Phone: 815-886-6100 ext. 6532
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Ryan Snowden
Mr. Snowden has been proud to teach with the Valley View School District staff as band director at A. Vito Martinez Middle School since 2006. After completing Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies in 2000 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, he taught for five years in the Chaney-Monge School Dist. 88 as Music Director. As part of his undergraduate work, he student taught in Valley View Dist. 365U at Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook under Debra Brubeck.
Ryan has received multiple awards for performances in various jazz festivals including the Jeannette M. Russell Award from the St. Louis Jazz Club in 1995, and Outstanding Soloist at the 2002 Elmhurst Jazz Festival. Ryan works as a professional musician in the Chicagoland area and has performed with noted recording artists: Aretha Franklin, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Art Davis, Vincent DiMartino, Hal Galper, Chris Vadala, Jim Snidero, Steve Houghton, and Ed Shaughnessy (of the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen).
Mr. Snowden is director of the Viking Marching Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. These groups perform several times throughout the year both locally and abroad. The bands have most recently performed in Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati.
The band program is supplemented by our Viking Band Boosters, a very dedicated group of band parents that help organize trips, fundraisers, uniforms, and any financial needs.