Rossi DiBenedetto is the Director of Bands for Mandeville High School. Prior to Mandeville, Mr. DiBenedetto received his master’s degree in Percussion Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University. While attending Southeastern, Mr. DiBenedetto was the graduate assistant. His duties included Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Basketball Band, Percussion Methods, and World Music. Prior to Southeastern, Mr. DiBenedetto taught instrumental music for four years in Ohio at Newark High School and Mount Gilead Schools. In Newark, Mr. DiBenedetto’s bands went to state in all areas and received a superior rating in the state marching band finals. Prior to Newark, Mr. DiBenedetto was the Band Director for Mount Gilead Schools and taught grades 6th-12th. While at Mount Gilead his marching and concert band programs reached the state level. The marching band won Best Overall and Grand Champion awards many times during those years.
Mr. DiBenedetto received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Akron. While at Akron, Mr. DiBenedetto was the percussion instructor for three “AA” bands in the area. All percussion sections won best percussion awards throughout these years.
Mr. DiBenedetto is in charge of the Mandeville High School Skipper Marching Band and Concert Programs. He also teaches Jazz Band and Percussion Class. Mr. DiBenedetto was selected by fellow teachers as the 2017-2018 Mandeville High Teacher of the Year.
A Northshore native, Justin Dardenne is a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. He is an Honors graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at Southeastern, Justin performed with various groups including the Southeastern Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartet, the Opera, and various other ensembles. He is a professional musician who plays in the Covington, Mandeville area. Justin student taught at Mandeville Junior High, taught at Carolyn Park Middle School and Lake Harbor Middle School, and currently teaches band at Lancaster Elementary.
Ben Reaux is a graduate of South Lafourche High School in his hometown of Galliano, Louisiana. He is currently in his student-teaching residency in fulfillment of his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Southeastern Louisiana University.
At Southeastern, Ben was a member of the SLU Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble (trumpet), Symphonic Band (saxophone), and Spirit of the Southland Marching Band. He served as the Drum Major for the marching band for two consecutive years, was the President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in 2017, and was a 2017-2018 Southeastern Orientation Leader.
During his senior year, he became the first member of Phi Mu Alpha’s Southeastern Chapter to be selected by audition to perform in the National Fraternity’s 1898 Jazz Orchestra. That same year, he was awarded the Christopher Patterson Memorial Scholarship from the Sinfonian Educational Foundation. Ben is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for Music Educators and the International Trumpet Guild.
Joshua Stearman is the Assistant Director of Bands at Mandeville High School. Prior to Mandeville, Mr. Stearman served as the Director of Bands at Delcambre High School teaching grades 6-12, where his marching band frequently earned Sweepstakes awards, and the Symphonic Band earned sweepstakes awards at the District and State Concert Assessments.
During his time at Mandeville, the Concert Winds has earned superior ratings on stage every year, and sweepstakes every year except one.
Mr. Stearman is a recipient of the Louisiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Young Music Educator award. Mr. Stearman earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University where he studied percussion under Brett Dietz and conducting under Dennis Llinás. Mr. Stearman is a graduate of Slidell High School, and has performed with the LSU Wind Ensemble, LSU Symphony Orchestra, Hamiruge: the LSU Percussion Group, the Acadian Wind Symphony, and the National Community Band. Mr. Stearman currently serves as Chairman of the District IX Band Directors Association.