Ed Protzman

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Ed Protzman joined the Mason City Schools’ music staff as Director of Bands in 2018.  In this position, he coordinates the districts band program along and conducts multiple ensembles including the Mason High School Wind Symphony. His duties also include teaching AP Music Theory and assisting with the marching band. Prior to joining the Mason High School music staff, Protzman served as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas and Director of Bands at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Protzman’s ensembles have consistently received top ratings at PMEA, KMEA, and OMEA large and small group festivals along with being selected by audition to perform at state music educator conventions in Kansas and Pennsylvania. In 2014, he was selected as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award. His ensembles have performed across the United States and abroad including a performance tour in Beijing, China by the Central Bucks School District Honors Wind Ensemble in the summer of 2008. Protzman is the founder and first conductor of the Doylestown Symphonic Winds a semi-professional wind ensemble made up of music educators from the Philadelphia area.

Protzman’s education includes a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting from West Chester University, West Chester, PA, where he studied with Dr. Andrew Yozviak and an Artist’s Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada where he studied with Dr. Glenn D. Price. Along with his formal education, he has attended conducting seminars and master classes at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Kansas, Temple University, Ball State University, and Kansas State University.  He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, The National Band Association, The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American School Band Directors Association.


Johnnie B. Green

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Mr. Green joined the Mason staff in 2017 after serving as Associate Director of Bands, and Color Guard Director at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX. Mr. Green’s ensembles earned Superior ratings in both concert and marching band, and established the Lehman Color Guard as a TCGC State Championship Medalist and WGI Regional Finalist. Mr. Green received the UIL Sponsor of Excellence award from Hays CISD, and was nominated for the State UIL Award, and was a Quarter-finalist for the 2015 Grammy in Music Education. Under Mr. Green’s direction, the Lehman Wind Symphony was named a “Commended Winner” in the Foundation for Music Education’s Citation of Excellence.

Mr. Green began his teaching career at Normal and Normal West High School in Illinois, earning State Championships in both Marching Band and Color Guard. Both Normal and Normal West were BOA Regional and WGI Regional Finalists. In addition, the Normal West Band was a BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist, and the Wind Ensemble achieved State Honor Band status. Mr. Green continues to serve as a consultant for the Normal West Band Program. Beginning in 2004, Mr. Green taught in the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio where he served as the Visual Coordinator/Color Guard Director and Brass Specialist.

Mr. Green has been the Visual Caption Head for Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently Assistant Visual Caption Head for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.A native of Danville, IL, Mr. Green grew up with a strong background in music, where he performed at Carnegie Hall for the National Youth Performance Debut Series, and performed as principal trumpet in the first BOA Concert Band under the direction of William D. Revelli and Tim Salzman. Mr. Green studied trumpet with Dr. Amy Gilreath at Illinois State University, and with Dr. Jonathan Gresham at Northern Kentucky University where he was selected as a finalist in the Corbett Concerto Competition, and performed as a member of the NKU Faculty Brass Quintet. His additional teachers have included Parker Melvin and Michael Tunnell (University of Illinois), Judith Saxton (Illinois Wesleyan University), and Richard Lehman, former Principal Cornet of The United States Marine Band. From 1991-1994, Mr. Green was a lead soprano for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, earning the 1992 DCI World Championship and Individual & Ensemble World Championships in 1992 and 1994. Mr. Green has continued to stay active as a performer, playing with the San Antonio Wind Symphony, Heart of Texas Concert Band, and was a featured soloist with the Cavalier’s 60th Anniversary Corps.



Andrew Acheson, Color Guard Director

Mr. Acheson has grown up in the marching community, beginning his career marching with the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps from 2002-2005 serving as both flag captain, and guard seargent. He then taught the corps from 2006-2009.  During that time he performed with world champion Pride of Cincinnati from 2005-2007. In 2010 he Joined the staff at The Woodlands High School, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Cypress Independent from Houston Texas.  He then continued on to The Woodlands College Park and The Crossman Drum and Bugle Corps.   

Mr. Acheson then went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic with a tour in Afghanistan, teaching when he could with various groups in the U.S.  Many Groups that he has taught include Millenia Drum and Bugle Corps (Italy), Marcus H.S. (Texas), Lehman H.S. (Texas), Beechwood H.S.(Kentucky), and Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S. (Kentucky). 


Joe Woodie, Percussion Director

For Joe Woodie, percussion is his career and his passion. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s of music degree, Joe joined William Mason High School this year as the percussion specialist for all six concert bands and for the marching band.

Joe marched with both the Bluecoats and with Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble and now serves as a battery instructor for both ensembles. In August, Joe was a part of the staff that guided the Bluecoats to win the 2016 DCI World Class Championships. He has also worked as a battery instructor for many area high schools, including Northmont, Findlay, Miamisburg, Sycamore, and Centerville.

Joe believes music is a subject uniquely bound to emotion and has discovered that creating an emotional connection between his students’ individual experiences and the music they are performing is a powerful tool as a music educator. Teaching also provides the opportunity for Joe to guide the individual character development in each student through music.

Joe has been inspired by the work of Claude Debussy, Igor Stavinsky, Paul Hindemith, and Frederic Chopin, and is especially grateful to his parents for providing support and inspiration as he pursued his love of music. When Joe isn’t teaching or playing music, he appreciates time to exercise, socialize, and compose percussive/electronic music.