Welcome to the Roncalli Band Department!
Band Director - Kathy Peach
Kathy Peach is in her 40th year as a Band director and has spent the last 27 years as Director of Bands at Roncalli. A graduate of Columbus North High School and Butler University, Kathy has also taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools, Eastern Hancock Junior-Senior High School, and at Scecina Memorial High School. In 1989, she received an appointment to start an instrumental music education program at Sam Sharpe Teachers College just outside of Montego Bay, Jamaica. As a result of that year in Jamaica, the Roncalli Band now travels every other year to Montego Bay, performing in concerts and bringing school supplies, instruments, music, clothing, and other donations to students at two elementary schools, seven high schools, and the Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club.
In 1994, Kathy was honored as the person who most influenced Academic All-Star, Valedictorian, and Roncalli Band member Kevin Finn. In 1996, Kathy was the Roncalli Teacher of the Year and a semi-finalist for the State Teacher of the Year. In 1997, she earned the Prelude Awards Teacher of the Year Award.
Kathy’s goal as a teacher is “to motivate my students to achieve great things, to inspire them to be good citizens of the world, to create an environment where faith is present each and every day, to show my students that prayer is powerful, and to instill in each student a great love and appreciation for music that will last throughout their lives.”
Laura Horcher - South Deanery Band Director
Laura Horcher is in her fourth year of teaching at Roncalli High School. A born and raised southsider, Laura is a St. Barnabas School graduate. She is an active parishioner at St. Barnabas and participates in their music ministry.
Laura teaches 5th-8th grade band at Central Catholic, St. Barnabas, St. Jude, St. Mark, SS. Francis & Clare and St. Roch. In addition to her South Deanery responsibilities, Laura teaches a Beginning Women’s Choir class at Roncalli. She also serves as an assistant to the Band and Choral programs.
A Roncalli alumna (2010), Laura was a four year band member (French Horn) and sang in both the Beginning Mixed Chorus and Show Choir. After graduating from RHS, Laura studied Music Education at the University of Dayton where she graduated cum laude in 2014.
Laura believes in spreading music through creativity and compassion and tries to do that daily in all she does.
Joel Humberd - South Deanery Band Director
Joel graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in 2003 where he was heavily involved in the instrumental music program. He played oboe in the Symphonic and Concert Bands as well as the Orchestra. He played tenor saxophone in the Jazz and Marching Band where he was also Drum Major. Joel studied Music Education at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Education. He began teaching general music at Central Catholic School in 2009. This is his third year on the staff at Roncalli High School as one of the middle school band directors. Joel is married to Emily, and they have two children: Ben who is four and Autumn who just turned two. They live in Fountain Square on the south side of downtown.
Row 1: Sarah Sims, Grace Whitaker, Michael Runholt, Blake Prather, Jeffrey Amodeo
Row 2: Lucy Houser, Andrew Goebel, Alexia Sheets, Katie Comer, Joseph Schubach, Elijah Buening, Henry Schutte, Sam Hansen
Row 3: Brendan Klaas, Nick Golab, Joseph Deer, Cynthia Allstatt, Erin Rooney, Patrick Shilson, Carolina Whitaker, Story Ellis, Rob McKay
Row 4: Evan Cloud, Chris McKay, Josh Amodeo, Nick Adams, Luke Dow, Tyler Schofield, Jason Brown, Matt Sims, Nico Greene, Austin Schofield
Not Pictured: Karissa Svrcek, Adam Wolf
Row 1: Sarah Sims, Story Ellis, Grace Whitaker, Michael Runholt, Blake Prather, Carolina Whitaker
Row 2: Andrew Goebel, Alexia Sheets, Lucy Houser, Patrick Shilson, Joseph Schubach, Jeffrey Amodeo, Sam Hansen, Henry Schutte, Elijah Buening
Row 3: Brendan Klaas, Nick Golab, Joseph Deer, Cynthia Allstatt, Katie Comer, Erin Rooney, Adam Wolf
Row 4: Chris McKay, Nick Adams, Luke Dow, Rob McKay, Tyler Schofield, Austin Schofield, Josh Amodeo, Jason Brown, Evan Cloud, Matt Sims, Nico Greene
Not Pictured: Karissa Svrcek
Row 1: Brendan Klaas, Katie Comer, Lucy Houser, Patrick Shilson, Jeffrey Amodeo,
Row 2: Joshua Johnston, Evan Cloud, Joseph Deer, Nick Golab, Michael Shirley
Row 3: Rob McKay, Josh Amodeo
Left to Right: Dianna Perez, Miriam Barajas, Sophia Becerra-Tellez, Jacob Perez, Mia Ebling, Jimmy Cantwell, Cassidy Cross
Row 1: Nolan Hoffman, Austin Jones, Ali Lewis, Emily Morris, Matt Olmsted, Tyler Pollard
Row 2: Brendan O'Connor, Liam Wanner, Sally King, Dominic Conover, Chloe Coffman-Keister, Sydney Clifford, Adela Lemakova, Cheyenne Webb
Not Pictured: Harrison Koppenhofer, Kyle Carpenter
AP Music Theory
Row 1: Dominick Bleizeffer, Jack Baker, Alex Ruble
Row 2: Lucas Ankney, Michael Shirley, Sam Bramlett, Henry Schutte, Joe Gibson
Not Pictured: Will Allen
Row 1: Grace Mappes, Taylor Pluntz, Kathleen Ameis, Eva Blaser, Sophie Reed, Sam Slivka
Row 2: Kai Wisler, Henry Meinerding, Maggie Hollcraft, Alex Lawson, Madeline Schaefer, Kasey Kirkhoff, Madison Dahltorp, Sarah Hayden, Joe Gibson
Row 3: Luis Ortiz-Mayorquin, Mitch Ruminski, Nick Flanagan, Mason Beer, Jack Tichenor, Lucas Parrett, Hayden Moran, Murphy McManama, Cam Fath, Malachy Davis, Pat Cherry
Not Pictured: Austin Bogie, Javier Briones, Alexandra Stallings
Row 1: Zeke Gremore, Rocco Sharp, Griffin Beckham
Row 2: Vince Agramonte, Sam George, Kempis Wilkerson, Tanner Jackson
Not Pictured: Matt Gaskill