Maverick Stampede Staff

Director - Jonathan R. Hinkle, PhD


Jonathan Hinkle was appointed to the music faculty at Colorado Mesa University in 2012. Dr. Hinkle serves as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, which includes the responsibility of starting and directing the University's first marching band, the Maverick Stampede. In only a few seasons, this group included 155 members. In 2016, Dr. Hinkle formed the Rowdy Brass Band, a 21st Century 18-member ensemble performing for both on and off campus events and professional engagements.  Dr. Hinkle also teaches courses in music education and applied trumpet at CMU, growing music major enrollment in both of these programs, and maintains an active schedule as a band clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

Before moving west, Dr. Hinkle was an active music educator, band director, and trumpeter in the Southeastern United States. This experience included five years as a high school band and orchestra director at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, FL) and Melbourne High School (Melbourne, FL), leading marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and string orchestras to state and national recognition. Hinkle returned to the Florida State University College of Music for the Master of Music Education degree earning a University Fellowship for his work starting and directing the first jazz big-band specifically for music education majors, Seminole Swing Machine. Encouraged to continue his graduate work, he later earned the Ph.D. in Music Education under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Madsen. At FSU, Hinkle was responsible for teaching and leading various music courses as a graduate student and later as an adjunct faculty. As both an undergraduate Hinkle-actionand graduate student, he served as principal and lead trumpet with many of the University's top performing ensembles including the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Richard Clary and Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Leon Anderson. Hinkle's professional performing experience also includes being a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, as the principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quintet, and in a variety of freelance appointments.

Dr. Hinkle's professional and honorary affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Director's National Association, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi national academic honorary, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honorary, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

If you are interested or just curious about joining the Maverick Stampede, you are encouraged call or email to introduce yourself and get more information about the band program. (970) 248-1325

Maverick Stampede Staff

Drumline - Mr. Isaac Lavadie

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Mr. Isaac Lavadie is the Director of Bands at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Mr. Lavadie received his undergraduate degrees in K-12 Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance from Mesa State College in 2007.  While at Mesa State College, Mr. Lavadie had the privilege to perform with Mark Ford, Nancy Zeltsman, and Lisa Pegher.  He was also the 2006 MSC Concerto Competition winner and performed the “Concertino for Marimba” by Paul Creston with the Mesa State College Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Lavadie has also been a percussion member of the Grand Junction Symphony since 2002.

During his tenure at Grand Junction High School, Mr. Lavadie has grown the band program to a membership of over 200 students, with classes including: Freshmen Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, three jazz bands, Jazz Combo, the Tiger Pride Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Music Theory, as well as numerous chamber ensembles that meet throughout the school year.  The bands have participated in multiple adjudicated festivals throughout the state, receiving only Excellent and Superior Ratings.  The band program has received the Colorado Bandmasters Association Exemplary Band Award every year since 2007.  Mr. Lavadie was recognized in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and was selected as the 2015 University of Colorado Outstanding Colorado Educator.  His professional affiliations include:  Phi Beta Mu, National Association for Music Education, Colorado Bandmasters Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Lavadie enjoys arranging music, playing all kinds of percussion instruments, and walking his dogs, Rocky and Ratamacue, with his wife, Rachel, during his free time. (970) 623-3223

Color Guard - Mr. Francisco CastanedaFrancisco

Francisco Castaneda is really excited to be the first color guard coach at Colorado Mesa University. He has been involved in marching band since 1995 and for the last 11years has been the head color guard coach at Central High School in Grand Junction Colorado. He has also been the head coach at Fruita Monument High School, and assisted at Grand Junction High School and Palisade High School. During the summer of 2003 he marched on the Sabre line for Fever Drum and Bugle Corps from Modesto California.

He is currently in his eighth year of teaching at Grand Mesa Middle School as the Orchestra and Choir Director. A native of Central California, he received his music degrees from Modesto Junior College in Modesto California and Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado. Mr. Castaneda has been a Bassoonist for 19 years and plays for various groups including the Grand Junction Symphony and the Colorado Mesa University Wind Symphony. (970) 778-2908

Director of Bands - Dr. Calvin HoferCalvin Hofer

Dr. Calvin Hofer is currently Head of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Colorado Mesa University where he conducts the CMU Wind Symphony. Hofer holds degrees from South Dakota State University (BA), the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (MME), and the University of North Texas (DMA), whose faculty honored him as outstanding graduate student in instrumental music. (970) 248-1163