Christian Pierce, Director of Bands

We would like to introduce our new band Director

Christian Pierce.

Mr. Pierce graduated from Lafayette High School 10 years ago where he played tenor sax and went on to be their drum major. He attended Truman State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Arts in Music.

(Honor's include Cum Laude, President's & Dean's List)

He began his education career at Lindbergh High School.  Before accepting the role of our Band Director, Christian was the Director of Bands at Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in the South Eastern suburb of Kansas City.

Christian oversaw all aspects of the middle school & elementary band programs and started a color guard and a jazz band! 

Kaylin Knost, Assistant Director of Bands

We would like to introduce our new Assistant Director of Bands Kaylin Knost.

Ms. Knost graduated from the Lindbergh School District in 2015. She went on to get her Bachelor's of Arts in Instrumental Music Education K-12 from Lindenwood University. She studied both flute with a classical emphasis and alto saxophone with a jazz emphasis. During her time at Lindenwood she graduated Cum Laude and was awarded the Lucette Stumberg Flanagan Award in Fine and Performing Arts given to one female in association to their excellence in musicianship. Ms. Knost has been an active educator in St. Louis for years. She began her teaching experiences between Lafayette High School and Rockwood Valley Middle School during her student teaching. Since then, she has taught within multiple school districts throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles regions. Her passion for teaching and music has now brought her to Marquette High School, where both of her parents also taught early in their careers. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to work within such a warm and welcoming environment! 

Jason Bergman, Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Bergman is a graduate of Parkway Central High School in 2001.  He earned his bachelor's degree from THE Missouri State University in Springfield, MO in 2007.  He earned his Masters Degree from Lindenwood University in 2015.  He worked with Francis Howell High School from 2007-2013.  While at Francis Howell, Mr. Bergman worked with the marching band and with the winter guard.  During the 2012 and 2013 winter seasons the Francis Howell Winter Guard was a WGI National Semi-Finalist, finishing 23 and 28 respectively.  In the fall of 2013 Mr. Bergman moved to the Rockwood School District working with Eureka High School from 2013-2020.  From 2014-2020, Mr. Bergman was the guard director, winning MCCGA in 2018 and finishing second in 2014.  In the fall of 2014, Mr. Bergman started at Crestview Middle School where he is still the assistant band director.  Mr. Bergman started working with the Mustang Band in the fall of 2017 part time and became a full time staff member in 2018. He is so excited to be working with the rest of the staff at Marquette and continue working with the amazing students in the Mustang Band. 

Mike Owens, Visual/Music Tech

Mike Owens has been involved with Marquette Bands since 2010 as an incoming freshman in the Marching Band. Mike is currently pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He began his first teaching roles in 2018 at Marquette and Timberland High Schools, after marching three years with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Mike maintains a private lesson studio, focusing on low brass pedagogy and jazz bass. Throughout his career, Mike has held principle tuba positions in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Washington University Symphonic Orchestra, St. Louis Brass Band, UMSL Wind Ensemble, and UMSL Symphonic Orchestra. He frequently teaches master classes on jazz bass pedagogy, and has worked with Jazz luminaries such as Gordon Goodwin, Sean Jones, John Pizzarelli, Blue Lou Marini, Gregg Bissonette, Eric Marienthal, and Wycliffe Gordon. Mike has performed at numerous jazz festivals including, but not limited to, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the Jazz La Vienne Festival in France, and the Nanjing International Jazz and World Music Festival in China. Mike continues to freelance regularly around the Midwest, performing with several ensembles and small groups.

Quincy Broadus, Battery Tech

Quincy graduated from Marquette High School in 2017 and went on to graduate from St. Louis Community College with an Associate in Arts in 2019. Quincy has also been apart of Freedom Percussion, a local WGI Percussion ensemble, since their 2016 season. He was apart of the ensemble when they initially made Open Class Finals that season and was promoted to section leader of the bass drums the season after. The ensemble earned an Open Class bronze medal in 2017 and was promoted to World Class by 2019. Quincy returned to the Marquette Marching Band program in fall of 2018 and is happy that he was been able to focus his energy with the battery in their 2019 season. He looks forward to working with the new directors and seeing the students learn and grow through music.

Katie Busby, Front Ensemble Tech

Katie is currently studying Music Performance at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. Although orchestral percussion is her main area of study she has also studied piano, West African percussion, and Cuban percussion. She has performed at a variety of events including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Mid Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy, the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, and has helped facilitate many percussion clinics in the Saint Louis area. She was a performing member of Freedom Percussion from 2013 to her age out in 2017 and has been a member of the front ensemble staff there ever since. She has also served as the front ensemble technician at a variety of high schools in the Saint Louis area

Heather Cochran, Head Guard Coach

Heather is a graduate of Marquette High School Class of 2011, and performed with MMMB all four years. Heather went on to graduate from Lindenwood University in 2015, where she studied Mass Communications with an Emphasis in Broadcast/Media Management, and a minor in Gender Studies. During her years at Lindenwood, she performed with and coached Lindenwood's Color Guard. Additionally, she performed with Avidity Independent of McKendree University in A Class and Open Class from 2012-2016. Being a part of her favorite WGI Team sticks with her as one of her ultimate dreams accomplished!

Heather returned to Marquette as a Technician for Guard in January 2013, and has worked since as the Assistant Coach to Melissa Wilson. This season, Heather will be taking over as the Head Coach for the Marquette Guard. One of her favorite memories was the years Marquette was able to participate in Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

She is excited to take on the new season in her new role, and continue the strong legacy of Marquette's Guard program. So many educators and students (new and old) have made this program great, and I hope to be a facilitator for fantastic progress to come!

Lucy Getts, Assistant Guard Coach

Lucy Getts is a Marquette alumni and was a part of the Winter and Color Guard program. After graduating high school in 2017, Lucy joined Avidity Independent, a Independent Open Winter Guard based in St. Louis, and spun there for two seasons. She has a large passion for guard and dance. Lucy is so excited to be working with a great group of kids. She loves watching growth and passion develop as the season moves along

Leah Cordiano-Siemens, Movement/Visual Tech

Mrs. Cordiano-Siemens (aka “Miss Leah”) has 46 years of dance experience, and over 41 years of teaching experience in various forms. Leah has extensive training in Classical Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. After moving to Wildwood, MO she began teaching dance again at the Wildwood YMCA, helping to create a year-round dance program for them for a couple years.  After which, she opened her dance studio in Wildwood for 11years. Leah has taught ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballroom (swing), jazz funk, Fosse Technique, and Pointe. She sold the studio to one of her employees in 2015, and continued teaching dance for 4 studios throughout the St. Louis area. The following year she continued her work with guard, winter guard and added marching band. Since then, she’s worked with Oakville HS, Seckman HS, Edmond Memorial HS, Fort Zumwalt East HS, ModulationZ (winter percussion), Fort Zumwalt South Winter Guard, and Marquette HS. If you’d like to learn more about “Miss Leah” you can go to her website: https://www.leahcordiano-siemens.com/