BHS Band Staff
2017 - 2018 BHS Band Staff
Darin Graber is the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Bingham High School, a position he has held since 2000. He holds a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Washington State University, Pullman WA studying under the baton of the late Dr. L. Keating Johnson, a Bachelors of Music Education Degree with an emphasis in Secondary Instrumental Music from the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS performing under the direction of Robert E. Foster & James Barnes, and an Associates Degree in Education from Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson KS while on a full jazz scholarship. He is a current or past member of the Utah Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Washington Music Educators Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, and National Bandmasters Association. He is a past President of the Utah Bandmasters Association and has also been a member of such music associations as SPEBSQSA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the American Federation of Musicians, local #110.
Originally from and teaching in the Midwest, Mr. Graber taught middle school and high school band, orchestra and choir for five years in Kansas, spent two years at Washington State University as a graduate teaching assistant with the WSU Bands, and is in his 19th year teaching in the Jordan School District, 18 of which have been at Bingham High School. He was a member of the Idaho/Washington Symphony Orchestra and has performed on trumpet with groups backing up such musical and jazz greats as John Faddis, James Moody, David Steinmeyer, Clark Terry, David Foster, Frank Mantooth, and Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers. He also has credits on several independent albums, received a Downbeat magazine student musician award, has done some studio work in the Kansas City area, and occasionally freelances on trumpet in the Salt Lake valley with different groups and ensembles. He is currently a member of the Wasatch Jazz Project Big Band, enjoys restoring british sports cars in his spare time, and currently lives in Riverton UT.
Keith Davis is an Assistant Director and High Brass Instructor with the Bingham Marching "Miner" Band. Keith has taught 25 years in both Jordan and Canyons School Districts, and is currently on his second stint of being the band and orchestra director at Butler Middle School. He also spent four years at Elk Ridge Middle School and a day does not go by that he does not miss the wonderful students that he taught there.
Mr. Davis has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah and is a graduate of West Jordan (UT) High School. But his proud claim to fame is that for one glorious year he attended Bingham High and marched in the very marching band that he is now helping to direct! Go Miners!!! Keith plays trumpet, which he started to play many, MANY years ago, and he currently performs regularly with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra and in the pit orchestra for the Pioneer Memorial Theater Company, along with numerous other musical opportunities that seem to keep him busier than he sometimes likes. He is grateful to have the love and support of his wife and daughter who are singers and performers as well.
Chris Lyon is an Assistant Director and Low Brass Instructor with the Bingham Marching "Miner" Band and has served in this position since the fall of 2010. He is currently the Director of Bands at Elk Ridge Middle School, one of the two middle school feeder programs for Bingham High School, and has years of experience in the classroom, with the last four being at his current position. Mr. Lyon has a Masters of Education from SUU, a Bachelors of Music from BYU, and an Associate of Arts from Snow College. While in college, Mr. Lyon studied bass trombone performance and has performed across the valley with the Utah Symphony, in various Broadway musicals, and in several big bands.
Mr. Lyon resides in West Jordan with his beautiful wife and his two amazing daughters. He is an active member of his local church organization, is a leader in his community, and speaks fluent Portuguese. In his free time, Mr. Lyon enjoys playing and watching soccer, spending time with his wife, and playing with his children.
Rachelle Lyon is an Assistant Director and the Low Woodwind Instructor for the Bingham Marching "Miner" Band, a position she has held since 2011. Her teaching experience includes four years as Director of Instrumental Music at Eastmont Middle School, and one year as Director of Bands at Terra Linda Elementary School. In addition to teaching in the public schools, she maintains a private saxophone studio. Mrs. Lyon has a Bachelors of Music from BYU with a focus on saxophone performance, and currently is the saxophone section leader for the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds. She has been a member of the world renowned Synthesis and has also performed locally in several Broadway musicals and local big bands.
Mrs. Lyon left public education in 2011 to be a stay-at-home mother and resides in West Jordan with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys shopping, playing her saxophone, reading, and spending time with her awesome husband and beautiful girls.
Mecqae Knight is an Assistant Director and High Woodwind Instructor with the Bingham Marching “Miner” Band. Mecqae is the former Director of Bands at South Jordan Middle School, one of the two middle school feeder programs for Bingham High School. Mrs. Knight has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Utah State University and graduated with honors. Among her favorite memories is attending Bingham High School and playing in the very band she is now helping to direct. She is a current and past member of the Utah Music Educators Association, Utah Bandmasters Association, and National Bandmasters Association. She has also been a member of Tau Beta Sigma, the national band sorority. Mecqae plays the clarinet and plays in Wasatch Winds, free lances in various groups in Salt Lake, and teaches a private clarinet studio. Mrs. Knight currently resides in West Jordan and in her free time she enjoys reading, playing softball, sleeping, hiking, backpacking, camping, and playing her clarinet.
Thomas Tolman is the Director of the Color Guard Program at Bingham High School. Thomas participated in the Grantsville (UT) High School color guard program from 2004-2005, and the Kearns (UT) High School color guard program from 2005-2007 also competed with Urban Expression Independent A from 2008-2011. Thomas then marched with the Urban Expressions World Guard for the 2013-2014 season. He has taught and was a tech for Winter guard programs for Kearns High School in 2007-2008 and both Urban Lite West and Urban Expressions Open in 2013-2014.
Larry Edvalson has been playing percussion instruments for 39 years (40 if you count the drumset he made out of ice cream buckets, crediting Animal from The Muppet Show as his primary influence).
Larry was a member of the University of Utah Percussion Ensemble for 6 years (NCAA National Champions - 1987), performing around the country and for the 1987 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in St Louis, Missouri. But Larry's true passion has always been on the football field, where he marched in the University of Utah snare line for 6 years, including 4 years as section leader. In 1989, Larry marched with the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, performing "The Phantom of the Opera", and collecting the prestigious Fred Sanford High Drums Award.
Larry has been the instructor of the Bonneville (1986), Davis (1987), Woods Cross (1988), American Fork (1989-90), Riverton (2012), and Bingham (2013/2015) High School Drum Lines. He has spent 2 years (1991, 2012) as instructor of the University of Utah Ute Drumline.
Cris Stiles had a phenomenal formal and informal secondary music education. He graduated in 2005 from Huntington Beach High School. In his early years with music Cris played in many garage bands and had the privilege of performing with one of Orange County's most recognizable Ska bands, GoGo13. It was while recording their first full length album that Cris decided he wanted to make music his full time career.
In 2010 Cris was hired on at Bingham High School as a visual tech and as Director of Marching Percussion. Cris served in this position until 2012 when he was asked to serve as the Visual Caption Head. The time spent at Bingham High School and the coaching he received from the rest of the band programs world class staff has had an enormous impact on his education philosophy and teaching style.
In 2012 Cris was hired as the Director of Percussion at American Preparatory Academy in Draper, Utah. In 2014 Cris was accepted as a full time student in the Music Education program at the University of Utah. He is an active performer in their percussion studio and throughout The Salt Lake Valley. Cris lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Stephanie and daughter Olivia.
Charles Jensen - Charles began his teaching in the summer of 2012 in Colorado working with Fountain Fort Carson High School till 2015, Doherty High School from 2014-2016. During his time at Doherty he took the ensemble to RMPA State Indoor Finals where the ensemble took home silver all three years. In the summer of 2016 Charles moved to Salt Lake City where he began work with Alta High School being the percussion director of their marching program. Along with his work at Alta, Charles took a percussion aide position working with Bingham High School and two of its feeder programs; Elk Ridge Middle School and South Jordan Middle School. Currently Charles lives in Midvale UT with his wife Katie.
Zach Janis graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School in 2016, and is a sophomore at the University of Utah. Zach has been playing brass for 7 years, and percussion for 4. Zach has played in jazz bands, mariachi bands, drumlines, and concert bands/orchestras over the course of his musical career. In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Zach got the opportunity to march with the LAUSD All-City Marching band, representing the largest school district in the West at the Tournament of Roses Parade, in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Zach came to the University of Utah to study music education. He is a member of the Pride of Utah Marching Band, under Dr. Brian Sproul, and is an active member of the trumpet studio, under Dr. Seretta Hart and Dr. Peyton Sheldon in his freshman year. He also is an active member of the Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.
Mauricio Torres started as a Tech for Bingham High School Winter 2015. He marched at Kearns High School in 2008, Urban Expressions Independent A from 2009-2011, and Urban Expressions World from 2012-2014. He has taught at West High School & Riverton High School, and has been a Clinician all over the Utah Valley