Faculty & Staff

Freddy Martin

Ed Protzman

Conductor

Edward F. Protzman joined the Mason City Schools' music staff as Director of Bands in 2017. In this position, he coordinates the districts band program and directs multiple concert bands including the Mason High School Wind Symphony. Prior to joining the Mason music staff, he served as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas and as Director of Bands at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Protzman's groups have consistently received top ratings in OMEA, KMEA, and PMEA large and small group festivals. His bands and ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state music educator conferences in Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. In 2014, he was selected as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Grammy Foundation Music Teacher Award, and in 2016 he was voted teacher of the year at Blue Valley Southwest High School. His ensembles have performed across the United States and abroad including performances in Beijing, China by the Central Bucks School District Honors Wind Ensemble in the summer of 2008. In 2019 the Mason High School Wind Symphony will be performing at the Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Protzman has worked with groups across the United States and Canada. He is the founding music director of the Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble and the Doylestown Symphonic Winds. Mr. Protzman has been involved in several commissioning projects and consortiums including works by John Mackey, James Mobberley, Cait Nishimura, and Alex Thode.

Mr. Protzman's education includes a Bachelors Music in Music Education from Moravian College Bethlehem, PA, a Master's of Music in Wind Conducting Degree from West Chester University, West Chester, PA, and an Artist's Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American School Band Directors Association.

Dr. Benjamin Chamberlain

Dr. Benjamin Chamberlain

Assistant Conductor

Benjamin A. Chamberlain serves as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities in the School of Arts and Innovation at Xavier University. He directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, facilitates Instrumental Studio sessions, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He is an active member of the Xavier community, serving on Faculty Committee, advising for student organizations, and participating in the Doing Digital @ Xavier Faculty Learning Community.

Chamberlain earned the bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Minnesota, the master of music degree in conducting from Louisiana State University, and the doctor of musical arts in conducting from Northwestern University. His primary teachers were Dr. Mallory Thompson and Frank B. Wickes. In addition to university teaching, his public school teaching experience includes four years of service at Forest Lake High School and the ALC in Forest Lake, Minnesota, where he directed concert and jazz ensembles, chorus, and class guitar, and taught courses in music theory.

Chamberlain has appeared as conductor and clinician throughout the United States. From 2008-2010, Chamberlain taught conducting courses at the National High School Music Institute. He also served on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, appearing as a guest conductor with the New Horizons Band. In the spring of 2011, he conducted the West Point Band on the Great American Works program. Chamberlain's professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Chamberlain currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, two children, and an amicable golden retriever named Lady.