Kiley Coyne has been the Director of Bands at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD since 2017. Previously, she was the Director of Bands and Elementary General Music/Instrumental teacher (K-12) in the Parker School District.
At Washington, Mrs. Coyne is responsible for the education and performance preparation of the Warrior Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Pep Band, Jazz II, as well as the Marching Color Guard and Winter Guard. Mrs. Coyne is also highly involved in the Freshman and Concert Band and Jazz I. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Dakota and also earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota with a major in music education. Her principal mentors included Dr. Jonathan Alvis, Dr. Holdhusen, and Dr. Rolf Olson.
During her time at the University of South Dakota, she earned a graduate teaching assistantship where she conducted the USD Symphonic Band and Concert Band, served as Drum Major and the Graduate Assistant Director for The SOUND of USD Marching Band. She conducted at the South Dakota Bandmaster's Association at South Dakota State University in 2015, and entertained the Director and Choreographer position for The Color of USD (color guard).
Mrs. Coyne grew up in Sioux Falls and is active in the Sioux Falls community by participating in the local and elite vocal group entitled "Transept," the Sioux Falls Municipal Band subbing on clarinet, and the Sioux Falls Cathedral Vespers' "Schola Cantorum." Additionally, she spends her summers directing and writing color guard choreography for several high schools in the area.
Mrs. Coyne is a member of the South Dakota Bandmaster's Association, National Association for Music Education, and the South Dakota Music Educator's Association. She brought the Washington High School band to perform at the South Dakota Bandmaster's Association Conference in 2020 and was awarded the Outstanding Young Music Educator's Award by SDMEA in 2019.
Mrs. Coyne loves coffee, going to Crossfit classes, doing yoga in her home, and walking her four poodles/doodles, Eloise, Amelia, Nikita, and Charlie. She lives in east Sioux Falls with her husband, Sean, and her two sons, Oliver and Leo.
Ben Harder is the Assistant Director of Bands at Washington High School and is responsible for the education and performance preparation of Concert Band, Jazz I and the Warrior Marching Band. In addition to instructing Beginner Guitar class, Mr. Harder is also highly involved in Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Pep Band, Jazz II and the Warrior Mariachi Band. Joining the program in 2017, Mr. Harder has been involved in music nearly his whole life. Originally from Hesston, Kansas, he began studying trombone and playing in band in middle school.
His passion for music and desire to educate lead him to Bethel College, where he completed degrees in trombone performance and music education. Following his student teaching, he won a graduate assistantship at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned a Masters in Jazz Studies Trombone Performance.
During his career, Mr. Harder has had the pleasure of studying and performing with fantastic mentors, teachers, and musicians including: Jim Pisano, Timothy Shade, Paul McKee, Leon Anderson, Bill Peterson, Jose Carrasco, Bob Mintzer, Victor Goines, and many others. He has had the pleasure of teaching students in Kansas, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Dakota.
Mr. Harder loves jazz and is passionate about sharing music with students and audiences wherever he goes. In addition to teaching, he loves the Kansas City Royals, cooking, long distance running, and disc golf. He lives in east Sioux Falls with his wife Susan, son and daughter, Roy and Evelyn respectively, and their two cats.
Warrior Marching Band Staff
Simon Keller, Sound & Woodwind
Sydnee Kurvink, High Brass Technician
Andrew Deaver, Low Brass Technician
Katie Laird, Low Brass Technician
Ashton Weston, Frontline Technician
Brett Kroeger, Drumline Technician
Andrew Ellis, Drumline Technician
Brooke Bigge, Drumline Technician
Kiley Coyne, Color Guard Choreographer/Technician
Nicholas Levisay, Student Leadership Coordinator