Director & Staff

Mr. Eric Blanks, Band Director

  Eric Blanks grew up in Loudoun County and has been a music educator for the past seven years, working at all three levels of public education. Prior to being a music educator, he made appearances as a trumpet player throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Blanks received his Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, studying under renowned trumpeter Rex Richardson, and earned his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

During his time as an associate high school band director, ensembles he assisted and worked with have earned numerous superior and excellent ratings, been designated multiple times as a Virginia Honor Band, and have been invited to appear internationally multiple times at the London New Year’s Day Parade.

Mr. Blanks has also maintained a private trumpet studio, teaching a wide variety of levels. Students in his studio have made honor ensembles at all levels of education in Virginia and have gone on to study at various music schools throughout the U.S. When he is not teaching in the classroom, Mr. Blanks spends as much time as he can with his wife, Lindsay, daughter Abigail and their energetic dog Grendal.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to send an email to Eric.Blanks@lcps.org.

For latest news regarding the Broad Run band program, follow Mr. Blanks on Twitter at MrEBlanks.

STAFF

Andy Schlaf – Assistant Director

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Andy Schlaf graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees for instrumental music. During his time at CNU he performed with many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Captains and traveled internationally to perform. He is also a graduate of the Broad Run High School band program (Class of 2008). Mr. Schlaf also performs locally with the Loudoun Symphonic Winds as a bass and contrabass Clarinet player.

 

 

 

Dylan Mercer – Percussion Director

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Dylan Mercer was involved in the indoor and outdoor drumline programs at Loudoun County High School where he graduated in 2010. He attended Christopher Newport University where he was a member of the Marching Captain’s drumline, CNU indoor drumline, and Phoenix Blue Percussion. He completed his studies in 2014 with a degree in Applied Physics. Since 2012 he has worked with various high school’s percussion programs in the Loudoun County area before coming to Broad Run in 2015. In his time at Broad Run he has worked with the outdoor drumline and helps design and direct the indoor drumline program. He is currently employed by Loudoun County Public Schools.

Megan Constantinides – Front Ensemble Director

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Megan Constantinides (MT-BC) joined the Yorktown High School indoor drumline in 2006, and was an active member of its front ensemble from 2006-2011. She then became a member of the Christopher Newport University front ensemble from 2011-2014, and of Phoenix Blue Percussion in 2011. Megan graduated from CNU with a degree in Psychology, and was actively engaged in elective music classes and ensembles throughout college. She joined the Broad Run staff in fall 2015, and co-wrote the indoor drumline shows from 2016 – 2018. Megan has worked in preschool music education since 2015, and graduated with her music therapy certification from Shenandoah University in 2019. She loves early childhood music, marimba, and cats!

 

Lindsay Blanks – Color Guard Director