Dr. Jim Hile
Assistant Director of Bands
Director of the Panther Marching & Basketball Bands
For Ms. Allison Christian, color guard is more than a hobby: it is her life and passion. Ms. Christian serves as the PMB Color Guard Captain and Director of the new Eastern Illinois Independent A Winter Guard. Over the last 11 years, Ms. Christian has dedicated her life to the sport of the arts. She started my career in color guard performing at Mattoon High School. After graduating, she became the assistant coach for the Mattoon High school color guard, and a few years later, became the Head coach for the Mattoon Middle School Color Guard. In 2009-2010, Ms. Christian performer with the Vivace Independent A winter guard out of St. Louis,MO. She remain very involved with teaching and writing for various guards in the area, including Mattoon and Monticello, and her students have performed in DCI and WGI ensembles.
Originally from Kankakee, IL, Mr. Andy Baldwin is an alumni of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, receiving his Bachelor's degree in music education with a concentration in percussion. Andy has been teaching and arranging for marching band, percussion ensemble and competitive drumline for close to 10 years throughout the state of Illinois. Currently, Andy resides in Charleston, IL where he is currently the Director of Bands for the Shelbyville Middle School and High School in Shelbyville, IL, as well as the Drumline Instructor for the Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band.
Sarah Gorecki is a senior Music Education major from Elk Grove Village, IL. She specializes in clarinet and intends to continue her education by pursuing a graduate performance degree. Sarah has been a member of the EIU Panther Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Orchestra, as well as the Urbana Pops Orchestra in Urbana, IL. She is also a support staff member at Sangamon Valley High School in Niantic, IL, where she specializes in woodwind technique in the context of marching band. In addition, Sarah is a crew member at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston, IL and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.