Johnathan Hinkle, PhD

Jonathan Hinkle, Ph.D. 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 included the responsibility of starting and directing the university’s first marching band, the Maverick Stampede.  Building from the ground-up, this group included over 155 members in only it’s 4th season.  In 2016, Hinkle also started an elite 20-member ensemble called the Rowdy Brass Band, taking from his experience as a performing trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and other professional experiences.  This 21st Century mobile group is now in high demand.  Dr. Hinkle is also responsible for coordinating and teaching instrumental music education courses at CMU and has developed a music major studio of 11 strong trumpeters.  Hinkle maintains an active schedule as a band clinician and adjudicator in the United States.

Before moving west, Dr. Hinkle was an active music educator, band director, composer/arranger, and trumpeter in the Southeastern United States.  This experience includes 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.  As a high school director, Hinkle’s bands were selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL and the Bands of America National Concert Band Competition in Indianapolis, IN.  Hinkle was later invited to return to the Florida State University College of Music for the Master of Music Education (MME) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Education degrees under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Madsen, and was responsible for leading various courses as a graduate student and adjunct faculty.  He also earned a University Fellowship for his work starting and directing the first jazz big-band specifically for music education majors, Seminole Swing Machine.  Hinkle’s research interests include band director performance and teaching anxieties, and school band program development and curricular offerings.

As both an undergraduate and graduate student at FSU, Jonathan had a long tenure 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 One, under the direction of Leon Anderson, performing on national stages with both groups.  Hinkle’s professional performing experience also includes being a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, a principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quintet and Faculty Brass Quintet, and numerous freelance opportunities in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia.

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

Elisa Jones, MBA

Elisa Jones grew up in the world of band. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Music degree and went on to her dream career of teaching middle school band.

In addition to the many collegiate ensembles to her credit, she has performed with the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Spirit Band, the Utah Premier Brass, the Utah Valley Symphony, and, of course, the Grand Junction Centennial Band.

With an MBA alongside her degree in music, she is currently a coach and consultant to small businesses and nonprofits around the country and has a thriving music education blog and community, and she is the founder and managing director of the International Music Education Summit, and online in-service for music educators around the world.

Elisa has been teaching music for nearly 20 years and currently holds the prestigious position of elementary music teacher in addition to serving with the Grand Junction Centennial Band. She is the voice of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, a member of the Colorado Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, and a presenter at the NAfME National Conference 2017, as well as CMEA in 2018. She recently published a music for music educators called “The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive”, available on Amazon.