Patrick J. Kearney is currently the Facilitator for Teacher Leadership in Johnston, Iowa. Previously he served for 15 years as the Director of Bands at Johnston High School. Mr. Kearney has been President of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and Co-Chair of the Iowa Jazz Championships. He is also currently Executive Director of the Adventureland Junior High Festival of Bands. Bands under his direction have performed at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, the Jazz Educators Network national conference, and won the Iowa Jazz Championships. In 2011 he was selected as Outstanding Educator for the Johnston Schools. Patrick’s wife Cathy teaches instrumental music in the Des Moines Schools and his son Brogan is studying music education at Drake University. The views expressed on this blog are my own and are not necessarily those of my employer or any organizations that I am affiliated with.