Chris Janowiak is in his tenth year of teaching and his first as Director of Bands at Ravenwood High School, part of the Williamson County School District in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Prior to his arrival at Ravenwood, Janowiak served as the Director of Bands at Antioch High School in Nashville, Tennessee. In just one year at Antioch, Mr. Janowiak grew the band program by nearly 65%. By the end of his tenure, the band had more than doubled in size making it the largest band program in Metro Nashville. In 2015, the marching band captured a “superior” rating at the prestigious “Contest of Champions”, the first such rating at that contest in the bands history. Janowiak’s tradition of superior ratings translated to concert season, as both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble earned superior ratings from every judge in every category at the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Performance Assessment. The Wind Ensemble earned additional honors as they were awarded the “Award of Distinction in Concert Performance” by the American School Band Director’s Association. Awarded to bands that achieve a perfect score both on stage and in sight reading, the Antioch Wind Ensemble earned the award twice (2016, 2018).
Before Antioch, Chris served as Associate Director of Bands at Mattawan Consolidated Schools in Mattawan, Michigan. Chris’ responsibilities included working with the sixth through twelfth grade concert bands and the 180 member Mattawan Marching Band. Under the direction of Mr. Janowiak and colleagues, Mr. Bill Boswell and Mr. Josh Garcia, the Mattawan Bands continued their tradition of excellence as one of the most decorated band programs in the state of Michigan in both the marching and concert idioms.
Chris is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. While at WMU, Chris was a member of the WMU drumline, a percussionist in the university concert band, a vocalist in the world-renowned Gold Company Vocal Jazz program, all while studying his primary instrument, the piano, with Lori Sims and Dr. Stephan Zegree.