Our Band Directors  

Mr. David Wyss          314-729-2400 ext. *1686

  • Director of Bands
  • Marching Band Director
  • Symphonic Band Director
  • Jazz Ensemble Director

David Wyss is the Director of Bands at Lindbergh High School.  His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Band, the “Spirit of St. Louis” Marching Band, and the Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, he assists with the Freshman Band and three sections of Sperreng and Truman Middle School Band. 

Mr. Wyss learned from many great mentors- Bob Spiegleman, Jeff Fuchs, Terry Martinez, Ken Drury, Alexander Pickard, Fred Hemke, Dale Lonis and Sterling Redfern.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000 and a Master of Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2009.  

The Lindbergh Band Program has a tradition of excellence dating all the way back to the 1970's under the direction of Lowell Bruner when they were known mainly for their outstanding symphonic program. In 1993, Bob Spiegelman began his 18 years as Director of Bands at LHS, where he catapulted the program into a balanced band program known for excellence in symphonic, jazz and marching band as well as attracting a large number of students to participate in band. Wyss started teaching in 2001 and came to LHS in 2006 mainly due to the appeal of teaching with his high school band director (Bob) and his brother, Brian, who is the Middle School Director of Bands. Wyss took over as Director of Bands in 2011. The Lindbergh Band Program continues to thrive due to the tireless effort, talent and care of a very dedicated staff- Brian Wyss, Dan Arana, Jeremy McMahon, Chelsea Silvermintz, Tim Linsenbardt, Alec Patton, Jamie Hutson, and Jillian Skouby.   

Mr. Wyss is a member of NAfME, MMEA, MOAJE, MBA and NEA. He is very grateful for the love and support of his family.  He resides in Fenton with his daughters, Emma and Avery.

Mr. Brian Wyss          314-729-2400 ext. *2359

  • Director of Middle School Bands
  • Sperreng/Truman Jazz Ensemble Director
  • Sperreng/Truman Jazz Band
  • Assistant Marching Band Director

Brian Wyss, Director of Bands at Sperreng and Truman Middle School, has been a member of Lindbergh Schools since 2000. Mr. Wyss directs grades 6-8 bands, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, and assists with the Lindbergh High School “Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band.” A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Mr. Wyss began his band experience under the instruction of Ken Drury at Jefferson Middle School and continued on to St. Charles West High School under the direction of Bob Spiegelman. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998, and his Master’s in Education Degree from Southwest Baptist University in 2002. Upon completion of his Music Education Degree, he began his teaching career at Fort Zumwalt North High School as the Assistant Director. Mr. Wyss is a member of Phi Beta Mu, JEN and NAfME.

Mr.Wyss lives is Saint Peters with his wife Jennifer and their two children Drew and Addie.

Mr. Dan Arana          314-729-2400 ext. *2154

  • Percussion Instructor, Sperreng and Truman
  • High School Drumline Instructor
  • Middle School Drumline Instructor

Dan Arana has been a full-time band director in Lindbergh since 2000. Mr. Arana is the percussion director for all middle school bands at Sperreng Middle School and Truman Middle School. In the summer and fall he directs the battery section of the LHS Drumline. In the winter and spring, he co-directs the Lindbergh Middle School Drumline with Mr. Tim Linsenbardt. Mr. Arana assists with the Middle School Summer Band where he works with the Advanced Band, the rhythm section of the Jazz Band, and the Beginning Percussion Class. Mr. Arana writes the battery percussion music for the LHS Marching Band. Previous to teaching in Lindbergh, Mr. Arana taught the drumline at St. Charles West High School from 1996 through 1999. During that time, he composed/arranged drumline music for several St. Louis area marching bands.

Mr. Arana performed with the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996 and 1997. He performed with several ensembles at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville while earning his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During his senior year, he won the SIUE Aria and Concerto Contest on marimba, which included solo appearances with the SIUE Orchestra. In 2007, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar. His most recent performances were with local rock band 3West, and the St. Louis Battering Rams Drumline. Mr. Arana is a member of Percussive Arts Society and NAfME.

Mr. Arana lives in Maryland Heights with his wife Karen, his son, Ethan, and daughter, Emily.

Mr. James Hutson 314-729-2400 ext. *2165

  • Assistant Marching Band Director
  • High School Color Guard Director
  • Middle School Winter Guard Director

Mr. Hutson has been teaching choirs in the St. Louis area since 1999. He enjoys the challenge of developing the adolescent voice, and the opportunity to impact the whole student through music. Jamie joined the Lindbergh team in 2006 as choir director for Sperreng Middle School, and Color Guard Instructor for the Lindbergh District.

Mr. Hutson received his Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University in Murray, KY. He has been active as a guest conductor, clinician, soloist, and adjudicator for choral, instrumental, and pageantry events in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois.

Along with the chorale program at Sperreng Middle School and Truman Middle School, Mr. Hutson serves as the instructor for the LHS Spirit of St. Louis Color Guard and Lindbergh Middle Schools Winter Guard.

Mr. Tim Linsenbardt     314-729-2400 ext. *1661

  • Assistant Marching Band Director
  • Drumline Instructor

Tim Linsenbardt is an assistant director of bands at Lindbergh High School.  He began his teaching career as the Director of Music for Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese Il in 2008 where he taught concert band, jazz band, marching band, general music and choir.  A graduate of Jefferson City High School, Linsenbardt was a student of Steve Eubanks, Mike Sestak, Gene Kirkham, Sean Abel, Kelly Leech and John Wilson.  He earned his BA in Music from Truman State studying under Dr. Michael Bump and Dan Peterson as well as his Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma studying under Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Michael Raiber and Brian Britt. 

At Lindbergh, Mr. Linsenbardt team teaches the Symphonic Band, Freshman Band and the 220-member "Spirit of St Louis Marching Band."  He also is the teacher of percussion ensembles, AP Music Theory and Music Technology.  He is a member of NAfME, MMEA and PAS.  He lives in South County with his wife Christy, their son Peter and their dog Crypto.

Mr. Jeremy McMahon 314-729-2400 ext. *2159

  • Assistant Marching Band
  • Jazz Band Director

Jeremy McMahon has been teaching in the Lindbergh School District since 2002-2003.  Jeremy received his bachelor degree in 1999 from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He received his Master’s Degree in 2008 from Missouri State University. Mr. McMahon is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the National Education Association.

Mr. McMahon is an assistant director at both Sperreng and Truman middle schools and Lindbergh High School. At the middle schools Mr. McMahon assists with 7th and 8th grade bands and is the flute instructor for the 6th grade band. At Lindbergh High School he assists with the marching band and directs the third jazz band.

Mr. Alec Patton          314-729-2400 ext. *1433

  • Assistant Marching Band Director
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Lab Director

Alec Patton joined the Lindbergh Band Staff at the start of the 2011 school year. Prior to that he was an Assistant Director at Rockwood South Middle School for three years. Mr. Patton teaches band at all three secondary schools in the Lindbergh School District. At Lindbergh High School Mr. Patton is an assistant with the Spirit of Saint Louis Marching Band, Director of the LHS Concert Band, Director of the LHS Jazz Lab, Director of the LHS Brass Choir, and instructs Music Technology I. He also assists with the Lindbergh Middle Schools as an instructor of 7th Grade Band and 6th Grade Trumpet.

Mr. Patton was a trumpet student at Missouri State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Music Education. During his time at MSU he was a Drum Major of The Pride of Missouri State University and performing member of the MSU Wind Ensemble and MSU Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Patton has also been a member of the St. Louis Brass Band, Gateway City Big Band, University City Summer Band, and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations are with Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, and Missouri Association for Jazz Education.

Like all band directors Mr. Patton has several colleagues and mentors in his life who have helped shape him into the person/teacher that he is today. He would like to thank the following individuals: Angie Albrecht, Dr. John Bell, David Bertman, Jared Brockmeyer, Jeff DiLallo, Ken Drury, Jeff Fiedler, Jerry Hoover, David Libby, Kent Lineberry, Terry Martinez, Jeff Patton, Dr. Grant Peters, Dr. Belva Prather, Bob Spiegelman, Mike Steep, and the current Lindbergh Band Staff. A special thank you goes out to his parents Mitchell Patton and Roe Ann Walker. He resides in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis with his lovely wife, Maria, and sons, Walker and Kai.

Mrs. Chelsea Silvermintz  314-729-2400 ext. *1683

  • Assistant Marching Band Director
  • Freshman Band Director

Chelsea Silvermintz has been a band director at Lindbergh since 2008. Prior to teaching in St. Louis, Mrs. Silvermintz worked as the assistant band director at McDowell Middle School in Hondo, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Mrs. Silvermintz has traveled the country as a performer with the Longhorn Marching Band, University of Texas Symphony Band, Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, and recently with the St. Louis Brass Band. She has participated in the Pasadena Rose Parade for four years: as a performer in 2005 and 2006, and as a director in 2011 and 2018. Mrs. Silvermintz is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association and the National Education Association. She has served on the board of the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association since 2016 and currently serves as President-Elect.

Mrs. Silvermintz teaches various band classes throughout the Lindbergh district. She serves as director of the Freshman Band and associate director of the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band and Concert Band. Mrs. Silvermintz teaches all beginning clarinet players in the district. At Truman Middle School, she also teaches 7th grade woodwinds and assists with 8th grade woodwinds. 

Ms. Jillian Skouby    314-729-2400 ext. *6038

  • Assistant Marching Band Director
  • High School Color Guard Director
  • High School Winter Guard Director

Miss Jillian Skouby joined us this year as a colorguard instructor and assistant marching band director. Miss Skouby is a Lindbergh Graduate and she is an alumni of the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band. She was a color guard member during her high school years. 

Miss Skouby joined the Lindbergh District as a teacher this year. She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Elementary Education in 2014. She now teaches 3rd Grade at Sappington Elementary.  

Though she teaches at the elementary level, Miss Skouby's passion for Color Guard has remained. She enjoys working with high school students and hopes to share her passion with the students.


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