Director: Dr. Jamie VanValkenburg
Dr. Jamie VanValkenburg is Director of Bands at Oakton High School. He directs the Cougar Marching band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2, and Jazz Bands. He received his bachelor's degree in music education and master's degree in music performance from George Mason University. His teaching career began in Fairfax County Public Schools in 1997. He taught primarily at feeder schools for Frost Middle School and Robinson Middle School. During his tenure, both Frost and Robinson applied for and were invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic, in 1999 and 2000, respectively. He was a marching band staff member at Robinson High School for five years. In 2003 he moved to Arizona to pursue his doctorate at Arizona State University, concurrently teaching elementary and middle school band. Later he taught at the college level, at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and Maricopa County Community Colleges. In 2007 he was appointed Director of Bands at Adams State University in Colorado, before returning to FCPS in 2012.
Dr. VanValkenburg studied conducting with Anthony Maiello, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, and Steve Peterson. His major euphonium teachers were Sam Pilafian, Roger Behrend, Patrick Sheridan, and Fred Boyd. He studied tuba with Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan and trombone with Dr. Paul Schultz. He also studied applied composition with Dr. Glenn Smith at George Mason University.
Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. VanValkenburg has given band and low brass clinics at the 2010 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Tucson, AZ, the 2010 and 2012 Colorado Music Educators Association clinic/conference, and the 2006 Nevada All- State convention. He was a guest artist for the 2005 and 2007 Southwest Regional Euphonium and Tuba Conferences. A proponent of new music, Dr. VanValkenburg has committed both institutional and personal money for multiple commission consortia, including Libbly Larsen's "Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble" and Dan Bukvich's Inferno" for chamber winds.
Dr. VanValkenburg won the 1999 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition at the Artist level. He is the first and only euphonium soloist ever to win Arizona State University's Concerto Competition. He also was a finalist for euphonium positions with the United States Army Band in Washington, DC, and the United States Coast Guard Band in New London, Connecticut. He placed fourth in the 2004 Potomac Festivals Euphonium Competition at the Artist level and was a finalist for the 1998 Colonial Euphonium-Tuba Institute Artist level Euphonium Competition. He twice was a featured performer with the Phoenix Symphony.