Ron Sikes began teaching in the Jefferson R-VII School District (Festus, Missouri) in 2000. His responsibilities include, 6th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Band, Guitar, High School Jazz Band, and High School Band. In 2011 & 2014, The Jefferson High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Sikes maintains a busy schedule as a clinician, composer, percussionist, drum set artist, frottoirist, and jazz vibraphonist. In 2017, he contributed to Gary Gackstatter’s book, “The Spark.” Ron has served as a guest clinician/director/conductor for honor groups such as CDMMEA (Central District), MAAA (MS concert band), Metro 8 (MS jazz), St. Louis Suburban (MS jazz), St. Clair County (IL) Honor Jazz Band, Bishop DuBourg Honor Band, Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band and more. Ron has received Missouri East Central #7 Music Educator of Year on two occasions (2011 & 2018).
Mr. Sikes earned an Associate of Arts from Jefferson College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999 from University of MO-St. Louis. In 2008, he completed his Masters in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University. Ron has been influenced by some of the finest educators, including Mark Trautwein, Brad Madson, Dr. Claude Baker, Dr. William Richardson, Marvin Sparks, Jeff Hamilton, Sally Herman, Dennis Reis & Ray Hunt.
Sikes’ professional affiliations include the MBA, Phi Beta Mu, NAfME, MOJAE, MMEA, and MSTA, and remains active as a performer, teacher, and clinician throughout the area. He has also served as MMEA Jazz Vice-President, East Central #7 President, Past-President and HS Jazz Vice-President. Ron Sikes plays Ludwig & Dynamicx Drums and is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets. Ron is a native of Hillsboro, Missouri and currently resides in the Jefferson R-VII district (Festus, MO) with his wife, Catie and three daughters; Madelyn, Lillian, and Olivia.