Directors and Staff

Patrick McCarty, Director of Bands

Patrick McCarty joined the band staff at Olathe North in in the Fall of 2017. Prior to coming to Olathe, Patrick served as Director of Bands at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, NE from 2014-2017. During his time at Bellevue East, Mr. McCarty directed and oversaw a very active band program, which included the award winning marching band, concert band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble.  The band program also boasted a thriving jazz program, basketball pep band, colorguard and winterguard program, and many other performance and educational opportunities for students.  Under Mr. McCarty’s leadership, the band program grew substantially in musical quality, received superior ratings, and the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform the capstone concert at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association 2017 Convention.

 

Prior to his work at Bellevue East High School, Mr. McCarty served as the Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Studies at Avila University in Kansas City, MO, from 2011 to 2014.  There he directed the athletic bands and musical pit orchestra, taught music appreciation, music education courses, and private studio lessons.  Prior to Avila University, Patrick was the Assistant Director of Bands at Lawrence High School from 2005-2010, where he conducted the LHS Concert Band, assisted with other ensembles, guided the percussion program, instructed beginning band classes, and helped assist the award winning LHS Marching Lions in several very successful years.  He was also the permanent percussion instructor at Lawrence High School from 2003-2014.

 

A native of Lawrence, KS and Emporia, KS, Mr. McCarty has been an active participant in all mediums of instrumental music, including concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band, orchestra, and percussion.  Patrick is a graduate of The University of Kansas, where he earned his Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music Education and was a very active member of the KU Band Department.  He enjoyed his membership in the KU Marching Jayhawks, KU Wind Ensemble, and back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances with the KU Basketball Band in 2002 and 2003.  Patrick was also a member of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in the summer of 1999.

 

Mr. McCarty has been a band and percussion clinician and adjudicator throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Illinois for several years.  He has served as a staff member of Dojo Percussion Independent WGI Indoor Drumline from Omaha, NE since from 2013-2017.  He has also become well-known throughout the Midwest for his marching band and pep band arrangements, which have been performed by various high school and college bands around the country.

Joshua Maddux, Assistant Director of Bands

Josh Maddux joined the Olathe North High School Band staff in 2018.  Prior to his appointment at Olathe North, Mr. Maddux served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Olathe Northwest High School from 2013-2018.  During his time at Northwest, he assisted with the marching band, pep band, pit orchestra, and oversaw the Wind Ensemble and Jazz III.  During his first three years, Mr. Maddux also taught 5th Grade Band at Manchester Park, Meadow Lane, and Ravenwood Elementary Schools, which consistently had strong numbers of students who continued their music education into middle school and beyond.  Outside of his building responsibilities, Mr. Maddux has maintained a small private studio teaching trumpet lessons to Olathe area middle school students.

 

Mr. Maddux graduated from Blue Valley North High School in 2009.  As a member of the Mustang Bands, he served one year as a Drum Major, and was the recipient of the National John Philip Sousa Award, which recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.  Mr. Maddux continued his education at the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in May of 2013.  While at KU, Mr. Maddux played trumpet in the Symphonic Band for three years, and had additional opportunities to perform with the KU Trumpet Ensemble.  Mr. Maddux also spent time in college serving as a marching technician/trumpet clinician at both De Soto High School and Lawrence High School.

Mr. Maddux was also a proud member of the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks for four years.  His leadership positions included 2010 Trumpet Section Leader, as well as Drum Major for the 2011 and 2012 marching seasons.  Mr. Maddux holds awards through the Marching Jayhawks which include the 2010 Outstanding Brass Performer, and the 2012 Outstanding Band Member.  He was also a member of the University of Kansas Basketball Bands for three years; one year performing with the Women’s Basketball Band, and two years with the Men’s Basketball Band.  Mr. Maddux has played in two NCAA Division I Basketball Tournaments with performances in Tulsa, OK, Omaha, NE, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, and performances in the 2012 Final Four and National Championship in New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Maddux has professional affiliations which include the National Association for Music Education, the Kansas Music Educators Association, and the Kansas Bandmasters Association.  Outside of his responsibilities at Olathe North High School, Mr. Maddux enjoys spending time with his wife Allison (an elementary school teacher in the Blue Valley School District) and their dog Josie, as well their family and friends.  He also spends time over the summer playing recreational softball and beach volleyball.

 

Mr. Maddux is excited for the opportunity to be on staff at Olathe North High School, and enjoys immersing himself in the Olathe North Area Band Program.

Charlie Betzelberger, Percussion Instructor
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Charlie Betzelberger joined the Olathe North Band Staff in the Summer of 2019 and is an Overland Park native and alumni of Blue Valley North High School.  After high school, he ventured out to the east coat to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.  While at Berklee, Charlie received a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance.  He was very active in the percussion community performing with the Berklee Percussion Ensemble, Berklee Marching Percussion Ensemble, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra along with many others.  He studied with many distinguished professors and clinicians such as Nancy Zeltsman, Richard Flannagan and Ed Saindon.  While in Boston, Charlie started and led his own percussion quartet that focused on contemporary percussion music while trying to incorporate the influences of modern pop and rock music.  Since moving back to Kansas City, Charlie has played percussion in many local musicals and is a member of the FMO Big Band.  He remains a very active percussion clinician for schools and groups around the Kansas City metro area. 

Blake Vignery, Percussion Consultant
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Blake Vignery joined the Olathe North High School Band staff as a consultant in the Fall of 2018.  Along with his work with Olathe North, Mr. Vignery is also the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at both Lansing High School and Middle School.  Mr. Vignery also directs the drumline for the Mid America Nazarene University Band Program.  Prior to his current positions, Mr. Vignery served as the percussion instructor for Lansing High School and Blue Valley North High Schools as well as assisting with various other schools in the Kansas City area.  In his previous positions, Mr. Vignery has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including high school concert band, jazz ensembles, marching bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, middle school concert bands, elementary bands, small ensembles, and has taught private lessons to students in the Kansas City area.  

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Mr. Vignery grew up in Concordia, Kansas, and graduated from Concordia Senior High School in 2003.  He then attended Kansas State University where he studied Music Education.  While attending KSU, Mr. Vignery played in a wide variety of ensembles including: The Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the KSU Percussion Ensemble.  Mr. Vignery is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity and a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Vignery is well renowned as an avid percussionist in the Kansas City musical theater community as he has performed over 45 musicals in the capacity of both musician and music director.  He has performed at several theatres including the Carlsen Center, the White Theatre, the Kauffman Center and the Signature Theater in Manhattan, New York. You can also catch Mr. Vignery performing around the Kansas City area playing with his band “The Boxley Brothers.”

Maddie Cain, Leadership Coordinator & Woodwind/Visual Technician
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Maddie Cain is 2019 graduate of Olathe North High School and a native of Olathe her entire life.  She was a three year member of the John Philip Sousa Honor Band, clarinet section leader in high school, and held the position of drum major for two consecutive years.  She was also part of the ECKMEA District Honor Band and the KMEA All-State Band during her time in high school. Maddie was an attendee of Music for All’s Summer Symposium for two years and now is part of their SWAG team.  Currently, Maddie attends the University of Kansas and is majoring in Music Education.  At KU, she is a proud and active member of the Marching Jayhawks, Basketball Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, and  the Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band service fraternity.

Carter Hicks, Percussion Consultant
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Carter Hicks, a proud alumni of Olathe North High School, joined the Olathe North Band Staff in the summer of 2019.  He was a three year member of the Wind Ensemble, and named section caption for the Drumline tenor section.  Carter held leadership positions for two years and participated in numerous percussion ensembles, pit orchestra, and basketball pep bands.  He was also named as the lead tenor at Music for All’s Summer Symposium in 2019 and has assisted in teaching percussion through private lessons and practice nights with Santa Fe Trail Middle School.  Carter currently attends the University of Kansas majoring in Secondary History and Government Education.  His hope is to become a teacher and work with Percussion students and coach baseball. 

Kayla Sinclair, Eaglettes Dance Team Instructor

Kayla Sinclair joined the Olathe North High School Eaglettes Dance Team staff in the Summer of 2018.  Coach Sinclair grew up in Olathe and began dancing at the age of three at The Studio School of Dance.  She danced competitively for KC Dance Expressions was a member of the Olathe North Eaglettes from 2009-2012.  After graduation, Coach Sinclair joined the Spirit Squad at William Jewell College before transferring to the University of Kansas and serving as a Rock Chalk Revue Director for two years.  She has worked as a judge and choreographer for many teams in the area and currently teaches history at Olathe North High School.

TBD, Eaglettes Dance Team Instructor
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