Mr. Greg VanStrien is beginning his 19th year as a music educator. His previous position was Director of Band at Morley Stanwood Community Schools. During his time he has helped the program grow considerably. Under his direction, the bands score strongly at district and state festivals earning superior 1st Division ratings on a consistent basis. The bands have also traveled to destinations including Toronto, Mackinac Music Clinic, Chicago and New York City.
Outside of his school district, he has arranged numerous pieces of music for several Michigan schools. He has also worked in drill design having produced shows for Michigan Schools since 1993. During his career, he has been recognized at the high school’s Hero’s Banquet five times. He takes great pride in working with students to help them be successful after their high school career. Mr. VanStrien has found a strength and a passion to help students that may have “fallen through the cracks” if not for their participation in band.
Mr. VanStrien is very active in MSBOA having served as VP of Solo Ensemble, Treasurer and four years as President of District 1. Currently, he is a member of the State Executive Board serving as Treasurer and Secretary. He has been a middle school solo ensemble festival host for numerous years and has performed the duties of site chair at the State Solo Ensemble in Manistee for the past five years. Mr. VanStrien also adjudicates Solo Ensemble Festival throughout the state. Mr. VanStrien was selected as MSBOA District 1 Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016. Mr. VanStrien was also nominated and selected to the prestigious American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in 2011.
In his free time, he enjoys working with and learning about new technology. He enjoys working in his home studio where he works on music composition, website design, photography, audio/video production and many other projects.
At home, Mr. VanStrien enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He has two children James (11) and Alanna (9) and has been married to his wife Amanda for 13 years. During the summer months, they enjoy camping and try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. He is also a coach for his daughter’s softball team. He enjoys a good game of golf regardless of his score and always takes the time to fit in a few baseball games during the summer.