Percussion Arranger + Instructor
Sean Mireau has been the percussion instructor at Chaparral High School since the fall of 2004 and is married to the Director of Bands, Jennifer Mireau. As percussion instructor, his responsibilities include writing and arranging music for the sideline percussion section and field percussion section of the Firebird Marching Band, teaching the sideline and field percussion sections of the Marching Band, and repairing and maintaining the more than 40 percussion instruments used by band students at Chaparral High School. Sean also helps Mrs. Mireau by assisting with the instruction of the Chaparral Jazz Band, the Symphonic Band, the 2nd hour percussion class, as well as by occasionally driving an activity bus to transport Chaparral band students to and from music festivals and events.
Sean has been teaching high school percussion continuously since 1988. He has taught percussion at Casa Grande Union High School, Casa Grande, AZ; Coolidge High School, Coolidge, AZ; Santa Cruz Valley Union High School, Eloy, AZ; Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ; Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ; Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ; Thunderbird High School, Phoenix, AZ; Cactus Shadows High School, Scottsdale, AZ; Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ; Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ; Glendale High School, Glendale, AZ; and Cactus High School, Glendale, AZ.
Sean participated in school band from 6th through 12th grade. After graduating from Casa Grande Union High School in 1988, Sean attended Central Arizona College for two years and received an Associate of Arts degree. Sean then studied jazz performance as a music major at Arizona State University for three years. While studying music at ASU, Sean performed in over 50 concerts and recitals as a soloist and as a member of the ASU Big Band, New Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Jazz Ensemble, numerous jazz combos, and the “Pandevils” Steel Drum Band. Sean toured and performed as a member of the Sunset Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Tucson, AZ in the summers of 1987, 1988, and 1990. In the summer of 1991 he performed with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Anaheim, CA. Sean placed first in the Multi-Percussion category of the 1991 Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Competition held in Dallas, TX.