DCHS Band Directors
Jason Richins is in his 9th year teaching band. He is currently the Director of Bands at Dodge City High School and oversees the band program for USD443. Additionally, Mr. Richins is composer and director for the DCHS Drum Line and coordinates all percussion activities for the Dodge City Public School system. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2002, Mr. Richins completed a Master’s degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in percussion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. In 2009, he was awarded the SWKMEA Outstanding Middle School Music Teacher of the Year. Outside of the school day, Mr. Richins loves spending time with his wife, daughter and son, which usually consists of playing with Barbie Dolls or building Legos.
Jennifer Pacifico is one of our assistant band directors. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she and her husband Michael moved to Dodge City 5 years ago to begin their teaching careers. The 2013-2014 school year marks Mrs. Pacifico's 6th year of teaching, during which she continues as Director of Bands for Comanche Middle School. At DCHS, Mrs. Pacifico works with the DCHS Pride of Southwest Kansas, directs the DCHS Symphonic Band, monitors attendance, facilitates instrument repairs, tracks instrument inventory as well as many other responsibilities. When she is not at school she enjoys time with her husband and their two shih-tzus Henry and Hazel.
Michael Pacifico is in his 6th year of teaching band and K-5 Vocal Music. He is an Assistant Band Director at Dodge City High School, Director of the DCHS Jazz Band, 1-5th grade Music teacher at Soule Elementary, and the Director of the after school Soule Select Choir. Michael recently held positions at Dodge City Community College 2009-2012 as the adjunct brass instructor and at Ross Elementary School 2008-2012 as a Music Teacher. Michael attended Central Michigan University and earned his Bachelor in Music Education in 2008. He loves to perform jazz trombone and play in many different ensembles. Outside work, Michael likes to spend time with his wife and their two shih-tzus Henry and Hazel.
Hollyann Sewell is thrilled to be in her first year teaching band at Dodge City Middle School. In addition to teaching at DCMS she is an assistant with “The Pride of Southwest Kansas.” A native of Kansas, she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Leadership Studies Minor from Kansas State University. While at K-State she was actively involved in the Kansas State University Marching Band, Concert Band, the piano studio, NAfME-Collegiate, and Tau Beta Sigma. She held various leadership positions in the music department and was awarded The Baton award from Tau Beta Sigma for outstanding service to the sorority. When not at school she loves to read novels and spend time with her two cats, Gus and Percy.