Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is in her thirteenth year as Director of Bands O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois. In addition to her teaching duties at O’Fallon Township High School, Dr. Gustafson-Hinds serves as Music Department Chair at OTHS and most recently served as the District VI Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) President. In her time at OTHS, she has brought the band program to new heights in music excellence. Under her direction, the OTHS Marching Panthers have been consistent Bands of America (BOA) Regional and Super Regional finalists, Grand National Semi-Finalists, and a Grand National Finalist in 2018. In 2015, the band marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (and an upcoming appearance now in 2022) and in 2018 the band marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California. The concert ensembles performed at Carnegie Hall in May 2014, and the Wind Ensemble has performed at the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, the National Concert Band Festival, and the ILMEA State Convention. For a week in February 2015, the OTHS Band Program hosted David Maslanka at and received intensive clinics from him, ending the week with a concert held in his honor. Other distinguished clinicians the band has worked with include James Keene, Steve Steele, Dick Floyd, Mallory Thompson, Kevin Sedatole, Mike Fansler, and Steve Davis. O’Fallon Township has been honored with the NBA Program of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award and two Music For All Advocacy Awards.