Alfredo DeLeon is a Fairmont City (IL) native and graduate of Collinsville High School. Following graduation, Mr. DeLeon attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. After graduation, Mr. DeLeon worked with the Collinsville High School Marching Kahoks as a part of the Wind Staff. He was also a member of the beginning band staff for the O'Fallon District 90 Band Program and would later student teach at O'Fallon Township High School under Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds.
Prior to returning to Collinsville in 2021, Mr. DeLeon was an Assistant Band Director at Washington Middle and High Schools in Washington, Missouri. There, he co-taught the Washington High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, the Pride of Washington Marching Band, and was the director of the WHS Pep Band. Currently, Mr. DeLeon is the Director of Bands at Collinsville High School where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz Band.
Sophie Browning-Brodack is a clarinetist and music educator from St. Louis. She is currently the Woodwind Specialist and Assistant Director of Bands in the Clayton School District. Prior to Clayton, Mrs. Browning-Brodack served as a band director at All Saints Catholic School in Rossford, OH and in the Edwardsville School District in Edwardsville, IL. In addition to teaching, Sophie is active in music education research. Her research has been accepted for presentation at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, National Association for Music Education biennial conference, as well as published in the Journal for Music Teacher Education.
As a performer, Sophie performs frequently with ensembles around the St. Louis area and also enjoys working with living composers. She has premiered several works that have been accepted to festivals such as the New York City Electronic Music Festival. Sophie received her Bachelor's in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and her Master's in Clarinet Performance from Bowling Green State University.