The Springfield Blue Devil Band

Springfield Local Schools - Holland, OH

Our Staff

Ms. Kathleen McGrady

Ms. McGradyKathleen McGrady is presently in her 15th year of teaching instrumental music with the Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio where she is responsible for instructing the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands, the “Blue Devil” Marching Band, and the High School Symphonic Band.  Previous to her appointment as Director of Bands at Springfield, Ms. McGrady taught band in Northwood Local School District for 17 years, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1996. Ms. McGrady  is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

An avid participant in OMEA competition, her high school and middle school bands consistently earn superior ratings at District and State adjudicated events. Additionally, she has served OMEA in many capacities, including District President, State Secretary, Co-Chair of Performances for the 2007 State Conference, Band Chair for the 2012 State Conference and Co-Chair for the District 1 Honors Music Festival. Ms. McGrady is frequently requested to adjudicate at solo and ensemble and large group festivals and has participated on the selection committee for Junior High Band Literature.  She currently serves on the Bowling Green State University Alumni Band Board.

Among her various honors, Ms. McGrady has been a receipient of Springfield High School’s “You Made A Difference Award”  and was one of  ten Band Directors from the United States selected to be on Staff for the All-American Marching Band that performed for the Grand Opening of the new EuroDisney Park in Paris, France. She was privileged this past June to be selected as the Grand Marshall of the 76th Annual Strawberry Festival Parade for the village of Holland, home of Springfield Local Schools.

In addition to her position as Guest Conductor at the College of Wooster Music Camp each summer, she maintains an active schedule throughout the year as a Guest Conductor/Clinician.  She is also on staff with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music, which performs throughout Europe every other summer, and will again be traveling to seven countries for their 2013 European Tour.

Ms. McGrady maintains professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, National Band Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, is a lifetime member of  Tau Beta Sigma and currently serves as the Ohio State Chair for the American School Band Directors’ Association.

Also active as a performing saxophonist, she currently is listed in the 24th edition of Who’s Who of American Women (2004-2005), in the 2005-2006 Edition of Who’s Who of American Teachers, and in the 2006 edition of the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers and is also a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity – Phi Beta Mu.  

E-mail: kathymcgrady@slsmail.net

Mr. Travis PennellMr. Pennell

Travis Pennell currently serves as the Assistant Band Director for Springfield Local Schools. His responsibilities include teaching 5th Grade Beginning Band, conducting the Springfield HS Concert Band, and assisting with the SHS Blue Devil Marching Band. In addition, he teaches courses in Popular Music and Guitar at SHS. A native of Bakersfield, California, Travis is a graduate of The Ohio State University, holding the degrees of Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music (Music Theory), magna cum laude. While at Ohio State, Mr. Pennell studied Horn with Charles Waddell and Bruce Henniss while performing and recording with some of the nation’s top ensembles including the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his concert playing, Mr. Pennell spent five years as a member in the famed Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL). His performance experience has taken him across Ohio, the Midwest, the U.S., and internationally.

From the beginning of his studies, his teaching was considered to be “representative of a master teacher” while showing “a keen sense of patience and compassion for all students.” Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University, says, “his love for teaching, his passion for music, and his knowledge of the subject create a perfect blend of musician, teacher, and human being.” Mr. Pennell is currently is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Honorary Fraternity, Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME), and The Delta Chi Fraternity. He currently serves OMEA as the District 1 President-Elect, Technology Chair, & Webmaster and is a 2010 OMEA Leadership Academy Graduate.

E-mail: travispennell@slsmail.net

Ms. Jacquelyn Sartor

jacquelyn sartorJacquelyn Sartor is presently in her 15th year as Director of the Color Guard and Winter Guards at Springfield High School where she also writes the marching band drills for the Blue Devil Marching Band. Ms. Sartor has instructed many high school Color Guards in Northwest Ohio the past twenty years including Ada, Northwood, Swanton, Clay, and Defiance. She is a native of Sandusky, Ohio and is employed by Mercy Health Partners in the Financial Operations Department in Toledo, Ohio.

Ms. Sartor is a past member of the MidEast Performance Association (MEPA) where she served as a Color Guard Representative in 2006.  While a member of MEPA, the Springfield Winter Guard won the Gold Medal in 2006 in the Scholastic Regional A Class.  Ms. Sartor’s Winter Guards currently participate in the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA) where they were the 2009 Gold Medalist in Scholastic Regional A and the 2008 Silver Medalist in Scholastic Regional A.  She served OIPA from 2008-2012 on the Executive Board as Regional Director of Color Guards as well as Vice-President.  Ms. Sartor was honored as the OIPA “Director of the Year” in March 2008.

E-mail: jbsartor@yahoo.com

Mr. Mark Swaile

mark swaileMark Swaile is in his fourth year with the Springfield Band program as the Percussion Instructor for the Blue Devil Marching Band. He currently runs a private teaching studio at The Toledo Drum School located at The Drum Depot in Toledo.  Mr Swaile is a custom drum builder and performs instrument restorations.  His current full time occupation is being a dad to his two children.

Mr. Swaile began his performance career at the age of 12 when he began participating in the drum and bugle corps activity.  Over the course of his eligibility he was offered opportunities with such groups as The Glassmen, Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils and The Caviliers.  Mr Swaile has had the opportunity to perform with many styles of musical groups including concert/community bands, big bands, and in various music venues around the area.  Mr Swaile has had the opportunity to share the stage with such artists as Blind Bobby Smith, Roomful of Blues, and Buddy Rich & his big band. 

Mr. Swaile has been a staple in the NW Ohio/ SE Michigan percussion scene for several years.  He has spent time working with Eastwood, Whitmer, Summerfield, and Jefferson Schools, has been a clinician, and was a founder and board member of N.O.I.P.A. While teaching at the University of Toledo, Mr. Swaile assisted the Rocket drum line in organizing a competitive indoor program and was a finalist in the WGI World Percussion Championships.  Mr Swaile served on the WGI percussion advisory board for 2 years.

E-mail: swaileps@yahoo.com