Staff Spotlight: Mike Dynes

Known by many for his booming voice and competitive nature, Mike Dynes has revitalized the Bettendorf music department.

Dynes has possessed a love for music since childhood but did not want to become a teacher until taking a college course that changed his perspective on music. Prior to joining the Bulldogs in 2003, Dynes taught music for an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and in Mediapolis, Iowa.

Dynes currently teaches Wind Ensemble, Freshmen Band, Jazz Combos, and AP music theory. In addition to teaching within the school, Dynes instructs the Marching Band alongside Chris Saito.

Under the instruction of Dynes and Saito, the Bettendorf Marching Band has frequently received a Division I rating at the Iowa state competition. This past year, the band received a Division I rating with a score of 81.1, their highest score in years.

“The music department has grown so much with Mr. Dynes. He has a great head on his shoulders and an even greater head of hair,” Tienna Trettin said.

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