Graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. He teaches 6-12th grade band at Pellston MS/HS and also works with kids on literacy as the AmeriCorps member at Pellston Elementary.
Derek is an avid saxophonist. His special interests include: saxophone quartet, jazz band and marching band. He was born and raised in Montague, MI but he now resides in Alsanson. In his spare time Derek enjoys watching the Detroit Tigers as well as playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf.
Pellston Public Schools offers Band at both the high school and middle school levels. Marching Band is offered during football season and Pep Band is offered during basketball season. The Band regularly participates at MSBOA festivals. Students from Pellston also participate in Honors Band, as well as Solo and Ensemble festivals.