BAHS Band Staff Directory

Jay ZimmermanBand Directorjzimmerm@basd.net
Susan ZimmermanAssistant Directorszimmerm@basd.net
Luke SkerponField/Music Instructorlskerpon@basd.net
Jayme ZimmermanBrass Instructor/Techjzimmerman@basd.net
Kim WeaverDance Team Choreographer
Marissa WeaverVolunteer Dance Team Instructor
Amy AllisonSilks/Rifle Instructoraallison@basd.net
Emily RickardMajorette Instructor
Arimani CaprioVolunteer Majorette Instructor
Joe HouserPercussion Instructorjhouser@basd.net

 

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     Jay Zimmerman has been teaching in the Bellefonte Area School District since 1982. He is an alumnus of Bellefonte (class of '77) and went on to Penn State University to get his Bachelor's Degree in music education. He has taught general music, chorus, and instrumental lessons at all three levels of instruction; middle school, elementary, and high school, since being hired at Bellefonte.  He has assisted with the high school band for 14 years in all areas of the program, specializing in marching band and jazz band. He is also the music director at St. John's Catholic Church in Bellefonte, playing the oran and directing the adult and children's choir. He is currently a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)  the Elks Lodge and Nittany ountry Club.

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Susan Zimmerman has been teaching in the Bellefonte Area School District since 1982. Susan is a graduate of Hollidaysburg and went to Penn State University to get her Bachelor's Degree in music education and student taught in instrumental music. She teaches general music and 5th grade chorus at Marion-Walker and Pleasant Gap Elementary Schools and was named P.M.E.A. District 4's outstanding elementary music teacher in 1988. Susan also earned an Integration of Technology certificate from Penn State and serves the district as the Elementary Technology Coordinator. In August 2006 she was named a state Keystone teacher for technology integration from the department of education. In 2007 she won the Best Buy teach award for technology. During the 2010 school year Susan was selected as the Bellefonte Education Foundation's Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She is currently assistant director and web master for the BAHS band . Susan is a member of the music sorority, Mu Phi Epsilon , the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC),  Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), The Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology(PECT) and the Nittany Country Club.

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 Mr. Luke Skerpon is the Director of Middle & High School Choirs for the Bellefonte Area School District.  He also teaches the high school theater courses, and is the BAHS Drama Club Co-Adviser/Director and is an instructor with the Bellefonte Marching Band.  Mr. Skerpon joined the faculty of BAHS in August 2012.  Mr. Skerpon graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  At PSU, he was involved in the Penn State Blue Band, the Pride of the Lions Basketball Pep Band, Concert Band, the Blue and White Society, was an IM soccer and basketball official and was involved with THON.  Mr. Skerpon was also the director of the Penn State Blue in the FACE A Cappella Group. Outside of teaching, he is currently the assistant director of the Sayre Area High School Marching Band in the summer, and has worked with that program since June 2008.  He is also a co-director/producer/musical director with the Valley Community Theater, based out of Sayre, PA, and is a volunteer assistant with the Penn State Blue Band.  Mr. Skerpon is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. 

   

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Kim McMullin Weaver is another alumni to the Bellefonte Marching Band.  Kim is a 1984 graduate of Bellefonte and was a member of Bellefonte’s first KIDA Majorette Champions in 1984.  She also played flute in the Concert Band and Flute Choirs.  Kim married fellow band member, Joe Weaver, and together they have 2 children, Marissa and Joshua. She is a 2004 graduate of Penn State University and works as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room at Mt. Nittany Medical Center.  Kim was an assistant coach for the Bellefonte Pop Warner Pee Wee and Jr. Pee Wee Cheerleading squads for 3 years; 2 of those 3 years the Cheer Squads won Susquehanna Valley Championships.  She has danced at Kennedy Dance Center for 8 years, studying both jazz and tap, and now begins her 3rd  year as instructor for the Dance Team.  Kim looks forward to the continued growth and development of the Dance Team as a group and of each individual dancer, and is looking to expanding the role of the Dance Team, to include participation in many of the school’s indoor sporting events.

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