Mansfield High School Band Director
Here’s a familiar story, Matt McGuire grew up in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield High School where he played percussion under Director Peter Conti. This Spring, Matt took over the position of High School Band Director for the retiring Peter Conti. Congratulations Matt! More to come…
Matt McGuire has been active as an educator in the marching and concert percussion activity for more than ten years. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007 where he studied percussion with Mike Mangini, Ed Saindon, Richard Flanagan, and Nancy Zeltsman. While at Berklee, Matt also studied music education, arranging, and composition. He performed with many of Berklee’s prestigious ensembles as well as with his own bands and quartets performing professionally in the Boston area.
He served as the assistant band director, percussion director, and percussion arranger for the award winning Bishop Feehan High School Marching Band and indoor percussion program from 2006-2010, and he is currently the percussion director, arranger, and is on the show design team at Bishop Feehan. In 2006 Matt was on the percussion staff for The East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps. That year they took the Silver Medal at DCI World Championships and Won the High Percussion Award for Division II. In 2008 Matt was on percussion staff with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, who won the Open Class Bronze Medal at DCI World Championships. Most recently, Matt was the front ensemble arranger and lead technician for the Citations Drum and Bugle Corps, helping to capture the DCI Open Class Bronze Medal in 2009.
In 2002, Matt started teaching the concert percussion ensemble at Mansfield High School. Since then he has taken on the role of Percussion Ensemble Director and Arranger. In 2007 the ensemble won their first WGI Concert Open Class World Championship and in 2008 the ensemble received a near perfect score in NESBA capturing their first ever NESBA indoor percussion championship, and for a second year in a row won WGI’s concert open class world championship, also setting a scoring record, which until recently was the highest score ever achieved in WGI Indoor Percussion. In 2012, Matt led the percussion ensemble to a finalist berth in the Scholastic Marching A Class and in the same year led the Indoor Concert Ensemble to a Silver Medal in WGI’s Concert Open Class, making Mansfield one of the few groups in WGI history to have two groups in finals in the same year.
In 2007, Matt took over as band director and choir director for Qualters Middle School in Mansfield Ma, and after one year in that position he moved into a role in the performing arts department at Mansfield High School. While in Mansfield, in addition to directing the percussion program, Matt has also conducted award winning Middle School Wind Ensemble and, more recently, the award winning High School Wind Ensemble. Matt annually conducts the spring musical, which has included Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of Penzance, Once on this Island, Into the Woods, and West Side Story. Matt is a highly sought after arranger for numerous high school bands and percussion programs across the country and has adjudicated in Connecticut’s MAC Marching Band Circuit. Matt is proudly a member of the Vic Firth Education Program.
Qualters Middle School Band Teacher
MHS Percussion Ensemble Technician
Ms. Sklar started playing percussion in the 4th grade. As a member of her high school band and outside select ensembles around the NYC area, she has performed in prestigious venues across the New York area, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fischer Halls, and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Sklar received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College where she studied under world renowned marimba player and composer, Gordon Stout. Ms. Sklar is currently finishing up her Masters in Music Education from Rhode Island College.
Ms. Sklar is entering her seventh year teaching, and her sixth year teaching in Mansfield. Ms. Sklar thanks the Mansfield Band Parents for their support for both the percussion ensemble and the QMS band program!
Mansfield High School Winter Guard Director & Designer
Michael Lombo, the Director of the Mansfield Guard program, has been teaching guard for over 20 years and is in his 3rd year with Mansfield. His pride and passion for color guard comes through in the respect he has for the kids he teaches. Having worked with many local area high schools (Mansfield, Norwood, King Philip, Dedham and Everett to name a few) in both marching band and winter guard capacities, as well as award-winning, nationally-recognized independent groups like St. Ann’s Color Guard and Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, Michael reveals his dedication to the activity as a whole.
“There is truly nothing like putting all you have into a performance surrounded by some of the best friends you will ever have! If you like to dance, we’ve got dance and equipment spinning and long lasting friendships! You won’t be disappointed!” – Michael
Mansfield High School Band Director, Retired. Pete, thanks for everything you’ve done to make the music program a success. You will be missed!
Peter Conti grew up in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield High School where he played trumpet under director James Gallow.