Hello JMS Band Families! My name is Steve Mathews and I assist Mr. Jaime Canepa with the JMS band program. I am excited to be here at JMS but I am no stranger to CPS and going on my 34th year of teaching! Whew! Please check out my bio below:
Since 2006, Stephen C. Mathews has been a band instructor in Columbia Public Schools. Mr. Mathews is a native and former resident of California and prior to coming to Missouri, he taught for twenty-one years directing elementary through high school band programs in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the California State University, Stanislaus, and holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Washington.
During his tenure in California, Mr. Mathews' bands gained much recognition throughout the state and performed in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and Canada. His marching bands received many awards including sweepstakes. Mr. Mathews' concert bands consistently received "straight 1's" at festivals and his junior high and high school concert bands performed at the California Band Directors Association and the California Music Educators Association State Conferences.
Since coming to Missouri, Mr. Mathews served as the Rock Bridge High School Director of Bands from 2006 until 2018. During his tenure at Rock Bridge, the Wind Symphony consistently received the highest of ratings at State Contest and in 2010 and 2015, the Wind Symphony performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Conference. Also, the jazz program was extremely active with the Jazz Ensemble performing in 2013 at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Conference and the Jazz Education Network International Conference in Atlanta, George. When Mr. Mathews arrived in 2006, he began to bring in professional artists to perform at the district’s annual Jazz Night. Over the years, the CPS jazz bands have had the opportunity to perform with Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb, Plas Johnson, Mike Vax, Matt Harris, Roger Ingram, Tom Garling, and Mic Gillette. Under his supervision, the competitive marching band, Emerald Regiment, gained much recognition throughout the state and beyond with many recognitions and accolades.
After 12 years at Rock Bridge High School, Mr. Mathews requested to move over to teaching middle school band so he could spend more time with family and pursue other interests. Mr. Mathews is now instructing band primarily at Jefferson Middle School, teaching a music class in the spring semester at Douglass High School, and still assisting in the fall at Rock Bridge by directing the Fall Symphonic Band. He is excited about this change and working in different buildings.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Mathews has held officer positions for music education associations and has directed honor bands in California and Missouri. He has also been an administrator for the Columbia Public Schools summer music program. Currently, Mr. Mathews is an adjudicator for MSHSAA large ensemble and solo & ensemble contests and will be judging for jazz festivals in 2019. He is also beginning a new teaching position outside of CPS a couple of late afternoons each week as the band instructor at Columbia Christian Academy. As a saxophonist and pianist, Mr. Mathews also teaches private music lessons out of he and his wife’s home studio.
Mr. Mathews’ incredible family is his true source of support and encouragement. His fantastic wife of over 30 years, Janet, is also a wonderful musician and teaches music at Christian Chapel Academy. His son, Jason, is the Director of Youth at Compass Church and his wife, Chelsea, is in the final phase of becoming a veterinarian. Mr. Mathews’ son, Brian, works for Cintas and his fiancé, Haley, is pursuing a career in pediatrics (as a side note, Brian and Haley met in the Rock Bridge band and will be married on September 22, 2018). His daughter, Kerri, lives in Ensenada, Mexico and works for YWAM. Finally, his dog, Coy, of 9 years will do about half a dozen tricks but only if you have food in your hand.