Laker Marching Band Staff

people

John Martin

Office Address: 1300 PAC
Phone: (616) 331-2942
Email: marjohnt@gvsu.edu

B.M.E, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
D.M.A., University of Southern Mississippi

John Martin serves as Associate Professor/Director of Athletic Bands. His duties include teaching music education courses, conducting the Concert Band, University Band, Laker Marching Band and coordinating the athletic band program. Prior to his appointment at Grand Valley, Martin served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He assisted the nationally acclaimed “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band as instructor, drill designer, and arranger. Martin’s other responsibilities included conducting the University Concert Band, administering and conducting all pep band activities, and teaching undergraduate courses in brass methods and marching band techniques. He began his music education career at Vance Middle School in Memphis where he served as band director.

John Martin received his DMA degree in wind conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo and Dr. Steven R. Moser. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he studied conducting with Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. WJ Julian, and Dr. Gary Schallert. Among Martin’s other conducting activities, he served as conductor of the Babahatchie Community Band in Harriman, Tennessee and guest conductor of the East Tennessee Concert Band in Knoxville. He has presented sessions at state and national conferences. Martin continues to actively serve as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the nation. He has numerous tuba/euphonium arrangements published through TUBA Press.

He holds membership in many professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2001, he was awarded Phi Mu Alpha’s Orpheus Award. His dissertation focused on the career of his college band director, Dr. WJ Julian that is titled, WJ Julian: His life and career with emphasis on his tenure as Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1961-1993).


Ted Craig

Office Address: PAC 1500
Phone: (616) 331-3396
Email: craigte@gvsu.edu

B.M.E., Grand Valley State University
M.M.Ed., Vandercook College of Music

Ted Craig serves as Adjunct Professor and Assistant Director of the Laker Marching Band.  His duties include teaching music education courses and assisting with all aspects of the Laker Marching Band.  Prior to his appointment at Grand Valley, Craig served as Director of Bands and Orchestra at South Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI for 11 years.  Before that, he was Assistant Director of bands at Cheboygan Area Schools in Cheboygan, MI.  He began his music education career at Centreville Public Schools as K-12 music director.

Mr. Craig received his Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois where he studied conducting with Dr. Charles T. Menghini.  He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 1996.  At Grand Valley he received the Laker Marching Band Musical Excellence Award as well as the Louis Armstrong Jazz Scholarship.

He has a wife of 12 years and three boys aged 10, 6 and 3.  He spends his free time with his family camping and playing sports.  He also plays trumpet in the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra as well as various musicals around the area.


Vanessa Heuck

Vanessa Heuck

Office Address: PAC 1211
Phone: 
Email: 

B.M.E., Grand Valley State University
M.M., Central Michigan University
D.M.A., Texas Tech University

A proud alumnus and former Drum Major of the Laker Marching Band (2004-2007), Vanessa Heuck is returning to her alma mater to join the LMB Staff for the 2017 season.

Heuck received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from GVSU (2008) with honors in Clarinet Performance, Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from Central Michigan University (2014), and Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from Texas Tech University (2017).

Dr. Heuck is a K-12 certified music educator with teaching experience across the state of Michigan. Her resume includes Band Director and General Music teacher of Hillsdale Community Schools, High School Band and Choir Director of Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, Assistant Pep Band Director at Davenport University, Music Director of the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band, and has been a guest conductor and clinician for middle, high school, collegiate, and community bands.

Becky Sikkema

Becky Sikkema

Office Address: PAC 1300
Phone: (616) 331-3396
Email:  beckaliz01@yahoo.com   

B.M.E., Grand Valley State University

Becky Sikkema serves as the Laker Marching Band Color Guard Instructor. She has been a color guard instructor in West Michigan for the past eight years.  She was the instructor at Martin High School from 2004-2011.  She has been the instructor at Wayland Union High School since 2007. In 2010 she founded the Wayland Winter Guard, which competes in the Michigan Color Guard Circuit. 

Becky is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Wayland Union High School.  While at Grand Valley, she studied Classics and was a member of the Laker Marching Band.  She served as section leader in the color guard for four seasons.  She is very excited to be instructing at both her former high school and Alma Mater.


Kyle Morse

Kyle Morse

Office Address: PAC 1300
Phone: (231) 944-2614
Email: kyle.william.morse@gmail.com

B.A., Criminal Justice, Grand Valley State University

Kyle Morse serves as the Instructor for the Laker Marching Band Drumline. Mr. Morse began teaching locally in 2007. Since then, he has worked with nearly a dozen different drumline programs for over 25 full seasons. Since 2009, he has been on staff with Genesis Percussion. A founding staff member of G2 Percussion in 2015, he will assume the role of director for this upcoming winter season.  He has also worked with Newaygo HS, Hudsonville HS Marching Band and Winter Drumline, Rockford HS, DeWitt HS, and Allendale HS, among others. Mr. Morse is currently an employee of the Marshall Music Co. in Wyoming, MI.

Kyle graduated from Traverse City St. Francis High School in 2004. He marched in the Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band from 2004-2008 before graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Middle East Studies. Kyle aged out from Drum Corps International in 2007 with Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps. He also competed in the WGI circuit with Algonac WAVE in 2007 and Great Lakes Percussion in 2008, finishing his competitive marching career with Redline Percussion in 2009. "


Tom Yackish

Tom Yackish

Office Address: PAC 1300
Phone: (616) 331-3396
Email: yackisht@gvsu.edu

B.S., Purdue University

The announcer for the Marching Band is Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Tom Yackish. Prof. Yackish graduated from Purdue University and played in the “Purdue All-American Marching Band” his entire four years at Purdue. He also participated on the “Purdue band staff” as the marching and symphonic band librarian. Professor Yackish came to Grand Valley in the fall of 1985 after teaching engineering for sixteen years in the Purdue system to start the engineering program at Grand Valley. He quickly became associated with the Music Department by recording ensembles and playing trombone in the Grand Valley State University Jazz Band. With the arrival of Prof. Barry Martin as Director of Bands, Prof. Yackish shifted from recording to the band’s announcer. With the completion of the fall 2012 season, Prof. Yackish will have been the “Voice of the Laker Marching Band” for the past eighteen years. Prof. Yackish is an active supporter of Grand Valley’s band program and looks forward every year to meeting and participating with every band member.



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