Mr. Mike Perez
Director of Bands
Mr. Perez is in his seventeenth year of teaching and is in his twelfth year as Director of Bands at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School in Fort Collins, CO. Mr. Perez previously taught for five years in the Thompson School District at Erwin Middle School and Loveland High School.
Mr. Perez graduated from Loveland High School and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado. While at CU, he studied percussion with Doug Walter, conducting with Allan McMurray and Rob Carnachan, earned a Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance award and was a concerto competition finalist on marimba. Mr. Perez received his Masters degree in Conducting from Southern Oregon University.
As an assistant at Director at Erwin Middle School and Loveland High School, Mr. Perez's duties included assisting with four beginning bands, two seventh grade bands, clarinet choir, Wind Symphony II, and Marching Band woodwind caption head. Mr. Perez lead the Wind Symphony II to its first ever performance at the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival (2004) and a superior rating (2005). As woodwind caption, Mr. Perez assisted in earning three straight marching band championships with the Loveland High School Crimson Regiment (2002, 2003, 2004).
Mr. Perez’s duties at Kinard Middle School include three beginning bands, two intermediate bands, and symphonic band. The symphonic band performs annually at the Nordic Invitational in Fort Collins, and the Colorado Bandmasters Association Middle School Festival.
Mr. Perez has had two master’s project published and featured in Band World Magazine (Oct. 2003 and April 2005). He is a member of the National Association of Music Educators and the Colorado Bandmasters Association. Mr. Perez is married to his wife, Jessica and has three children, Jackson (10), Sophia (9), and Micah (7). Mr. Perez keeps up his musicianship by playing drum set regularly at church in Loveland and being a practice partner with his three Suzuki piano childdren.