Director of Bands
Mr. Moyer has served as Director of Bands at Fort Zumwalt West High School since 2013. During his tenure as Director of Bands the program has grown exponentially and has quickly become one of the finest band programs in the area. Before coming to Fort Zumwalt West, Mr. Moyer held appointments as the Director of Bands for the Brentwood School District, Band Director for the Riverview Gardens School District, and Adjunct Professor positions of both jazz and trumpet with Webster University and Saint Charles Community College. Mr. Moyer has served in the United States Army and Army National Guard since 1997 and has performed all over the world as a trumpet player with both Active Duty and National Guard Bands. He is currently a Warrant Officer serving in the Missouri Army National Guard as Commander of the 135th United States Army Band. He is active as a performer and clinician and has released two full length albums under his own name as well as has an extensive discography as a sideman. Mr. Moyer is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High School and holds the following degrees:
B.A. Music Education -Lindenwood University
B.M. Music Performance (Trumpet)-Lindenwood University
M.M. Jazz Performance-Webster University
Ed.S Educational Administration-Lindenwood University
He currently resides in O'Fallon, MO with his wife Maria, daughters Lily and Avery, and puppy named Rainy.
Assistant Band Director/Woodwinds
Mr. Shanker joined the team at Fort Zumwalt West in 2018. He is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High School, as well as Webster University (Jazz Performance) and UMSL (Education). Before joining the faculty at West High School, Mr. Shanker taught elementary music in the Fort Zumwalt School District. He also runs a private lesson studio, coaches his kids’ soccer team and works as a freelance musician.
Music wasn’t Mr. Shanker's first love; there were lots of other classes he wanted to take. But his parents convinced him that music was worth the effort and as they won’t soon let him forget, they were right!
Assistant Band Director/Percussion
Mr. Flannigan comes to us from the Wentzville School District, where he taught Beginning Band classes throughout the District. Prior to this position, he was the Assistant Band Director (Director of Percussion) for the Windsor C-1 School District in Imperial, Missouri. Under his direction, his ensembles have consistently received high marks in the marching and concert percussion seasons. He has also taught guitar classes and Zimbabwean marimba ensemble. Mr. Flannigan has been a band and percussion clinician & instructor for many high school band programs throughout Missouri and Illinois, and has been on staff for Freedom Percussion and Gateway Indoor.
He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education and Certifications in Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 and 2 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. While there, he studied contemporary and classical percussion literature, with an emphasis in marimba performance, Afro-Cuban percussion, and West African djembe ensemble techniques. His primary teachers include Matt Henry, Gary Brandes, Dr. Thomas Zirkle, Dr. Eric Willie, and Mike Davis. Neil has performed with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006), WGI World Finalist Gateway Indoor (2008), and the St. Louis Wind Symphony. Neil is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, whose quality and consistency are key to his success both as a performer and educator. He is a member of The Percussive Arts Society, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Color Guard Director/Art Teacher
Julie Short is the Color Guard Director at FZW. Her interest in the color guard activity began at St. Charles West High School in 2007. After graduation, she attended Missouri State University to earn a degree in art education. While at MSU, she performed with the Pride of Missouri State Marching Band (2008-2011), Pridettes Dance Line (2008-2012), National Avenue Winter Guard (2009), and the Pride of Missouri State Winter Guard (2010-2012), eventually taking on the role of captain in 2011. Most recently, she was a member of the World Class Avidity Independent in St. Louis in 2015. Mrs. Short took over the color guard program in 2013, and has since devoted her time to developing the program into a well-rounded and successful entity. The program consists of the Silver Jaguar Brigade Color Guard in the fall, as well as the Silver Winter Guard (Scholastic AA), Purple Winter Guard (Regional A), and Middle School Color Guard (Cadet Class) during the winter season. These students pride themselves on a tradition of excellence which has led them to a number of awards and competitive rankings over the years. In addition to teaching art, art history, and color guard at FZW, Mrs. Short is pursuing a Master's degree in Art History at Lindenwood University.
Band Director WMS/Marching Brass Coordinator
Jeff Jehle received his Bachelor of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. He is in his 13th year of music education and 11th year as band director at Fort Zumwalt West Middle School in O’Fallon, MO, and assistant instructor with the Fort Zumwalt West High School marching band. In addition, Mr. Jehle serves as Adjunct Instructor of Horn at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, MO. He has adjudicated for various events including the Sullivan Marching Band Festival, the District Metro 8 Honor Band, the St. Louis All Suburban Honor Band, and the Wildcat Pride Marching Festival in Wright City, MO. In 2014 and 2015 he had the privilege of being the guest clinician with the Harold L. Lichtenegger Memorial Honor Bands in Southeast Missouri.
In his spare time, Mr. Jehle enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, slalom water skiing, cooking, and hanging out with his wife, Christina, his son, Aden and daughter, Ava. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, FZEA, and former member of the St. Louis Wind Symphony.
Band Director WMS/Asst. Marching Band Director Character/leadership Development
Ms. Fanning is in her 16th year of teaching. Prior to teaching band at Fort Zumwalt West Middle, she taught the West Middle choirs, assisted the North High band, and taught 6-12 Vocal and Instrumental music in the Crest Ridge School District outside of Warrensburg, MO. She graduated from Fort Zumwalt North High, received her undergraduate degree from Central Missouri State University, completed her Master’s of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL, and received her Education Specialist degree from Lindenwood University. She currently serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair at West Middle and serves on the Secondary Performing Arts Internal Advisory Committee. Outside of Fort Zumwalt, Ms. Fanning has served as the Metro 8 Middle School Jazz Vice President for 2 years and is currently serving her 5th year as the Middle School Concert Band Vice President.
Marching Band Visual Coordinator
Mr. Aaron Short began marching band as a member of the Camdenton High School Drumline in 2004. His experiences there fostered an appreciation and love for music, and led him to pursue studying music at Missouri State University. During his time at MSU, he played with the Pride of Missouri State Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and basketball bands. He also performed with and was the bass section leader of Freedom Percussion in 2011. Mr. Short has worked with several bands around the state, teaching both percussion as well as marching techniques.