Zachary Chowning is going into his 4th year of teaching at Oviedo High School and his second official year as the Director of Bands, in addition to unofficially assuming the role of Director midway through the 2019-2020 school year. Under his direction, the ensembles at Oviedo have achieved Superior ratings in concert and marching performance, even in the midst of the current pandemic, solidifying the excellence of the music education program at OHS. For the second year in a row, Mr. Chowning has received the esteemed Orange and Black award at Oviedo.
Mr. Chowning graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelors Degree in Music. While working towards his degree, and before teaching at Oviedo, he was a sought after music and visual technician across multiple high schools each year for over 10 years. Every group he has taught during his time was able to achieve and sustain superior ratings at FBA competitions and finalist status at FMBC State Championships. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Chowning has also created musical arrangements for multiple schools and written drill for marching programs across the state.
Whilst teaching and earning his degree, Mr. Chowning has also performed with many groups and organizations across the region as a professional freelance lead trumpet and soloist including Disney, Universal, Sea World, Nfusion, John K, Gloria Estefan’s Caliente Band, Stan Kenton’s Tribute Band, Bach Festival Brass Band, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Prior to this, Mr. Chowning achieved an esteemed resume within Drum Corps International, marching with the Magic of Orlando, The Glassmen, and The Cadets. He wrapped up his career in Drum Corps with a World Championship in 2011, marching lead trumpet with The Cadets.
Mr. Chowning resides in Oviedo, FL and enjoys spending his free time fishing, working in carpentry, and with his family, including his nephews and niece.
Assistant Band Director
Alexander Busby is in his second year of teaching at Oviedo High School as Assistant Band Director. During his time at OHS he has been named OHS Teacher of the Week (Sept. 2020), was awarded a grant from The Foundation at SCPS, Grants for Great Ideas, for “Project Grow Music” and was instrumental in facilitating the reinstatement of the Concert Band. Mr. Busby is the Director of the Symphonic and Concert Bands, teaches Group Keyboard/Music History and assists with all aspects of the Marching Lions and band program.
Prior to his appointment at OHS, Mr. Busby taught woodwind methods and applied flute and saxophone as part of his graduate teaching assistantship at East Carolina University. Mr. Busby has been published in the national professional instrumental magazines Flute Talk (March 2019) and most recently in The Flute View (Sept. 2019). As a national and international performer he has performed throughout the states of Texas and North Carolina as a freelance musician, as well as in concert halls in Shanghai and Suzhou, China and Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Busby has participated in extended programs of study at the University of Taipei (Taiwan) and New York University Steinhardt School of Music. Mr. Busby received his BM in Music Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and his MM in Multiple Woodwind Performance (five woodwind track) at East Carolina University.
Mr. Busby currently resides in Oviedo, FL with his lovely wife Sarah, their newborn son, and their miniature schnauzer, Ozzie.