Mr. Joel Gordon

Phone: (816) 858-2036 ext. 2649

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Truman State University MAE - Truman State University

Mr. Joel Gordon

Mr. Joel Gordon is currently in his third year of teaching with the Platte County R-3 School District, serving in the capacity of Director of Bands at Platte City Middle School.  Mr. Gordon’s teaching roles include instructor of sixth through eighth grade woodwinds and brass at Platte City Middle School, staff field staff for the Platte County Pride and Traditions Marching Bands, and assistant director of the PCHS Concert and Symphonic Bands.  Mr. Gordon also directs the extra-curricular PCMS 8th Grade Jazz Band and facilitates jazz improvisation classes and jazz combos at PCHS.  In addition, Mr. Gordon teaches private studio lessons for classical saxophone and jazz improvisation and is a assistant director for Kansas City Area Youth Jazz.  

Mr. Gordon enjoys performing throughout the United States.  In 2017, Gordon recorded and released an album with the Kansas City-based jazz quintet, the Matt Cook Collective.  The group went on a seven city Midwest release tour.  As well, Mr. Gordon traveled to the East Coast in Spring 2018 to perform at the 40th International Saxophone Symposium with {tres}, a chamber ensemble devoted to bringing baroque and classical era compositions into the contemporary saxophone repertoire through recording and public recitals.  Mr. Gordon can be heard playing jazz standards and original compositions throughout Missouri and Kansas as a leader of the groups Joel Gordon’s Happy Habitat and the Joel Gordon Trio (joelgordonmusic.com).  

Mr. Gordon grew up in the Kansas City Northland and is a graduate of Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Jazz Studies (2015) and a Master of Arts in Education (2016) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Mr. Gordon’s professional affiliations include Kappa Delta Pi, the Missouri Association for Jazz Education, the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Missouri Music Educators Association, Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and the National Association for Music Education.  

Currently, Mr. Gordon resides in Platte City, Missouri with his wonderful wife, Megan, a choral accompanist in the North Platte School District and private studio piano teacher.  The Gordons enjoy going kayaking, playing board games, and spending time with their two kittens, Izzy and Ollie.  

 

FALL 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE

1st Period - PCHS Traditions Marching Band

2nd Period - PCMS 6th Grade Baritone/Tuba

3rd Period - PCMS Plan Period

4th Period - PCMS 8th Grade Band

-C Lunch-

5th Period - PCMS 7th Grade Low Brass

6th Period - PCMS 6th Grade Woodwinds

7th Period - PCMS 7th Grade High Brass

 

SPRING 2019 EXTRACURRICULARS

PCHS Jazz Ensemble II (M/W 7:00a)

PCMS 8th Grade Jazz Band (T/R/F 7:00a)

PCHS Jazz Combos (T/R 3:00p-4:00p) 

 

SPRING 2019 IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, Feb 2nd (TBD)

RBHS/MU Jazz Festival

RBHS (Columbia, MO)

PCHS Jazz Ensemble

 

Tuesday, Feb. 12th (TBD)

PCHS Student Festival Recital

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Tuesday, Feb 19th (TBD)

Pre-Contest Jazz Concert

PCMS Forum Room

All Festival Jazz Groups Except Jazz I/II

 

Wednesday, Feb 20th (TBD)

Kansas City Mavericks Game

Independence Event Center

PCHS Jazz Ensemble

 

Friday, Feb 22nd (TBD)

NWMSU Jazz Festival

NWMSU (Maryville, MO)

PCHS Jazz Ensemble and JH Jazz

 

Saturday, Feb 23rd (TBD)

UCM Jazz Festival

UCM (Warrensville, MO)

PCHS Jazz Ensemble and Combos

 

Saturday, Mar. 2nd (TBD)

Mid-MO Percussion Arts Trophy

LHS (Lebanon, MO)

Optional for PCHS Percussion Students

 

Wednesday, Mar. 6th (TBD)

Barry & PCMS Solo/Ensemble

PCMS Band Room

Optional for Barry/PCMS Students

 

Saturday, Mar. 30th (All Day)

District Solo/Ensemble Festival

CHS (St. Joseph, MO)

Students Qualifying from Recital

 

First Week of April (TBD)

State Large Group State Festival

Wilson Auditorium

All PCHS Band Students

 

Friday, April 19th (TBD)

Penn Valley Jazz Festival

Gem Theatre (KCMO)

PCHS Jazz Ensemble I/II

 

Friday, April 26th (All Day)

State Solo/Ensemble Festival

MU (Columbia, MO)

Students Qualifying from District

 

Friday, May 3rd (7:00p Start)

PCHS Drum! Show

Wilson Auditorium

All PCR3 Percussion Students

 

Monday, May 6th (3:00p - 5:00p)

PCHS Pride Band Clinics

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Tuesday, May 7th (3:00p - 5:00p)

PCHS Pride Band Clinics

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Wednesday, May 8th (3:00p - 5:00p)

PCHS Pride Band Clinics

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Thursday, May 9th (7:00p Start)

PCHS Spring Band Concert

Wilson Auditorium

All PCHS Band Students

 

Friday, May 10th (7:00p - 10:00p)

PCHS Evening of Jazz

PCHS North Gym

PCHS Jazz Ensemble

 

Monday, May 13th (3:00p - 6:00p)

PCHS Jazz Ensemble Auditions

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Tuesday, May 14th (3:00p - 5:00p)

PCHS Pride Band Auditions

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Wednesday, May 15th (3:00p - 5:00p)

PCHS Pride Band Auditions

PCHS Band Room

Optional for PCHS Students

 

Wednesday, May 15th (TBD)

Barry Spring Band Concert

Barry School Gym

All Barry Band Students

 

Thursday, May 16th (6:00p Start)

PCMS Spring Band Concert

Wilson Auditorium

All PCMS Band Students

 

Sunday, May 19th (TBD)

PCHS Graduation

KCI Expo Center

All PCHS Band Students

 

Monday, May 20th (TBD)

PCHS Band Award Ceremony

Wilson Auditorium

All PCMS Band Students