In his 10th year at Valley Center and 22nd year teaching instrumental music, Mr. Jan Verboom Co-Directs all the Instrumental Ensembles 5th through 12th grades at Valley Center. Mr. Verboom is a Graduate of Wichita State University where he performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, WSU Pep Band, Jazz Combos, Percussion Ensembles, Steel Band, Marching Percussion, and “Shocker” Marching Band. Mr. Verboom is a former student of Dr. J.C. Combs, Myles Mazur, Brad Bone, Dr. Victor Markovich, and student teaching with Dr. Charles Menghini in the Olathe School District.
He began his music education career as the Percussion Instructor at Wichita North High School and was Assistant Band Director and District Percussion Coordinator in the Goddard Public Schools for twelve years prior to coming to Valley Center. Mr. Verboom has been involved with a number of ensembles and organizations as an Instructor or Percussion Arranger including Goddard, Buhler, Derby, Olathe North, the Kansas Lions International and State Bands, the Performance Arts Foundation, the Kansas Masonic Band, and the Quad City Knights Drum and Bugle Corps along with providing private percussion instruction to students. As an instructor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer, Mr. Verboom has traveled through the United States, Canada, and England.
He was chosen as a “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 2002 and is a member of MENC, Kansas Music Educators Association, and the Kansas Bandmasters Association.
Ms. Amanda Jolly is finishing her 5th year at Valley Center as Co-Director of Bands and her 7th year of teaching. Prior to coming to Valley, she was the Director of Bands and Choir for the Kingman school district in Kingman, KS. Ms. Jolly is a graduate of Kansas State University where she majored in Instrumental Music Education and Vocal Performance. While at K-State, she was an active performer in the music department's top instrumental and choral/vocal ensembles, as well the K-State Pride of Marching Band's Head Drum Major for two years.
She has remained an active performer, playing with the Salina Symphony and performing with other civic and church organizations. Other experiences include private teaching (both flute and voice), working with drum majors from local schools, and serving on the music staff of the K-State summer music and leadership camps.
Ms. Jolly is also music director at the Riverside Christian Church in Wichita. She is a member of the professional music organizations KMEA and MENC, as well as a alumni of Tau Beta Sigma, a service-oriented music fraternity.
Dr. Michael Mapp joined VC in 2008 after two years as Director at Bishop Carroll High School. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education studying saxophone with Dr. Rhonda Taylor, and conducting with Dr. Kenneth Van Winkle and Dr. Lonnie Klein. At NMSU he served as Drum Major of the "Pride of New Mexico", and was principal saxophonist in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. While in Las Cruces, Mr. Mapp worked with the nationally awarded and recognised Royal Knight Regiment of Onate High School under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht and Shawn Silva. Upon graduating in 2005 Mr. Mapp came to Wichita to pursue his masters degree. While at Wichita State University Mr. Mapp served as Director of Athletic Bands and conducted the Shockersound Basketball Band. Also while at WSU Mr. Mapp conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and Saxophone Choir, along with teaching courses in conducting, and woodwind methods. During his tenure at WSU Mr. Mapp performed as principal saxophonist with the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and performed with the WSU Jazz Arts as well. He studied saxophone with Professor Jean Lansing and conducting with Dr. Victor Markovich and Dr. Mark Laycock. Professionally Mr. Mapp has performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Kansas Saxophone Quartet, and performed at the 2006 North American Saxophone Alliance at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Dr. Mapp has provided leadership training for various high school bands in the Southwest and is co-founder of the Crimson Academy, an intensive course for drum majors, originally hosted during NMSU's summer band camp. As a composer/arranger Mr. Mapp has had his works performed by New Mexico State University performing ensembles, WSU Shockersound Basketball Band, and various high schools. Mr. Mapp is a member of MENC, NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance), KMEA, Kansas Bandmasters Association, and a lifetime member of Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Michael received his Doctorate Degree from the University of Kansas and is now Directors of Bands at Washburn University in Topeka.