Staff

Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds

Director of Bands

Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is originally from Monmouth, Illinois. Melissa attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor's in music education. While at ISU, she played oboe and English horn in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and Chamber Winds. In addition, Melissa was a drum major for the "Big Red Marching Machine" for five consecutive years.

Melissa taught for four years for Unit 5 Schools in Normal, Illinois, where she instructed all levels of instrumental music. During this time, she earned her Masters in Music Education at the University of Illinois.

Her next teaching position was at Belleville Township High School - West, where she instructed Chorus, Concert Band, Instrumental Music, and Marching Band.

From 2001-2003, Melissa was the music director at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Illinois, where she instructed Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, The Marching Showcase, Centralia Winterguard, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. In 2002, Melissa earned her Type 75-General Administrative Endorsement from SIUE.

From 2003-2008, Melissa was the band director at Collinsville High School, instructing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Flute Choir.

Currently, Melissa is the band director at O'Fallon Township High School and is looking forward to many years of providing excellent music education to the band students of OTHS.  In 2010, she earned her Doctorate in Teaching and Learning, emphasis in Music Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.  She is also helping to create the O'Fallon United Community Music School to provide music education to the 5th-8th grade students of O'Fallon District 90.

Mr. Sean Harris

Associate Director of Bands

Sean is originally from Beaufort South Carolina. Sean attended the University of Southern Mississippi earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1998. While at USM he played in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and various Percussion Ensembles including the USM Steel band and the Competitive Marching Percussion Ensemble. He also served as the Drum Major for the “Pride of Mississippi” for 2 years.

From 1998 – 2002 Sean served as an assistant Band Director at Biloxi High School in Biloxi, Mississippi. During this time he served as the District Percussion Director, High School Symphonic Band Director and co-taught other Instrumental Band classes grades 6 – 12.

In 2002 Sean was granted a 2 year Teaching Assistantship towards a degree in ‘Conducting’ at the University of Iowa. While at the University of Iowa Sean Conducted the “University Band” and wrote music and drill for the Hawkeye Marching Band. This includes Music and drill for the 2004 nationally televised Outback Bowl halftime show.

From 2004 – 2007 Sean served as the Assistant Band Director and District Percussion Director at Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi. During his time there at Madison, his students won numerous awards including a ‘Mississippi Indoor Association Championship’ in 2005. He also served as the State Percussion representative for the All State Band Clinics in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the Madison Central Indoor Percussion Ensemble, competed at the WGI World Championships and had a 4th Place finish in Percussion Scholastic A Finals. His District Percussion Ensembles were the featured High School Percussion Ensembles at the Mississippi Day of Percussion in 2005.

In 2016, Sean is in his 9th year as the Assistant Director of Bands at O Fallon Township High School in O'Fallon, IL. While teaching at O’Fallon, the Band Program has gained recognition at the State, Regional, and National Level. This includes performances by the OTHS Wind Ensemble at the Illinois Music Educators Association State Festival in 2011, and a concert at Carnegie Hall in 2014. In November of 2011 & 2014 The Marching Panthers placed as a
'Bands of America' Grand National Semi-Finalist. The Marching Panthers also marched in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Also in 2015 the Marching Panthers were nominated for the International Sudler Shield Award.

At OTHS Sean currently teaches a Music Appreciation elective course, directs the 9th grade Concert Band, co-teaches the Symphonic Bands, and Wind Ensemble.
He also serves as a Visual / Body Tech for the Marching Panthers.

Sean is a member if ILMEA, and NAFME. Sean is also a level one Graduate of the ‘Marching Roundtable Judges Academy’ / www.judgesregistry.com and is an Educational Endorser for Innovative Percussion.

Mr. Evan Hinds

Instructor/Percussion Director

Mr. Evan Hinds has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  He has taught percussion for the past fourteen years and band in the public schools for nine years.  He is a member of PAS, MENC, IMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Judges Association of Mid-America, and is currently an Educational Endorser for Innovative Percussion.  

Currently, Mr. Hinds is the Director of Percussion and Visual Tech at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, IL.  Mr. Hinds may also be recognized for his instruction at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, where he serves as the Percussion Professor, instructing all private-applied percussion students and percussion ensemble.  Prior, Mr. Hinds served for eight years as the Director of Bands at Triad High School in Troy, Illinois.  His duties included Instrumental Music Department Chair and Director of the high school marching band, concert band, pep band and jazz band.  In addition, Mr. Hinds was the Director of the Percussion Program at Triad School District 2, which included all percussion activities at the high school, middle school, and beginner levels.   

Mr. Hinds is noted for his arranging for bands, marching percussion, percussion ensembles, and drill design (high school and college level).  Mr. Hinds is also sought after as a percussion clinician and visual design consultant.

Mr. John D. Langham

Color Guard

John Langham is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has lived in St. Louis for the past 7 years.  He is a graduate of Memphis State University with a degree in Education but mainly worked as a Hospital Administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for over 20 years.  Having been a musician for over 30 years, he has quite a resume of teaching and playing experience.  He was a member of the All-West Tennessee High School Bands, All-State Tennessee High School Bands, Memphis State University Bands, the 1984 Olympic Marching Band, President and 25 year member of the River City Community Band, co-flute principal of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee and is currently a member of Band Together Community Band in St. Louis, MO.

John began his color guard career by marching drum corps and winter guard.  He was color guard captain throughout his college career and was then hired as guard coordinator with the Memphis State University Marching Band for over 10 years. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in high school guard programs from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama, and Illinois.

He has two National titles on his resume. The 2006 USSBA National Champion Munford High School Marching Band from Munford, Tennessee and with the 2011 O’Fallon Township High School Winter Guard, earning the gold medal in Scholastic A at the WGI World Championships.