Joseph Witkowski, Director
Joseph Witkowski arrived at Annandale High School for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. He conducts the AHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and is also director of the Marching Atoms, the Jazz Ensemble, and the winter Athletic Band. Prior to his appointment at Annandale, Mr. Witkowski served as Visiting College Lecturer in Bands at The University of Akron, fulfilling the duties of Assistant Director of Bands. At Akron he was co-director of "Ohio's Pride," The University of Akron Marching Band, and director of the "Blue and Gold Brass" basketball band. Additionally, he conducted the Concert Band, co-conducted the University Band, and taught undergraduate conducting.
Mr. Witkowski completed his master's degree in instrumental conducting at Ball State University. While at Ball State, Mr. Witkowski served as a graduate assistant with the university concert, marching, and athletic bands. Preceding graduate study, he taught beginning, middle, and high school band in the Marion (Ohio) City Schools where his students achieved recognition and superior ratings at local, state, and national events. He completed his bachelor's degree in music education at The Ohio State University where he studied tuba. Joseph is an ardent advocate for arts education and has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and as the Advocacy Chairperson of the Ohio Music Education Association. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association.