Need help choosing an Instrument?
You and your student are welcome to meet with Mr. Rye in Edmond or Mr. Haas in Lawton to try out the many different musical instruments that are available. Once your student chooses an instrument, you will be faced with several decisions: New? Used? Rent? Lease? Purchase?
After the student has decided on an instrument, we can be of assistance in finding the right instrument for your student at the right price. We recommend the purchase of a good used instrument instead of purchasing a new one and can usually obtain very good instruments at great prices.
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Under the direction of Tom Rye, we pride ourselves in achieving a high level of musicianship in all of our bands and orchestras where young people (and parents, too!) can develop and celebrate their God-given talents. Our band directors and instructors are experienced musicians who love the Lord and love sharing their passion for ministry through music with our students.
Tom Rye, OHB Director
Mr. Tom Rye has been involved in instrumental music most of his life. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of History degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. With 21 years' experience in public school band programs, Mr. Rye has worked in every facet of this arena, 5th grade through high school, and has personally participated in a number of university, professional, and church orchestra programs. He is also a charter member of the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony. Mr. Rye has five grown children (three of whom have home schooled their children) as well as 19 grandchildren. He loves working with students and watching them grow in their God-given musical abilities.
Address: 1705 Kings Road Edmond, OK 73013
Location: OKC Stage Band, Discovery Jazz, Enid
Ben Fast, Band Director
Mr. Fast is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree. He also earned a Master of Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mr. Fast has taught in the public schools for 28 years: four years in Bethany, and 24 years in the Putnam City District. He has 4 grown children and plays in the orchestra at Bethany First Nazarene Church. In addition to teaching band, Mr. Fast refurbishes instruments and makes those available to homeschool band students at reasonable prices. He is in his 9th year of teaching homeschool bands.
Cell: (405) 314-9057
Address: 8400 NW 66th St., OKC, OK 73132
Locations: OKC, Shawnee Band, Midwest City
Aaron Paul Boyd, Band Director
Aaron Paul Boyd is a successful musician of many talents. At age thirty, he continues to work diligently to inspire those around him through his love for the arts and persistent work ethic. Mr. Boyd graduated from The Victoria College in Victoria, TX with an Associates of Arts degree in 2010 and began his company, APB Productions, where he works as a music instructor, teaching guitar, piano, and drums. In 2010 he became a licensed minister and was ordained as a youth pastor in 2013 - furthering his work with youth and young adults in the form of Music Ministry. In August 2015, Mr. Boyd was hired on as the Junior High band director for Our Lady Victory and Nazareth Academy. He also now serves as the Associate Pastor for Living Word Community of Faith Victoria. Mr. Boyd finds immense joy and fulfillment in changing hearts and reaching others through music, and he continues to chase his dreams by utilizing his many talents and hopes to broaden his influence in the years to come.
Phone: (361) 834-8545
Location: Victoria (TX)
Joel and Susan Haas, Band Directors
Joel and Susan Haas have over 70 years in band teaching experience and each has a Bachelor and a Master degree in Music from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Joel is active in the Music Ministry at Cameron Baptist Church playing piano, keyboard, trumpet and conducting the orchestra. He also is the pianist for the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony.
Susan is active in the Music Ministry of Cameron Baptist Church playing clarinet and alto saxophone in the orchestra. She also performs with the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joel Cell: (580)585-3013
Susan Cell: (580)591-3822
Address: 7203 NW Hunter Lawton, OK 73505
Locations: Altus, Lawton, Wichita Falls(TX)
Kenneth Baird, Band and string Director
Mr. Baird joined the teaching staff of OHB in the fall semester of 2015, bringing with him over 30 years of experience teaching beginning band and strings through college wind ensemble and orchestra. Previous to joining OHB, he held teaching positions with Tulsa Public Schools, Inola Public Schools, and Oral Roberts University. Additionally, Mr. Baird is a composer of concert and solo/ensemble music for wind, string, and keyboard performers, with a special emphasis on music for young performers. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Performance (trumpet) degrees from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Science in Fine and Performing Arts from Southern Oregon State University (the American Band College program). A performer on trumpet in a variety of genres, he has written several books of studies for that instrument. Mr. Baird and his wife also lead an outreach ministry, Isaiah 42:12 Outreach, for the purpose of equipping the underprivileged for praise and worship. The website for that ministry is www.is4212outreach.com.
Locations: Bixby/Broken Arrow, Owasso, Tulsa/Jenks
Laurie Blomgren,Band and String Director
Mrs. Blomgren studied music at Wayland Baptist University and plays clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. She has been an active participant of the Homeschool Band program for ten years. Laurie is a member of both the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony and her church orchestra at First Baptist Church, Ardmore. She is also part of her local community theater orchestra and Ardmore Community Band. All three of her children have been members of the homeschool band program, learning various instruments, and making life-time friends in the process.
Locations: Ardmore, Denton, Gainesville/Valley View(TX), Sherman(TX)
Susan WeldeN, Band and String Director; Executive Adminstrator
Susan Welden began her music education studies at the University of Oklahoma then received her music degree from Valley City State University in North Dakota. Her primary instruments are the clarinet, saxophone, and highland bagpipes. Susan is passionate about music education and desires to develop a lifelong love of music in her students. She, with her husband and three children, joined Oklahoma Home School Bands in 2011 and considers those in the organization to be family.
Location: Edmond, Norman, Shawnee Strings, Wellston, Marching Band, and co-founder of the Thomas M Rye Sr. Music Camp.
Michael Farmer, Band Director
Mr. Farmer is the Choir Director at West Middle School in Ponca City. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas Christian University and a Masters of Music Education from the University of North Texas. He taught Band and Choir in Texas for 32 years and also served as Choir Director for three different Methodist Churches for 11 of those years.He has taught all levels and all ages of Instrumental and Vocal music, including General Music, AP (Advanced Placement) Music Theory, Pre-Band Recorder class, Beginning Band, Middle School Band, High School Band, Marching and Concert Band, Jazz Band, Middle School and High School Choir, and Church Choir. He has also worked successfully with instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles. Mr. Farmer is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicator's Association and have served on judging panels in Texas for UIL Concert and Sight Reading contests and Solo/Ensemble Contests. He has also judged at the Oklahoma OSSAA Solo/Ensemble contest.
Phone: (972) 977-0256
Location: Ponca City
Denise Kenna, Band and String Director
Denise McClurg Kenna has more than 38 years of public and private school teaching experience in all phases of instrumental and vocal music education in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas and her Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Her bands, choirs, and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at contests, and she was awarded the OMEA Exemplary String Teacher Award in 2015. Mrs. Kenna loves to play electric/upright bass and piano at Sunnybrook Christian Church, and upright bass in the Stillwater Community Orchestra.
Phone: (405) 747-0123
Location: Stillwater, OKC
Melinda Shaffer,Primary Music Program Director, Early Childhood Instructor
Melinda Shaffer studied early childhood education at Longview College & is a trained Montessori teacher. She is a homeschool mom of three, one of which has graduated. All three of her children are members of Oklahoma Homeschool Band & Strings. She is also the Instrumental Ensemble Coach at Christ’s Legacy Church. She plays flute, and piano & has a passion for teaching our youngest students music.
Location: Early Childhood Music
Laura lamb, Early Childhood Instructor
My love of music began in church as a young child singing in choir and performing in plays. I also took piano lessons for a few years then played the flute in Mr. Rye’s first homeschool band. I have a degree in Music with an emphasis in Vocals from The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. I currently homeschool 3 of my 4 children. My oldest is in public school and plays the tuba. My other three are enrolled in the Homeschool Band playing trombone and trumpet and one is currently in preschool music. Music has been a huge part of my life and I wish for children to see the joy that music can bring in their own lives.
Ashley Gibson, Early Childhood Instructor
Mrs. Gibson began her formal music studies in middle school with trumpet and piano, and went on to study vocal and piano performance at Grayson College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She spent the following years performing locally until starting her family. Now, as a homeschool mom, she is sharing her love of music with our youngest students through play and fun.