Henry Kappler has been a student at Northern Illinois University since the summer of 2011. He joined the Huskie Band staff as a Graduate Assistant in the fall of 2011. Prior to attending NIU as a full time as a graduate student, Henry was a public school band director for four years working with middle and high school bands.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education from Millikin, where he studied trombone and jazz bass, as well as conducting. During his time at the Millikin, he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band I, Brassed Off Quintet and several jazz combos. He was also student conductor of the Millikin University Concert Band in fall of 2005 and was awarded a Young Artist Award for bass and the Thomas Johnson Memorial Award for trombone.
Henry was Director of Bands at Jersey Community High School from 2009-2011. While there, he directed the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Shades of Blue Jazz Combo, Marching Band, Basketball Bands, Show Choir Pit Orchestra and Musical Pit Orchestra. During his time at JCHS, the music program placed 4th in the IHSA Music Sweepstakes in its class and his bands consistently took home superior ratings at contests. The Shades of Blue Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble performed at community events, concerts and competitions throughout the year and received excellent and superior ratings at the Western Illinois University Jazz Festival and the Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival.
At NIU, Henry assists with the Huskie Bands, as an instructor, arranger, drill writer, and as director of the volleyball and basketball pep bands. In addition to his athletic band duties, he has worked with Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble as a conductor. He has attended conducting symposia at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Ball State University and Illinois State University.
Henry is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and a professional member of the National Association for Music Education.