Miguel E. Rosario-Vega - Director of Bands. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he received his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Master of Arts for Teachers degrees at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Rosario conducts the Valparaiso High School “B” Band, Concert Band, Jazz Lab Band, and travels around the school district’s middle schools assisting their respective band programs. Prior to coming to Valparaiso, he was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1991-1993 where he taught in the areas of music education and brass techniques. He has performed trumpet with the Puerto Rico Casals Festival Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Whiting Parks Festival Orchestra. He has guest conducted regularly with schools around the state, the Indiana Bandmasters Association’s All-District Honor Band, All-Region Honor Band, and the Great Lake Music Camp. During his teaching career Mr. Rosario has been awarded two Lilly Endowment, Inc. Teacher Creativity Fellowships (2000, and 2007). The first Lilly grant was for research work on wind music written by composers from Puerto Rico. In 2007 he was named a Lilly Endowment, Inc. “distinguished fellow” and traveled to Russia, Europe, and across the United States to pursue professional growth as a conductor. In the fall of 2009 he made his European conducting debut in a concert with the brass and percussion section of the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra in Spain in an all Gershwin program. He is a professional member of the League of American Orchestras, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the Indiana Music Educators Association. Mr. Rosario is married to Esta, Director of Music Ministries at the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso and they have four children; Kristofer, Ricardo, Olivia, and Antonio.