•    Mr. Bell   David Bell is the district band director in the Medford Township Schools.  This year he is teaching 4th grade at Allen (Thursday), 4th grade at Cranberry Pines (Monday), 4th grade at Chairville (Tuesday), 4th grade at Taunton Forge (Wednesday), and 5th grade at Kirby's Mill (Friday).  Mr. Bell graduated from Berklee College of Music and has been teaching music in the public schools for 16 years.  Mr. Bell plays piano at his church as well as the middle school musicals and mall.  He is married to his lovely wife Courtney and has 4 wonderful children. 

  • Rachel  Rachel Smith teaches general music, 5th grade band, and chorus at Cranberry Pines Elementary School.  She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a major in music education, with a concentration in flute performance, and a minor in philosophy.  After teaching in a few other districts she came to Medford and is currently enjoying her second year at Cranberry Pines.  Outside of school Ms. Smith teaches private lessons and is a freelance performer, and also performs with and conducts the South Jersey Pops Orchestra.

  • Mr. Dishong  Mark Dishong is a graduate of Susquehanna University and has been teaching in the Medford School District for 22 years.  He teaches General Music and Chorus at Kirby’s Mill.  Since last school year he is enjoying his new role as a band teacher at Kirby’s Mill and Chairville schools.  Please reach out to Mr. Dishong if you have any questions.   

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    Ms. DiPilla  Rachel DiPilla teaches her music classes in a very active way.  She does a lot of dancing and singing, and uses sports equipment like basketballs, bowling pins, and tennis balls.  It’s important to Ms. DiPilla that her students see how music relates to many aspects of their lives.
     
    From the moment children wake up to when they shut their eyes to go to sleep, music is all around them. Music has been shown to enhance academics, health, mood, and many other critical aspects of child development (and human well-being).

    Of course, the success of this program has a lot to do with the Allen parents, especially those involved with band.  It’s likely that many of you have played or do play an instrument, and many who stopped playing probably regret it. It is pivotal at this age that parents encourage kids to practice their instruments at home, to proudly demonstrate what they’re learning for family members, to show off their karate belts (they will be receiving ribbons for their cases each time they get a specified number of points for practicing assigned music), and to experience a sense of accomplishment in their progress.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to email Ms. DiPilla.  She looks forward to meeting you and working with your children!

  • Mr. Johnson  Pete Johnson began his musical experiences in nearby Marlton and was an active member of the various performing groups at Cherokee High School.  Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Music: Jazz Performance degree from the University of the Arts and a Masters in School Leadership from Wilmington University.  He has spent the last twenty years working as a professional musician, a professional educator, and writing/recording music. It is Mr. Johnson's goal to instill in his students the drive and passion that will facilitate their success. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, coaching his son in soccer and wrestling, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Mr. Sheffer  Jim Sheffer is the Director of Instrumental Music at the Haines 6th Grade Center and Medford Memorial Middle School. Mr Sheffer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University, has earned two Masters’ Degrees in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction and has completed all but his dissertation towards his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. Mr. Sheffer’s responsibilities in Medford include directing the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Musical Pit Orchestra, instrumental lessons, and various small instrumental ensembles. Additionally, Mr. Sheffer teaches summer band lessons as part of the district’s Summer Enrichment Program.

     

    Mr. Sheffer has the distinct honor of teaching in the same middle school in which he graduated from when he was a child. It was during his elementary and middle school years where he developed his passion for music and he thoroughly enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community that fostered his love for music. In addition to the numerous performances throughout the Medford community, Mr. Sheffer’s bands have been invited to perform for the Philadelphia Phillies, Lakewood BlueClaws, Philadelphia Wings, New Jersey Devils, Newark Bears, Camden Riversharks, Atlantic City Surf, and for Disney. Mr. Sheffer has been honored to serve as guest conductor of several area bands including the All South Jersey Junior High School Jazz Band, the All South Jersey Junior High Symphonic Band, and the All South Jersey Elementary Honors Band. Additionally, Mr. Sheffer had the honor of teaching and working with and International group of students selected to be part of the Honors Performance Series and recently performed in the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Additionally, Mr. Sheffer is a professional musician and freelance pit orchestra conductor frequently performing with the Voorhees Theater Company, Haddonfield Plays and Players, the Ritz Theatre Company, and numerous local school and community theatre productions. Performance highlights include performing for the Premiere regional performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot, performing for the opening night production of The Music Man on Broadway, and the closing season of Fiddler on the Roof and Spamalot at the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven.

     

    Mr. Sheffer resides in Medford Lakes, NJ with his lovely wife Terri, and his two beautiful daughters, Victoria and Jamie.

  •   Hak  At Chairville Elementary, Michael Hak enjoys rocking out with his K - 5 music classes, conducting the sweet harmonies of 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and directing the symphonious sounds of 4th Grade Band. Mr. Hak is a music education graduate of Rowan U., saxophone aficionado, retired rock star, stadium vendor, guitar strummer, song writer, Phillies buff and finally… a mummer. Favorite color: red, favorite food: tacos, favorite Beatle: Ringo.