Band Leadership


Director & Staff

John Schindler

Director of Bands

John Schindler has been the Director of Bands at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida since 2019. At Manatee, he directs the Marching ‘Canes, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and coordinates the Percussion Class. Mr. Schindler has also taught at Cape Coral High School, Boca Ciega High School, Bayshore High School, and LaBelle High School in Florida, as well as the Fostoria City Schools in Fostoria, Ohio. He has also performed as a percussionist with several professional and community groups in Ohio and Florida. 

Mr. Schindler is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH (B.M. 2008). He has memberships that include the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. John is a native of Avon, Ohio and graduate of Avon High School. He currently lives in Bradenton, FL with his wife Renee, who is the color guard director at Manatee. 

Renee Schindler

Director of Color Guard

Renee Schindler has been teaching color guard and baton students for over 30 years. She is currently the director of Color Guard at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fl. Renee has taught color guard at numerous schools in Florida and Ohio and her groups have consistently received superior ratings at the district and state levels. She has also run a baton studio in Fostoria, Ohio teaching students of all ages and ability levels. Mrs. Schindler has previously served as a judge for the Drum Majorettes of America organization. She is a native of Fostoria, Ohio and graduate of Fostoria High School. Renee currently lives in Bradenton, FL with her husband John, who is the director of bands at Manatee.

Jasper Miller

Associate Director/Percussion Coordinator 


Mark Mattison

Booster President

Michael Harnish

Booster Vice President

Stephanie Harnish

Booster Treasurer

Tami Merrill

Booster Secretary

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