band for seventeen years, Keith House retired in April, 2005. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the band as Music Director, Keith was named Director Emeritus upon his retirement.

Keith House served as principal trumpet with the 41st and 24th U.S. Army Infantry Division Bands in the Philippines and Japan in WWII. Upon completing military service he enrolled at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri and was graduated in 1949. He played principal cornet in the University of Michigan Band and received a Master of Music Education degree from The University of Kansas.

He taught band and choir in Hamilton and Lee's Summit, Missouri schools, and then became band director at Central Methodist College where he taught for twenty-three years. He has directed bands at Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), Missouri Bandmasters Association (MBA) , The National Association for Music Education (MENC), Association of Concert Bands (ACB) and the American Legion Conventions. He played in and directed the Unity Band and played in other concert, dance and show bands and symphony orchestras while at Lee's Summit. Professor House has guest conducted many high school, university and clinic bands as well as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Bands in Washington, D.C.

Keith was honored by the Southwest Missouri State University Bands for distinguished service to Missouri bands. In 2002, he received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Central Methodist College. He became the Music Director and Conductor of The Columbia Community Band in 1989, and retired from that position in April, 2005.

Keith directed over 900 concerts in his career but he was often heard saying "The most important concert is the next one."

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