What we do best – our award-winning support of the youth of St. Louis for band and orchestra. This is our passion and what we enjoy the most. We’re the leader in lessons and have taught tens of thousands of students on just about every instrument imaginable. We’ve been around longer than most because we love what we do. We look forward to helping Directors and students develop a love that can last a lifetime – the love of music.
Parents love Mozingo Music because we’re dedicated to music education for children of all ages. From early elementary to high school students, we pride ourselves on having the best teachers, facilities, and instrument selection. Learning a musical instrument has a profound effect on school work, confidence, discipline, sports – and is a pursuit and passion that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Whether its rentals, step-ups, or school bids, we have the quality & playability your program needs. Your groups will sound better through our strategic plan to get more step-up and pro instruments into the program.
We offer the best value to parents & schools through strategic purchasing & wise investment in inventory. You don’t have to shop online or through catalogs to get the best value.
Not just a drop off & pick up service, our school representatives are there when you need us. We are willing to lend a hand & make your program all it can be.
Our free clinician program offers some of the best educators from our state & region, free of charge to help build your school’s program.* Our clinicians are provided as part of our mission to provide unparalleled, superior service to our directors, resulting in more time on the podium and bigger, better bands.
*Ask a School Service Representative for details
Our school representatives are responsible for providing the Mozingo difference to our band & orchestra directors. They make regular visits to the schools, working with music directors, & executing all levels of support & service.
DEPARTMENT: School Services
Jeremy has worked for Mozingo Music intermittently since he was in junior high. He has been handling school accounts, in St. Louis County, since 2006. After studying Music Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he toured the Middle East and Mediterranean, entertaining our military troops, and then toured the states, as a drum/guitar tech, for various local acts. He currently plays drums with the Super Majik Robots, one of the most interesting cover bands that you will ever see. He is addicted to golf and hockey and is trying to pass those addictions to his twins, Amanda and Landon.
Jeremy services the Rockwood District, Parkway District and surrounding West County area.
DEPARTMENT: School Services
Joe Weber graduated with a BME degree from Southeast Missouri State University and went on to tour with The Glenn Miller Orchestra for four years. While on the band, he recorded two CD’s, “Moonlight Serenade” and “Here We Go Again.” He has traveled worldwide and performed with celebrities such as, Red Skelton and Jerry Vale, and has also made a few TV appearances. After his tour with Glenn Miller, Joe has since performed with Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Warren Vache, Rene Marie, Scott Hamilton, Ann Hampton Calloway, Corey Christiansen, Harry Waters, Steve Lippia, Jim Widner, and Jim Manley. Joe’s drumming can also be heard on numerous Mel Bay Guitar Method books. Joe has been a member of the Mozingo Music family for over 20 years, which he has filled in a variety of positions. Now located in the O’Fallon store, Joe is the school road rep out in the St. Charles County area, servicing the Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell, St. Charles City, and Wentzville School Districts. Joe is available for scheduling clinics for jazz band drummers in the schools.
Joe services the Ft. Zumwalt District, Francis Howell District, Wentzville District and surround St. Charles/O’Fallon area.
School & Church Services Coordinator | Sales Manager
School & Church Services Coordinator | Sales Manager
DEPARTMENTS: School Services Church Services
LOCATIONS: Ellisville O'Fallon
Don Williams is our school and church services coordinator, responsible for providing the Mozingo difference to all our band directors and worship leaders. He works with all the service representatives in providing all levels of support and service to our school and church partners.
Don adds 30+ years of retail experience to the Mozingo Family. He’s held positions in all capacities, from sales and delivery to training and customer service.
He’s been playing music since learning drums in high school band. He also plays guitar and electric bass. Don enjoys playing bass locally at Morning Star Church and with his rock cover band Pull The Trigger.
Do I rent or buy my sons/daughters instrument? What if he/she doesn’t like it? Are there different sizes?
These are all very good questions to consider. It is generally a good idea to rent if the person playing is a beginner. This will give you the option of turning in the instrument if it is not needed. However, most rental instruments are of “student” level quality versus intermediate, professional or custom quality. With a student level quality instrument, it allows the player to produce a good sound without really having to know how to play the instrument. Depending on what instrument you are deciding on can also play a big part of the decision.
String Instruments: Generally, if you are choosing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or upright bass) it is suggested to rent. String instruments are available in several sizes and as the player grows a bigger size will be needed. Renting the instrument allows you to upgrade the size whereas if you purchased the instrument you would be responsible for selling it.
Brass/Woodwind Instruments: If you are choosing a brass or woodwind instrument, these are available in one size fits all. Purchasing one of these instruments is a good idea as long as you know the player will continue playing. If the player is unsure of the time commitment and will outgrow the instrument, renting is preferred. If totally unsure, come into Mozingo Music and see one of our experts.
All instruments are in good playable and working condition. All instruments go through complete reconditioning, set-up, and sterilization. Condition definitions are as follows:
Kurt was the Director of Bands in the Farmington School District from 1982 to 2012. A native of Union, Missouri he attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and graduated with the Bachelors of Music Education Degree in 1980. Kurt received the Masters of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville in 1982 where he was a graduate-teaching assistant in the School of Music with added emphasis on tuba performance.
While in Louisville, he performed in the Louisville Orchestra and with the Kentucky Arts Brass Quintet. At Farmington, he was responsible for the high school marching band, symphonic band, concert band, two jazz bands, and steel drum orchestra. The Farmington High School Symphonic Band, under his direction, annually received superior ratings at the MSHSAA Evaluative Music Festival. In addition, the band performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention in 1993 Kurt has been a staff member of the Summer Music Camps at Southeast Missouri State University. He was a staff member of the Missouri Ambassadors of Music European Tours of 1990-1996, and has been a presenter for in-service activities in the Farmington School District. He served as a chairperson for the school's North Central Evaluation and Missouri School Improvement Review, and has chaired similar evaluations on other campuses.
He has adjudicated in marching and concert band competitions as well as being named guest conductor for numerous band festivals and honor bands. Mr. Bauche has served as co-coordinator for marching bands at the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl at the Edward Jones Dome for the state high school football championships. Mr. Bauche is a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church where he is active in the Chancel Choir. He performs on trombone and tuba in various regional events.
Phil began his teaching career as vocal and instrumental teacher K-12 at Norwood R-1 in 1983. He was also the Band Director at Senath MO for 4 years before moving to the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County. He served first as Assistant Director of Bands and then Director of Bands at Lafayette High School for 11 years.
While at Lafayette, bands under Milligan's direction consistently received Superior ratings at the State Large Ensemble Festival and won numerous awards at marching band competitions and jazz band competitions throughout the Midwest. After 17 years as a music educator, Phil spent 12 years as a building administrator on the middle school level before retiring in 2012.
Joe has written over 300 compositions for various types of ensembles - from beginning bands to college wind ensembles. His is most known for his compositions for young bands and musicians. His works have been performed in the United States, Canada, China and throughout Europe.
Mr. Pappas actively serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest. After 27 years of successful teaching in public schools, he currently is the director of the Wind Ensemble at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. He devotes most of his time to composing and working as an educational consultant and publishing editor for his own company, JPM Music Publications, which he started in 1992. Joe is also the Midwest regional coordinator for Music In The Parks, Festival of Music and a coordinator/consultant for Six Flags Music Festivals
Donna taught instrumental music in the Rockwood School District for 28 years. Her last 16 years were spent as the Director of Bands at Rockwood Valley Middle School. Rockwood Valley Middle School was selected as the middle school band to perform at the 2006 state convention of the Missouri Music Educators’ Association.
Donna is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, earning her undergraduate degree in music education and a Master’s degree is elementary education. She was also the founder and director of the Midwest Auxiliary Camps and Clinics. This camp and clinic served the state of Missouri for over 21 years.
Donna has served as an adjudicator and clinician for festivals and camps throughout the state of Missouri. In 2008, she was guest conductor for the East Central District Junior High Honor Band and also the St. Louis Metro District 8 Middle School Honors Band in 2009. In 2011, she was guest conductor of the Francis Howell All District Middle School Band, and has served as guard instructor for the V.P. Honors Band and the Lions Band of Missouri. Honors and awards include, Outstanding Young Educator, Union Chamber of Commerce, Who’s Who Among College and University Students, and Rockwood Valley Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2001 after a thirty-year career as a high school band director. Thomas taught in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in Ladue, MO, and was the Band Director and Music Coordinator for the Kirkwood School District from 1985 until 2001.
Under his direction, the Ladue Symphonic Band performed at the MMEA convention in 1982 and the Kirkwood Symphonic Band received Honor I ratings at MSHSAA Festivals for 12 consecutive years and Gold Ratings at music festivals in Atlanta, Chicago and Nashville. He has held offices in the Missouri Music Educator’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and the St. Louis Suburban Music Educator’s Association, and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmaster’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001, he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the SLSMEA, and in 2004, received the Hall of Fame Award. Thomas also directs the University City Summer Band.
Dan graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a major in music theory. He received his Master of Music Degree and completed course work for a Ph.D. in conducting and performance practice at Washington University in St. Louis. He served for four years as solo trumpet player with the Air Force Band of Mid-America. As an active performer in the St. Louis area, he held the principal trumpet position with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years and performed with the Galant Ensemble, the orchestra for Opera Theater of Saint Louis, the Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis.
In 1972, Mr. Presgrave joined the music faculty of Washington University in St. Louis as band director. He immediately developed the wind ensemble program and the chamber winds program. In 1985 he was also appointed music director/conductor of the symphony orchestra and director of instrumental conducting. In addition to his duties at the university, Presgrave founded and became music director/conductor of the Mighty Mississippi Concert Band of St. Louis (1978-1998); The Adult Concert Band of St. Louis (1982-1998); and the Saint Louis Wind Symphony (1998-present). He also served for two years as interim orchestra director at University of Missouri-St. Louis (2010-2012), but retired from academia in 2012. He is currently director of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Discovery Church in St. Peters, MO. and author of The Value of Me, a pastoral counseling program found at www.meetpastordan.com.
James served as Director of Bands at Ladue High School and Ladue Middle School from 1987 until his retirement in 2011. His duties included conducting the high school Symphonic, Concert, Jazz, and Pep Band along with the Seventh, Eighth, and Jazz Bands at the middle school. In addition, Waechter also conducted the pit orchestra for the Spring Musical at the high school and served as department chair and music facilitator for the Ladue School District. During his tenure at Ladue, Waechter authored his own method book entitled, "Fundamental Band Techniques." The Ladue high School Symphonic Band, under his direction, has performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Convention in 1995, 1998, 2003, and 2007. In addition, the Ladue Middle School Concert Band has also performed for the Missouri Music Educators Association State Convention 1992, 1996, and 2001.
James has served as the music director/conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School Wind Ensemble, guest conductor for the St. Louis Metro District Honor Band, guest conductor/clinician of the University of Iowa Summer Music Camp, the Clinton County (IL) District Honor Band, and was the conductor for the Senior Concert and Junior Symphonic Band at the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp.