Dr. Stephen G. White is a professional music educator, conductor and church musician with academic degrees from Florida State University (PhD in Music Education), Northwestern University (Master of Music), and Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music).
Dr. White has held appointments as a secondary and university music education faculty member, has served various churches as organist and choirmaster throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest, and currently serves as Director of Music & Organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, MI. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician, organ recitalist, and adjudicator/consultant for the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) and Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA). Additionally, he maintains active memberships in the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the College Music Society.
Dr. White's principle teachers include John Paynter and James Croft for Wind Conducting; Clifford Madsen and Bennett Reimer for Music Education; Corliss Arnold, Wolfgang Rübsam, and Michael Corzine for Organ; and Andre Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger for Choral Conducting.
Mrs. Amanda Burdette has played french horn in the Cereal City Concert Band since moving to Battle Creek in 2009 and has been the Assistant Director since 2013. When not playing with the CCCB, Amanda teaches middle and high school band for Marshall Public Schools, plays in the Kalamazoo Concert Band, and in the summer plays and conducts in the Marshall Rotary Band.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. While at CMU, she was a member of the CMU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band and various small ensembles including Horn Identity Quartet and High Class Brass Quintet.
Currently, Amanda lives in Battle Creek with her husband, daughter Nora, and their two dogs. and in her free time loves to run.