Mr. Samuel J Blair, Director of Bands, Choirs

Bethel-Tate High School

This will be Mr. Blair's first year working with the Bethel-Tate Music Program for band, choir, and general music courses. This is also Mr. Blair's first year as a teacher, having graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Music Education in May of 2019.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Blair attended Westerville South High School, where he participated in nearly every performance ensemble available. He continued that involvement in college as a member of the Ohio University Wind Symphony as principal euphonium, the jazz ensemble on bass trombone, and the Marching 110 as a tuba music section leader. He has also sang in choirs and performed in African Drumming Ensembles and Steel Pan Ensembles.

Mr. Paul Glader, Director of Bands, Choirs

Bethel-Tate Middle School

Prior to his appointment at Bethel-Tate Middle School, Paul Glader was a band director at Gray Middle School (Union, KY), Taylor High School (Cleves, OH), and the New Richmond Exempted Village School District. Mr. Glader has a bachelor’s of music degree in education from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a music educator, Mr. Glader’s students have found success in Ohio Music Educator Association (OMEA) competitions (District 14 Honors Band), Mid-States Band Association competitions (Taylor High School qualifying for Finals for the first time in school history while band director), and increased retention rates at every school he has taught at (75% increase in students moving on to New Richmond 7th grade band). He was also named “Teacher of the Year” in 2016 at Taylor High School. As an arranger and composer, he has written for beginning bands, high school bands, and collegiate bands in the region, as well as regularly writing for his own brass band, The Cincy Brass. He is an active performer on saxophone in The Cincy Brass, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Blue Water Kings, and also does freelance work. Mr. Glader is extremely excited to work with the chorus and band students at Bethel-Tate Middle School and to see where this program can go.