RBHS Band Staff
Stephen C. Mathews, Director of Bands
Since 2006, Stephen C. Mathews has been the Director of Bands at Rock Bridge High School. Mr. Mathews is a native and former resident of California and prior to coming to Missouri, he taught for twenty-one years directing elementary through high school band programs in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the California State University, Stanislaus, and holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Washington in Seattle.
During his tenure in California, Mr. Mathews’ bands gained much recognition at the local and state levels. His marching bands have many awards including sweepstakes. Mr. Mathews’ concert bands consistently received “Straight 1’s” at festivals and his junior high and high school bands have performed at the California Band Directors Association and the California Music Educator's Association State Conferences.
While in California, Mr. Mathews served as Interim Director for the Senior Division of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Merced Junior College Jazz Ensemble. Frequently, he directed junior high and high school bands for several summer music camps in Northern California. Mr. Mathews was an adjudicator for two associations and served on the California Music Educator's Bay Section and the Northern California Band Association Executive Boards. He was also awarded Pitman High School Teacher Of The Year in 2003 and 2006, and in 2006 was given the California Music Educator's Association Bay Section Gilbert T. Freitas Outstanding Music Educator Of The Year award.
Since coming to Missouri, Mr. Mathews has enjoyed the opportunity of working with many talented students at Rock Bridge High School. He serves as director for the concert, jazz, and marching band programs. Under his direction, the Rock Bridge Wind Ensemble receives the highest of ratings at District Contests and the Jazz Ensemble consistently places at festivals. In January, 2010, the Rock Bridge Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association State Conference. This was the first time any Rock Bridge instrumental ensemble was selected to perform at the conference.
As a saxophonist and pianist, Mr. Mathews has been a member of the San Jose Wind Symphony and performed regularly with a local big band from Northern California. While playing with that big band, he has had the opportunity to perform over the years, backing up artists such as Doc Severinsen, Jon Faddis, Pete Christlieb, Matt Finders, Ed Shaunessey, Bill Watrous, and Bob Hope. Mr. Mathews is a father of three great children (Jason, Brian, and Kerri) and has had twenty four years of tremendous support and encouragement from his wife, Janet.
Bob Thalhuber, Assistant Band Director
Robert Thalhuber, a 1998 graduate of Rock Bridge High School, earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in percussion performance from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. In 2006, he obtained his Master of Music Degree in Percussion at The University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied percussion with Dr. Julia Gaines. His musical involvement in the Las Vegas community included performing in the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, the UNLV Percussion Ensemble, and the UNLV Wind Orchestra. More recent performance credits include the University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University of Missouri Graduate Percussion Ensemble, and the Missouri Symphony.
Mr. Thalhuber is honored to be a former member of two well-respected drum corps: The Glassmen (1998), and the Phantom Regiment (2001). He has performed throughout much of the United States, Japan, and most recently at the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, Mr. Thalhuber is the Assistant Director of Bands at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to his duties at Rock Bridge, he also assists at both Gentry Middle School and Jefferson Junior High School.