Howard Summers was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has lived in Utah since 1991. He holds a Bacchelor's in Music Education and a Master's in Trumpet Performance from the University of Utah. He is the Director of Bands at Skyridge High School, Lehi Junior High and Viewpoint Middle School. Howard has served in UMEA as VP of Band and VP of Jazz. He is the lead Brass designer at Cannonball Musical Instruments. He has been nominated as teacher of the year at every school he has taught and was the UHSAA Heart of the Arts recipient for the state of Utah in 2019. His groups consistently rank among the best in the state in Band, Jazz and Marching. Besides music, he maintains a large list of interests: plants/gardening, real estate, car restoration, mountain biking, hi-fi speaker building, wood working, cooking, and languages. He and his wife are raising their 6 children in Lehi.
Lea Nelson recently joined the band team at Lehi Jr High and Viewpoint Middle School after teaching at Willowcreek Middle school as the assistant director for four years. Before teaching at Willowcreek, Lea was the Band Director at Timberline Middle School and Mountain Ridge Jr. High in Alpine School District before taking a 10 year "break" to be a stay-at-home mom to her four boys. She is thrilled to be part of the band program in the Skyridge cluster!
Mrs. Nelson graduated from Brigham Young University in Music Education and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at BYU. She grew up in a musical home and always dreamed of being a band director just like her dad. While at BYU, she traveled with the Wind Symphony to destinations such as Taiwan, Philippines, China, Finland, Baltic States, and Russia as well as State-side destinations. She continues to teach clarinet lessons privately and especially loves working with young students.
In her free time (who are we kidding, there is no free time), Mrs. Nelson is busy with her four boys or you can find her on a bike (mtn or road), reading a book, baking (sweets and sourdough bread), or traveling.