2017-2018 Seahawk Marching  Band Staff

Director: John Schindler

Assistant Director: Jorge Perez

Color Guard Director: Renee Schindler

Color Guard Tech: Samantha Benitez

Percussion Instructor: Tommy Sculthorpe

Percussion Arranger: Brian Travelsted

Visual Design: Jim Ortega

Dance Director: Melissa Dominguez


 

Mr. John Schindler,

Director of Bands

John Schindler has been the Director of Bands at Cape Coral High School in Cape Coral, Florida since 2017. At Cape Coral, he directs the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, teaches piano and coordinates the Color Guard program. Mr. Schindler has also taught at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, FL,  Bayshore High School in Bradenton, FL, LaBelle High School in LaBelle, FL and the Fostoria City Schools in Fostoria, OH. He has also performed as a percussionist with a number of 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, OH and graduate of Avon High School. He currently lives in Cape Coral, FL with his wife Renee, who is the color guard director at Cape Coral. 

Mrs. Melissa Dominguez,

Director of Dance

Melissa Dominguez was born in New Jersey in 1982 and moved to the Miami area in 1988. She moved to the Cape Coral area in 2010 with her husband and began working at Cape Coral High School. She began studying dance at a very young age at private studios and continued her studies through college. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Education in 2005 and plans on continuing her education in the field of Special Education.

Her talent in nearly all forms of dance has earned her the opportunity to perform at several distinguished events.  Her proudest accomplishments include a performance with the Universal Dance Association at the 1999 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, four annual charity performances for the Children's Resource Fund, a Univision-aired performance with Latin music artist Carlos Ponce, several football and basketball games as an officer for the Florida International University Dance Team, and a one-year multi-city tour with dance music artist Eyra Gail, who topped music charts with her hit song "Heaven."  Melissa has also performed on the sidelines and halftime shows of University of Miami Hurricane football home and away games with the University of Miami Hurricanettes

Melissa currently teaches Dance and Life Skills at Cape Coral High School.  She created The Hawkettes Dance Team in 2010 and continues to see it grow. Currently, the Hawkettes can be seen performing on the field and on the sidelines at football games with the Cape Coral High School Marching Band. In 2013 and 2014 the Hawkettes received a Superior Auxiliary rating for their performance in coordination with the marching band.  They also received a “Best In Class Auxiliary Award” at their first competition in Lehigh, FL

Mr. Jim Ortega, Visual Design & Instruction,

Jim Ortega has been instructing marching bands in Lee and Collier County since 2004.  His areas of involvement have included brass instruction, visual techniques, drill design, and program coordination. In 2009, as the visual instructor for the first year of competition for the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Band, the program placed 3rd overall in state finals in class 1A competition. In 2011 with his drill design and visual instruction he helped bring Marcato Independent Percussion to its first WGI Finals competition in the Independent A class. The following year the unit was promoted from the Independent A class to the Independent Open class under his visual instruction and drill design at its first competitive show for the year. Jim has designed shows for schools In Lee and Collier County to include Ida S. Baker High School, Riverdale High School, & Immokalee High School, Mariner High School; and now Cape Coral High School. Currently, Jim will be the visual /drill designer for Mariner and Coral High School.

When Jim is away from the marching arts, he is an Account Manager for the 11th largest security company in the United States – Weiser Security Services Inc. He loves to spend his free time with his wife Amanda and son and daughter.