John Hoover is our Principal Conductor. John received his music degrees from the University of Louisville. He taught instrumental music in the Jefferson County School system in Louisville, Kentucky for 27 years, working with all ages of students from elementary school to high school. John also held the position of Director of Bands for four years at the University of Louisville and was the Bandmaster of the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard for 25 years. Before leaving Louisville John directed River Cities Community Band, a position he held for nine years. John played the French horn professionally for the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra for several years, and up until recently has been playing in several groups here in the Tampa Bay area. John is married to Sandy and has two sons.
Seraphime Mike is our Assistant Conductor. Seraphime spent 37 years, his entire career, in the Roseville Community Schools (Michigan) teaching at all levels of instrumental music. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit and received his B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Music Administration. He chaired the Macomb County Band Directors Association as well as served as Chairman of Solo/Ensemble and Band and Orchestra Festivals. He was inducted into the prestigious American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) and a few years later was recognized as one of the ten best directors in the nation. In 1971, his Roseville Band was selected to represent the USA in the first International Band Festival in Vienna, Austria. In 1984 Seraphime was selected by his colleagues for Teacher of the Year (Michigan). He has adjudicated solo and ensemble festivals and band and orchestra festivals at the District and State levels. His major instrument is clarinet. He is married to Adela and has two sons--Henry is teaching English in China and Robert is an ER physician at Memorial Hospital in Tampa.