Stephen Mattson is the Assistant Band Director at Hillgrove High School. Prior to teaching at Hillgrove, Stephen was the Assistant Band Director at Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, WI, where he directed the top jazz ensemble and the second of four concert bands. He also co-directed the marching band and co-taught beginning band at Les Paul Middle School.
Stephen graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education and a minor in business. He later took additional graduate coursework at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with a focus on wind band conducting.
As a musician, Stephen is a clarinet and tuba player. He is currently a brass instructor with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and he marched with both the Blue Stars (2017) and Bluecoats (2018) Drum and Bugle Corps. He also performed with the Bluecoats in the 2019 Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong, as well as in the 2022 Bluecoats Alumni Corps.
Stephen has worked with several competitive high school marching bands, including serving as the Visual Coordinator for the Hilliard Bradley High School Marching Band (OH), and as a music instructor for the Homestead Spartan Alliance Band (IN), a six-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Outside of music education, Stephen is highly passionate about environmental sustainability. He currently serves as Business Development Associate for the Food for Climate League, a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to catalyze the development of healthy and sustainable food systems. He has also published a thesis related to pro-environmental behavior change and has been credentialed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys watching and playing sports, reading, biking, and engaging with his church community. He is very grateful for the opportunity to work with the fine students and staff at Hillgrove High School.