CJ Welcomes Emma Fitzpatrick as Band Director

Whether she is performing, teaching or directing, Emma Fitzpatrick’s passion for music is apparent.

That unmistakable enthusiasm is one of the many reasons Fitzpatrick was recently selected as the new Chaminade Julienne Eagle Pride marching band director.

“As a recent University of Dayton graduate she brings the Flyer spirit and energy with her to inspire our Eagles,” said Debi Schutt, CJ director of performing arts. “She has a strong sense of mission and vision for our Eagle Pride marching band and I am excited to see her excel as our new director.”

Fitzpatrick graduated from Beavercreek High School where she performed with the Beavers’ marching band, jazz band, pep band and was a member of the pit orchestra. She went on to earn a degree in music education with an instrumental concentration from the University of Dayton. She garnered multiple awards as a Flyer including the Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution for University Concert Bands and the Brother Tom Ridder, S.M. Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service by a Student Majoring in Music.

When the position became available at CJ – after the previous director decided to pursue graduate studies and performance opportunities – Fitzpatrick knew she had to apply.

“The friendly and hardworking community that the staff and students create makes CJ a place where you would want to work,” she said. “I am looking forward to getting to know everyone through making music and creating lifelong memories together.”

The new Eagle Pride marching band director brings with her a wealth of experience working with local marching bands in a variety of roles and already has several goals for the upcoming school year.

“Our Eagle Pride staff and student leadership team have created a vision statement that we are going to use to guide us this year,” Fitzpatrick said. “Some of our goals include collaborating with our student section and cheerleaders, working towards memorizing more of our music, and incorporating more visuals into our show. I am excited to see our marching season take off and cannot wait to see what successes the students will find.”

June 30, 2020