Melissa Gustafson-Hinds

O’Fallon Township High School

Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is in her fourteenth 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.

Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is originally from Monmouth, Illinois. She attended Illinois State University, earning a bachelor’s in music education, graduating with University Honors. Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2000, an educational leadership endorsement from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her Doctorate Degree in Teaching and Learning, with an emphasis in music, from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2010.

Melissa is married to Evan Hinds, who is a music arranger, drill writer, and music adjudicator and additionally, serves as the Music Director for the Marching Panthers.  Together they have a daughter named Evelyn who is 5 years old.

My Sessions

Connecting Programs for the Better

Band Room

A session on combining efforts from middle school to high school – how to connect programs and work together, even in non-unit districts.

Clinic Session

Rehearsal Lab


Using the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band as a demonstration group, this open rehearsal will demonstrate how the O’fallon Township High School Bands use the Harmony Director using a specific warm-up sequence.

Demonstration Session