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Patrick Vandehey

Patrick Vandehey is Director of Bands at Portland State University. Prior to taking the position at PSU he taught 23 years in the Beaverton School District, 14 years at Aloha High School and 9 years at Westview High School. Most recently, he was the Director of Bands at George Fox University. Mr. Vandehey received his Bachelors of Art and Bachelors of Music from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Teaching Music at Portland State University.

Mr. Vandehey is a Past-President of the Oregon Band Directors Association and serves on the Adjudication Training Board of OBDA. He served for two years as the Band Liaison to the Oregon Schools Activity Association. He has served twice on the Oregon Music Education Association’s Board as Band Chair served on the OMEA Executive board as President in 2005-2006.

In 1993 Mr. Vandehey was the State, Regional and National recipient of the ASBDA- Stanbury Award for Outstanding Young Band Director. In 2000 he was inducted into the Band World Legion of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Also in 2000, he was named one of Oregon’s top ten Music Educators by the Oregon Music Educators Association in the Teaching Music Magazine. In 2002 Mr. Vandehey received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. He is a founding member of the Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and in 2006 was inducted into the Northwest Bandmaster’s Association. Mr. Vandehey was named Oregon’s Outstanding Music Educator in 2010 by OMEA.

Mr. Vandehey began his career at Aloha High School and from 1980 to 1994 built an award-winning program in concert, jazz and marching band. Aloha High School placed in the top three at the Oregon State Band Championships from 1990 to 1994 placing 1st in 1992. He moved to Westview High School when it opened in 1994. Since Westview’s opening, all aspects of the band program have excelled. The Westview Symphonic Band qualified for the State Band Championships each year of its existence and placed in the top three in the last six years of Mr. Vandehey’s tenure there, winning in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The Band program at George Fox University has shown significant growth since Mr. Vandehey took over in 2003. In 2007, George Fox was one of three Universities selected to perform at the MENC Northwest Convention. In 2008 the George Fox Symphonic Band was featured at the Oregon Music Educators Association conference. In 2009 the George Fox University Symphonic Band was again a featured group at the MENC Northwest Convention. In 2010 the Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Vandehey is the coordinator of Music Education at George Fox. Through the development of a comprehensive Music Education program, the number of music education majors has grown from five in 2003 to 30 in 2010. Because of his work with the Music Education Curriculum, Mr. Vandehey was invited to be a presenter at the Society of Music Teacher Education at North Carolina University in 2007.

Mr. Vandehey is married to Kristin, his wife of 36 years and has two daughters, both of whom are educators.

Director of Bands, Portland State University