Mr. Stephen K. Rivero is the Director of Bands and Department Chair at Flanagan High School, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami in 1995 and was named the honor graduate for the school of music. He began his teaching career at Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1995. Upon completion of his first year teaching, he interviewed and accepted the Director of Bands position at Hialeah High School. During his ten years at Hialeah, he achieved great success with all of his ensembles to include being named Teacher of the Year in 2002.
In addition to his civilian profession, Mr. Rivero serves our country as the Commander and Conductor of the Florida National Guard’s, 13th Army Band. He has been a member of the Army Band for the past thirty-two years and has performed throughout the Continental United States, Dominican Republic, Morocco, St. Kitts, Guyana, and the U.S. territory of Guam. He attended basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and Warrant Officer Candidate School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Chief Rivero also serves as an advisor to Army Bands for post operational readiness evaluations. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Florida Commendation Medal.
Under his Direction, the Flanagan Bands have consistently earned superior ratings at all Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments. The Marching Band has been a five-time finalist at Music for All’s, Bands of America Regional Contests. His Wind Orchestra was the featured Band at the 2011 President’s Concert of the Florida Music Educators Clinic and Conference in Tampa, Florida. In 2012, the Wind Orchestra was the National Champion at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2013 and 2014, Flanagan hosted clinics and performed with world renowned composers, David Maslanka and John Mackey.
Mr. Rivero is an active Guest Conductor and Clinician. He has been the Conductor of the Florida All-State Honor Band, numerous All-County/Honor Bands throughout the United States, and most recently, was the Conductor of the Tumon Bay Music Festival in Guam. In 2010, Mr. Rivero was inducted in to Phi Beta Mu; an honorary fraternity for Bandmasters which was designed to honor directors on an international level. His civilian honors and awards include Teacher of the Year, the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and the Oliver Hobbs Award; in recognition of consistent superior band performances and commitment and service to the field of music education. Most recently, Mr. Rivero was awarded the 2017 ArtsEd Forever, Arts Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Broadbent is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to Flanagan in 2001, Mr. Broadbent taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Connecticut.
He marched from 1990-1992 in the Connecticut Hurricanes senior drum and bugle corps and with the 1993-1996 Cadets of Bergen County. Mr. Broadbent has teaching experience with the 1997 Boston Crusaders, and with the Cadets from 1998 to 2002 (including a year as the Color guard caption head in 2001) and 3 DCI World Championship Titles. Mr. Broadbent returned to the Boston Crusaders from 2004-2006 and has returned to the Cadets in 2009 & 2010. Other color guard teaching experiences include Danbury HS, Connecticut from 1994 to 1998, Norwalk HS, Connecticut from 1998 to 2001, the 2001 St. Anns World bronze medalist, 2002 Braddock Independent as well as the Southern Knights Winter Guard from Brighton, England from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Broadbent currently is working on program coordination for the Colts Drum and Bugle corps for Debuque, Iowa.
Mr. Broadbent has been the Director of Color Guards at Flanagan High School since 2001. Since then, Flanagan has received the Scholastic Open Bronze medal in 2003, State Color Guard Champions in 2004 & 2006 as well as WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist since 2004. They are the South Florida Winter Guard Association Champions for the last 15 consecutive years, longer then any other school in South Florida history. In 2008 & 2012, Flanagan was named the WGI Scholastic World Champions, 2013 & 2015 Scholastic World Silver Medalist and in 2009 and 2011 the WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalist. Flanagan was also the 2012 recipient of the WGI Scholastic World “Fans Favorite” Award. Mr. Broadbent currently serves on the South Florida Winter Guard Association Board, SFWGA Judging Administrator, WGI Advisory Board and WGI Board of Directors.
In 2013 Mr. Broadbent was inducted into the South Florida Winter Guard Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. Maina is very active as a woodwind soloist and clinician as well as an educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Music and Jazz Studies and a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami and the Associate Director of Bands, as well as the Orchestra Director here at Flanagan High School. Prior to teaching at Flanagan, Mr. Maina was the Director of Bands at Lawton Chiles Middle School for seven years and thirteen years at Westview Middle School, both in Miami-Dade County. While there, he earned the coveted “Louis Armstrong Fellowship Award”, awarded by the International Association of Jazz Educators for excellence in Jazz Education (1992).
While fulfilling his duties as an educator, Mr. Maina travels several times a year performing concerts and conducting jazz clinics. He also was one the coordinators of the Superintendent’s Honors Jazz Band (Miami-Dade County), and has also been the guest conductor and soloist for Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County’s Honor bands. He was also a selection adjudicator for F.B.A., Middle School All-State bands for two years. Some of his performing and recording credits include Linda Eder, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Jon Secada, Chaka Khan, Pebo Bryson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Charytin (Univision), The O’Jays, Ednita Rosario, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Bob James, Chubby and Duffy Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, Louie Bellison, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme and The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.
Mr. Maina still performs, records, private teaches and resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is happily married ( 30 years, now ) and is very proud his two children Justin (28), and Priscilla (25) who is an accomplished flute player formerly with the United States Marine Corps Band (Okinawa). Both of my children are Flanagan HS and All State Band Alumni. Priscilla will als be featured on her dad’s upcoming CD/album…”In the Company of Brothers”.