The Band consists of over 200 musicians, bagpipers, dancers, and color guard. The Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band operates under the direction of Mr. Andy Dubbert, Director of Bands. In conjunction with the Associate Directors, Mr. Norm Vagn and Mr. Chuck Evans, countless hours are spent working as a team to direct, instruct, and train the band. Additional assistance is obtained by: Mr. Kevin Wiegand, instructor of the bagpipers; Ms. Alison Dietz, instructor of the dancers; and Ms. Kayla Cavanaugh, instructor of the color guard is instructed. At the center of this fantastic group of leaders is Mrs. Farmer, Administrative Assistant for the Music Department.
The Kilties are active community performers and consistently earn "Superior" ratings at the Music Performance Assessment. Since 1958, the Kiltie Band has earned consecutive overall Superior ratings in the Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching MPA.
Mr. Andy Dubbert, Director of Bands
Mr. Andy Dubbert has been the Director of Bands at RHS since August, 2017. Mr. Dubbert received his Bachelors degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee. While attending FSU, he performed in various ensembles including: the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, University Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jazz 1. He also served as Head Drum Major of the Marching Chiefs in 2011.
Mr. Dubbert completed his student teaching/internship at Riverview High School with former Director of Bands, Mark Spreen. He started his teaching career at Tavares High School in Lake County, where he served as Director of Bands teaching two Jazz Bands, the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, and The Big Red Marching Band. Mr. Dubbert was the THS Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2016 and taught at THS for a duration of 4 years.
Mr. Dubbert’s professional affiliations include: Kappa Kappa Psi, Florida Music Education Association, and the Florida Band Masters Association. He is a proud product of FBA’s District 11 as a graduate of Port Charlotte High School. He is very thankful for his continued mentorship from the former RHS Director of Bands, Mark Spreen, and continued tutelage from Port Charlotte High School Director of Bands, Jose Lopez, and various Faculty at FSU ~ notably Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. David Plack, members of FMEA and FBA, and cordial recognition to FBA District 19.
Mr. Norm Vagn, Assistant Band Director
Mr. Vagn was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. He played bass trombone in the NIU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ron Modell. He received his Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Vagn taught for 10 years in McHenry County, which is an hour west of Chicago. In additional to being an integral instructor of the Kiltie Band, he also teaches the following at Riverview High School: orchestra, jazz ensemble, AP and Regular Music Theory, and IB Music. Mr. Vagn is a member of FBA and FOA (having served as District 11 Chair). He has been involved in church music for a long time and is currently the Director of Worship Music at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Sarasota.
Mr. Evans began teaching physics at Riverview High School in 1998 and also assumed the role of the Highlander Drum Corps arranger and percussion director. In addition to teaching Instrumental Techniques I - IV, he also teaches AP Physics with calculus and honors physics, serves as the Science Curriculum Coordinator, and creates the school’s master schedule each year.
Mr. Evans is a 1995 graduate of Florida State University, where he majored in Math and Interdisciplinary Science Education, minored in English, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree. While at Florida State, he served as the percussion arranger and section leader for "Big 8", the Marching Chiefs' drum line, and was a member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Tallahassee Winds. In June of 2003, he received his Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University and returned to NSU in 2009 to complete coursework for his Educational Leadership certification.
Mr. Evans is also an alumni member and past officer of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Music Fraternity, is a former member of the Sarasota Pops, and a former member / principal player of the Sarasota Concert Band. He is currently a member of and an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters' Association, and a member of the Florida Music Educator's Association. Finally.
Mr. Evans was selected as the RHS Teacher of the year in 2003 – 2004, and 2009 – 2010 and was recently honored as the Sarasota County’s 2009 – 2010 District Teacher of the Year.
Music Department Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Kate Farmer
Mrs. Farmer has been the Administrative Assistant to the Music Department for countless years. She continues to be an integral part of the Kiltie team. She is the proud parent of two of RHS Science teachers, Mr. Jason Mocherman and Mr. Joshua Mocherman.
Mr. Wiegand was born and raised in Sarasota, is a graduate of Riverview High School, and a former Kiltie. He started playing the bagpipes when he was 13 years old. As you can see from his RHS yearbook pictures, he has been a dedicated piper for a very long time. He was in the Kiltie band and part of the Pipe and Drum Corps all four years of high school. He was the Pipe Major in his junior and senior years. During his junior year of high school, he was the "Piper of the Year".
He is a professionally ranked bagpiper and has competed all over the Eastern United States, Canada, and Scotland. In the 2004 season, he played with the Grade One pipe band, City of Washington. Presently, he pipes with the Dunedin Pipe Band in Dunedin, Florida. Their band participates in competitions throughout the world. In 2016, their band was the Grade 2 North American Champions.
Mr. Wiegand instructs the bagpipers at both Riverview High School (since 2008) and at Sarasota Military Academy. He works full-time as a local real estate agent. He and his wife are raising their two children (son and daughter) in Sarasota.
Highland Dancer Instructor
Ms. Dietz began her association with the RHS Kiltie Band when she participated as a Kiltie during high school. She started in the Kiltie Band as a Color Guard in her sophomore year; in her junior and senior years of high school, she was a Highland Dancer. During her senior year, she was the Principal Dancer. The photograph on the left was taken during a game in 1981 as she performed. After graduation from Riverview High School, she received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville; she majored in psychology and minored in dance.
Ms. Dietz began modeling and acting after graduation. She then worked for the local ABC news station as a producer and a reporter. In January, 1995, while still working for ABC, she starting working with the Highland Dancers as their instructor.
Ms. Dietz has been married to Mr. Richard Ross since 1993, and they live in Sarasota with their two daughters.
Color Guard Instructor
Kayla Cavanaugh was born and raised in Sarasota. She is an alumnus of Riverview High School, graduating in 2013; additionally, she is a former member of the one and only RHS Kiltie Band. She was a member of the Kiltie Color Guard from her sophomore year through senior year. During her senior year, she was the captain of the color guard. She led the color guard to superior ratings at their outdoor assessment, indoor district competition, and indoor state competition. This experience in a leadership position helped shape her into the teacher she is today.
Ms. Cavanaugh's music background began at the age of five when she began dancing. This is her 18th year of dance, studying and competing in different genres such as tap, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, and ballet. From elementary through high school, she was also a part of each choir program. Along with being a Kiltie, one of her best high school experiences was becoming a member of the Riverview High School Chamber Choir her senior year. She was also in charge of creating choreography for their spring concert throughout her four years with the high school program.
In December, 2017, Ms. Cavanaugh will be graduating from State College of Florida with an Associate in Arts. In the spring, she will be transferring to USF Sarasota/Manatee to obtain her Bachelors in Education with a goal of becoming a Kindergarten teacher. Currently, Ms. Cavanaugh is very invested in the teaching world. Outside of teaching the Kiltie Color Guard and her studies, she is a preschool teacher at Sarasota Preschool. This is her second year teaching in the older two-year-old program. Also, she is on her eighth year of teaching dance in both an after-school program and a studio setting.
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