Edward F. Protzman joined the Mason City Schools’ music staff as Director of Bands in 2017. In this position, he coordinates the districts band program and directs multiple concert bands including the Mason High School Wind Symphony. Prior to joining the Mason music staff, he served as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas and as Director of Bands at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Protzman’s groups have consistently received top ratings in OMEA, KMEA, and PMEA large and small group festivals. His bands and ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state music educator conferences in Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. In 2014, he was selected as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award, and in 2016 he was voted teacher of the year at Blue Valley Southwest High School. His ensembles have performed across the United States and abroad including performances in Beijing, China by the Central Bucks School District Honors Wind Ensemble in the summer of 2008. In 2019 the Mason High School Wind Symphony will be performing at the Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Protzman has worked with groups across the United States and Canada. He is the founding music director of the Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble and the Doylestown Symphonic Winds. Mr. Protzman has been involved in several commissioning projects and consortiums including works by John Mackey, James Mobberley, Cait Nishimura, and Alex Thode.
Mr. Protzman’s education includes a Bachelors Music in Music Education from Moravian College Bethlehem, PA, a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting Degree from West Chester University, West Chester, PA, and an Artist’s Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. 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.