Dr. Langston Hemenway, our conductor, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Michigan, his Master’s degree in Conducting from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Hemenway is the Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at William Jewell College, where he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Jazz Band, teaches conducting and instrumental technique classes, supervises music education students and administrates the instrumental division of the music department.

Dr. Hemenway is an active conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with community and school bands from a wide array of experience levels. Prior to his position at Jewell, he served on the music faculty at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and also taught for seven years as a public school band director in Texas and Kansas, working with distinguished high school programs in the Houston and Wichita areas. He has worked with numerous distinguished composers including Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Kristin Kuster, Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, Carter Pann and Roshanne Etezady.

Dr. Hemenway’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Music Educator’s Associations of Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. He holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Dr. Hemenway is published by GIA Music.

Pat-Setser-2007-3x3-240x300Pat Setser, Associate Conductor, recently retired as Supervisor of Music for the North Kansas City Public Schools and Director of Bands at Winnetonka High School.  Over the years, her bands received consistent 1st Division ratings and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Carnegie Hall.Ms. Setser is a member of the music staff at the University of Central Missouri.

Recognized as one of the area’s most accomplished musicians, Ms. Setser has been a member of Kansas City Wind Symphony since 2002.

Posey-Pic0002-293x300Dr. Phil Posey, Conductor Emeritus, is a graduate of Florida State University, Eastman School of Music and received his DMA in Conducting and Music Education at the Conservatory of Music/University of Missouri-Kansas City.  He has done post-doctoral studies in conducting at the Hochschule for Music in Vienna, Austria, and studied with numerous noted conducting teachers including Elizabeth Green, Leonard Slatkin and Arbo Arman.

From 1965-2004 Dr. Posey served as Director of Instrumental Studies at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri,  where he founded the Liberty Symphony Orchestra and served as Principal Conductor.

As a result of a sabbatical leave in 1993, he became the conductor of the Shaanxi Symphony Orchestra in Xi’an China. He has been invited back seven times to conduct the orchestra in concerts and tours.


Eileen Amari-Vaught
Kaytee Dietrich*
Crystal Kimmel
Melissa Peterson
Crystal Kimmel*

Teresa Posey Miller
Anne Sneller* +(English Horn)

Jason Colon
Randall Cunningham*
Fabrice Curtis
Bob Dover* +
Edwin Fukunaga
Diane Karius (Eb Soprano) +
Jill Orrick
Angela Roath
Lydia Vermeer
Marcie White
Melissa Zirkel

Bass Clarinet
Pat Setser

Amy Knudsen*
John Titterington

Alto Saxophone
Philip Maher*
Dan Murdock
Tenor Saxophone
Bob Coleman
Baritone Saxophone
Elgin Smith

Wendi Calkins-Levitt +
Linda Finch
R. Brady Finch*
Kayla Hawkins
Lester Morris
Shelley Peters*
Scott Sands

Dan Barnett
Ted Hanman*
David Hershberger
Erik Hulse*
Andrea Rogers
Scott Stevens

Jeremy Krug
Daniel Wood

Christopher Blair
Jacob Crawford
Lee Finch*
Chase Grafton

Buck Buchanan* +

Piano, Harp, Celeste
Edwin Fukunaga
Ann Posey

Kimberlyn Angelo*
Donna Bohn
Zach Frieze
Eric Powers
Darrell Thompson
Cara Tucker

+ = Charter Member
*=Section Principal/Co-principal
**= Guest Section Principal

Executive Director: Erik Hulse
Business Manager: Bob Coleman
Band Manager: Jacob Crawford
Librarian: Anne Sneller
Personnel Manager: Amy Knudsen 
Webmaster: Wendi Calkins-Levitt