Music Department Staff

Mr. Andy Soloman has been a music teacher in Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools since 2012. He teaches all grade levels of band, 6th through 12th.  He also is the co-director of the indoor percussion ensemble and director of the marching band at the high school.

 

Mr. Soloman received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, magna cum laude, from Wright State University. While at Wright State, he studied euphonium with Mr. Francis Laws, Mr. Jacob Cameron, Dr. Gretchen McNamara, and Dr. Benjamin Miles and was mentored by Mr. Wayne Markworth.

 

Before he came to Bellbrook, Mr. Soloman served as Assistant Director of Bands at Carroll High School for two years. He has also been an instructor for Ryhthm X, Centerville High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Kettering Fairmont Marching Band. Mr. Soloman performed with the Bluecoats, Glassmen, and Madison Scouts drum and bugle corps as well as Rhythm X Indoor Drumline, including a performance with Keith Urban and an international tour through England, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He has also performed in clinics at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference and the Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Soloman is a member of the National Association for Music Education and Ohio Music Educators Association.   

 

Mrs. Barbara Siler is currently a band director at Bellbrook High School and Bellbrook Middle School.   Mrs. Siler is the director of the high school concert bands and assists with marching band, and is also the director of the pit orchestras for musicals. Mrs. Siler also teaches AP Music Theory at BHS.  She has been a music teacher at Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools since 1988.  During this time, she has also taught elementary general music, and high school and middle school choir.

 

Mrs. Siler is a graduate of Beavercreek High School and received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, where she double majored in piano and clarinet and was recognized with Magna Cum Laude status.  She continued her education at Wright State and graduated with a Master of Music degree (4.0 honors), with an emphasis on clarinet and music education.  

 

In addition to her responsibilities at Bellbrook High School, Mrs. Siler, along with her husband Michael, have owned and operated a Yamaha Music School in Centerville.  This is a program that teaches music education with a keyboard emphasis to young children and their parents.  She also has maintained a small private studio at her home, teaching both clarinet and piano lessons.  Mrs. Siler also has served as an accompanist in the area, and performs with the Burning River Winds.  She has worked as a choral director and pianist in several area churches for many years.   During her time at Bellbrook High School, the instrumental ensembles have received high accolades locally, regionally, and nationally, both in concert band and marching band.  The Marching Eagles have been consistent regional finalists and national semi-finalists at Bands of America, and have been a participant in BOA since 1992.

 

Mrs. Siler received the Howard Post Award from Greene County Schools in 2001, which is an award given to a teacher chosen by a graduating valedictorian as their most influential teacher.  In May 2005, Mrs. Siler and the Director of Bands at Bellbrook at the time, David Carbone, received international recognition as the cover feature of School Band and Orchestra (SBO) Magazine.  Mrs. Siler was recognized in 2008 with the Distinguished Music Alumni Award from Wright State University, and in 2013 was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, and honorary international bandmaster fraternity.

 

Mrs. Siler is currently a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference.  She and her husband Michael (who wrote and arranged music for the Marching Eagles for many years) live in Centerville with their three amazing Shetland Sheepdog children, Echo, Encore, and their third dog, Picardy.




Mr. Sheldon Apo is the Guard Director for Bellbrook High School, the 2013 Winter Guard International (WGI) Scholastic A Champions (now Open Guard), Bellbrook High School Scholastic Regional A Guard, Bellbrook Middle School Junior Guard, and the Bellbrook Little Belles.

 

Sheldon marched in the 2001 and 2002 Cavaliers Color Guard and also was a performer in the Pride of Cincinnati from 2003-2005. Since then, he has written for the Independent World Class finalist, Zydeco Color Guard, as well as Northern Academy of Performing Arts from Sheffield, UK.  After aging out of The Cavaliers, he received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Engineering.

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