by Lisa Pecchenino
Mr. Zebulon Bellon is from Ely, Nevada, another quaint small town like Kuna. He relocated here to become the Kuna High School Director of Bands in 2012.
He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada where he performed with numerous professional and community ensembles throughout Nevada.
“I have wanted to be a high school band teacher since the sixth grade,” Bellon shared. His love of music stems from a former middle school band teacher. “He was such a great teacher, he introduced me to music.”
Zeb plays all wind instruments specializing in the Oboe.
However, he shared that in school you have to learn how to play
Mr. Bellon was named the 2012-2013 Kuna High School Educator of the Year. And his students seem as passionate as he is about Band. Zeb is a modest, laid back young man who has accomplished a lot for his young age. The students say he is tough, and makes you pull your weight. Not only do you have to pull your weight, but also he insists that they keep a 2.3 or better, and he checks every week. So why are the students crazy about him, nominating him for Kuna High School Educator of the Year.
“Kids want to be proud of what they do, so they put in the extra effort,” Zeb offered. “They get to travel, perform and really get involved in something. I view them as adults and encourage them to get passionate about something.”
Something Zeb would like to change about band is the awareness of what a program like this can do for kids.
“I believe that kids want to be a part of something that is successful,” Zeb said. “ It’s all about making the kids accountable for themselves, it helps prepare them for life after high school.”
Everyone seems excited to see what lies ahead this year for band this year. As for Mr. Bellon, when asked were he saw himself in ten years? “I hope to be teaching at the college level.”
And what would he say to people who still regard band
a bunch of geeks? “Band is full
of a very diverse group of kids, they are passionate about
what they do. The students in band are the cheerleaders,
football players, science majors to just kids who love music.”