Mr. Christopher Taylor
Director of High School Bands

Christopher Taylor is currently in his thirteenth year of teaching music. He is the Director of Bands at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, IN which he began in the summer of 2007. He began his career at Highland High School. At Highland, he co-taught up to three levels of concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band) and also taught up to three levels of jazz bands (Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and Blues Band). He also taught a percussion class and Bagpipes for a year. Under his direction, the Highland Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2006 Indiana Music Educator’s Association (IMEA) Convention. He co-taught the marching band focusing on the visual program. The marching band was successful in ISSMA field shows (placing 5th in Class B State Finals) and the Indiana State Fair Band day earning 1st place in 2005. Since Christopher was at Highland, the marching band has performed in the Walt Disney World and Disneyland parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Indianapolis 500 Parade, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2006.

At Pendleton Heights, he has helped increase membership in all areas of the band program. The Wind Ensemble has received superior ratings every year including now attending the ISSMA state qualifications contest. The marching band earned top 16 finishes at the Indiana State Fair his first two years. After moving to the ISSMA field shows, the band reached Semi-State for the first time in 2012. They wereselected to participate in the 2011 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade. The program now has three winter guards and an indoor percussion group.

In 2006, he began the Madison County Jazz Festival for bands in the area. He brought in outstanding clinicians and guest artists, which is helping the festival grow each year. The festival has brought in artists such as Jeff Coffin, Bobby Shew, Tom Garling, Eric Marienthal, Roger Ingram, and Gregg Bissonett.

Christopher graduated from Ball State University cum laude in 2000 and Madison Heights High School in 1996. At Madison Heights, he was drum major for 2 years and received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for two years and the John Philip Sousa Band Award one year. While at Ball State, he held leadership positions in the collegiate Music Educators' National Association chapter and the marching band, including drum major. Christopher was a member of the wind ensemble, symphonic band, first and second jazz bands, pep band, and brass quintets. He spent seven years teaching marching bands, concert bands, and jazz bands at Anderson, Delta, Yorktown, and Greenfield-Central High Schools. He student taught at Carmel High School and also served on their marching band staff.

He is involved in the Indiana Music Educators Association. He has served as a clinician and state chair for the IMEA Non-Competitive Festivals. He is currently the IMEA Honor Band chair. In 2007, he presented a clinic at the IMEA Convention. He has served on staff for the Indiana All-Star Marching band. Christopher also directs the Directors’ Jazz Orchestra, a group of music teachers from the area who perform throughout the year. The group was selected to perform at the 2005, 2009, and 2001 IMEA Conventions. He is currently a visual adjudicator for the Central States Judging Association, a district representative for the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) and a zone representative for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA).

Christopher is an Eagle Scout and is very involved in being an adult volunteer for Boy Scouts. He is currently the Sakima District Program Chair, Order of the Arrow Section C-6A Adviser, and on the council youth leadership program, “White Stag,” staff. He is a member of his church’s choirs at First United Methodist. Christopher resides in Anderson with his wife Sarah and dog Miles.

Mrs. Catherine Maloney
Director of Middle School Bands

Catherine Maloney graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned a BA in Music Education and a BS is Media Studies/ Communication. At the U of I, Mrs. Maloney was involved in the Marching Illini as a piccolo section leader, Sigma Alpha Iota member, Orange and Blue Basketball Band, and various University ensembles.

Mrs. Maloney's teaching experience includes summer clinics with Smith-Walbridge at EIU, private studio lessons for flute and piano, Chick-Fil-A Bowl

half-time production, and sectional director for the DCI INpact Band. She has also performed in several venues such as Ireland, London, Indianapolis, New York, and California. Mrs. Maloney currently performs on flute with the Indiana Wind Symphony.

Mrs. Maloney has been fortunate to teach all around the country: Urbana High school in Urbana, IL,Evanston Township HS and Wilmette Jr. High in the Chicagoland area, and recently in San Antonio, TX.

Mrs. Maloney is excited to start her third year with Pendleton and can not wait to see what the musical future holds!
Mr. Nathan Hochstetler
Assistant Director of Bands

Nathan Hochstetler is currently in his seventh year of teaching music. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University. This is his second year as the assistant director at Pendleton Heights High School and Middle School. Prior to his time at Pendleton, Mr. Hochstetler spent five years as the director at Alexandria-Monroe Schools. While under the direction of Mr. Hochstetler, the band program grew to include four concert ensembles, Pep Band, Jazz Band, & Marching Band. His students regularly performed at the Madison County Jazz Festival, IMEA events, and various community events. He is an active member of the Indiana Music Educators Association and is a regular attendee of both the IMEA State Conference and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Outside of school, Mr. Hochstetler plays the trumpet in The Directors Jazz Orchestra and Alpha Brass, and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church in Anderson. He is a partner of 48Entertainment. Mr. Hochstetler enjoys biking and spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

Mr. Justin Surface
Director of Color Guard

Justin Surface is currently in his thirteenth year of teaching color guard, and his fifth year at Pendleton. Justin began his color guard career as a performer of Pendleton Heights High School, graduating in 2004. After graduation he went on to march drum corp with both The Cavaliers and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Justin began his instructing career while still in high school, with his first teaching experience as an assistant instructor for Lapel High School. Since then, Justin has instructed at schools throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Florida, seeing many successes throughout his teaching career. Justin not only instructs, but also choreographs, and designs for the Pendleton Heights program.

Outside of color guard, Justin is also a percussionist and saxophonist, playing both throughout his high school career, participating in wind ensemble, jazz band, and pep band. He also studied Secondary Education at Indiana University with a focus on mathematics, and a minor in both music, and chemistry. Justin currently resides in Anderson, and in his free time enjoys hiking with his two dogs, and traveling the world with his favorite destination being Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Adam Brosman
Director of Percussion

Adam Brosman is currently the Percussion Director for both Pendleton Heights High School and Middle School. At PHHS he teaches all percussion classes, which includes concert percussion ensemble, drumline, front ensemble, and indoor percussion. At PHMS he teaches all beginning and intermediate level percussion classes and ensembles. Mr. Brosman also teaches private lessons to Pendleton students who have gone on to perform in the All-National Honor Concert Band, All-State Percussion Ensemble, and received outstanding ratings at numerous ISSMA events.

Prior to Pendleton Heights Adam completed his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico in 2007. During his degree program he studied under Scott Ney and received two Graduate Assistantships. Teaching duties included the UNM Percussion Ensemble, UNM Spirit Marching Band Drumline, percussion methods class, as well as private lessons for music majors and minors. In New Mexico Adam performed with the Santa Fe Symphony, UNM Wind Symphony, UNM Percussion Ensemble, and UNM Marimba Band. While pursuing his graduate degree he worked as a percussion instructor at Rio Rancho High School and Cibola High School both in the Albuquerque area.

Mr. Brosman completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Butler University in 2005. While working on his undergraduate degree he performed with the Butler Percussion Ensemble, Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler Steel Drum Ensemble, Butler University Marching Band, as well as various orchestras around the Indianapolis area. Adam also won the Butler Concerto Competition, which allowed him to perform with the Butler Symphony Orchestra. Following his graduation from Huntington North High School in 2001 he taught percussion at a variety of Indiana schools including Scottsburg High School, Indian Creek High School, and Huntington North High School.

Adam currently resides in Noblesville with his wife Lisa, and son Simon.