Jesse Sacks
Director of Bands, West Bloomfield High School

It is with great excitement and pleasure that I introduce myself as the Director of Bands at West Bloomfield High School.

My name is Jesse Sacks. I grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and a concentration in trumpet. I am currently working toward my master’s degree in Music Education at Ithaca College in upstate New York.

I had the privilege to serve as the interim Director of Bands at West Bloomfield High School since February 2020 and will now continue in the role in an official capacity . Prior to my role at West Bloomfield High School, I worked as a general music teacher and high school band director at a school district near Ludington, Michigan. During my time in Ludington, I also served as an assistant coach for the Ludington High School boys’ junior varsity tennis team and played principal trumpet in the West Shore Community Band.

In my free time, I enjoy playing and coaching tennis, watching Michigan sports (Go Blue!), playing and listening to music, and juggling.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in music education. I think we will have a robust and exhilarating year of music performance, learning, and camaraderie in the band program, and I am honored to share the journey with all of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at jesse.sacks@wbsd.org with any questions or concerns.

Karl Stein
Director of Bands, Abbott Middle School

Mr. Karl Stein is the Director of Bands at Abbott Middle School.  Mr. Stein is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. While at EMU, he performed with the EMU Wind Symphony, University Choir, Jazz Choir, Euphonium-Tuba Choir, and Marching Band. During his time in the EMU Marching Band, he served three years as drum major and one year as equipment manager.

Mr. Stein performed in DCI with the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps of Lexington, Kentucky in 2004 on contrabass and in 2005 as drum major, earning the runner-up award for Drum Corps International’s Drum Major of the Year award for that year.  He also spent two years as a music instructor for the world championship finalist Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Stein comes to West Bloomfield after spending three years as Band Director at Gladewater Middle School and Assistant Director at Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas.  While in Texas, his ensembles received excellent ratings at concert and sightreading contest, and his students have qualified for all-region band each year at the middle school, and all-area band at the high school.

Mr. Stein has held professional affiliations with Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, the National Association of Military Marching Bands, the Texas Music Educators’ Association, the Texas Bandmasters’ Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association.  You can reach Mr. Stein at karl.stein@wbsd.org.

Shelly Freitag
Director of Bands, Orchard Lake Middle School