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History of DCB Conductors

Current Conductor


Mr. Patrick Jensen (2014-Present)

Patrick Jensen has been an active musician in the Detroit area for most of his life. He attended Wayne State University for both his Undergraduate Degree (Music Education) and Master’s Degree (Conducting). While at Wayne State, Patrick played Trumpet in several ensembles and even was the musical director of the school’s Pep Band for a short time.

Outside of Wayne State, Patrick has performed and worked with many musical organizations in the area. These ensembles include the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, The Dearborn Symphony, and the Henry Ford College Big Band among others. Patrick also enjoys composing music for a variety of ensembles including Marching Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles, and even Rock Bands.

Currently, Patrick is teaching music classes at Henry Ford College. When he really wants to let his hair down Patrick also performs in a Frank Zappa tribute band that is featured at local music festivals.

Past Conductors


Mr. Martin L. Miles (2011 - 2014)

Martin came to the DCB in 2011 with over 30 years of experience as music director in public school programs in Michigan and Missouri. Martin received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from Michigan State University and has studied advanced conducting techniques with Gene Corporon and H. Robert Reynolds. Martin plays the saxophone, piano, and drums.

Mr. Jim Blough (2011 & 2014)

Jim has played and sung in big bands and small jazz groups across the United States. He has organized/conducted theater orchestras at the Village Theater in Canton, Michigan. Jim holds bachelor degrees from Carthage College, Kenosha Wisconsin, in Business and Political Science, with a minor in music.

Mr. Mike Begian (2004 - 2011)

Mike has served the DCB as an assistant conductor, percussionist, Master of Ceremonies, and vocal soloist. Mike is the Director of Music at Creative Montessori Academy in Southgate and he continues to perform with the United States Army Band and Chorus. Degrees held: Bachelor of Music, University of Michigan; Master of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins; Music Education, Wayne State University.

Mr. James Skura (1994 - 2010)

After retiring as band director in 1994 from Southgate Anderson High School, he became the director of the Downriver Community Band. Jim holds a degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University.

Mrs. Carol Phillips Marcus (1989 - 1994)

Carol was the founding music director of the Downriver Community Band. Carol holds a Bachelor's degree in education from Concordia University and a Master of Arts in music from Eastern Michigan University.