Phone number: 841-8851
Mr. Paul Bickel started his teaching career in 1992 at Vandercook Lake, where he taught all bands in grades 5-12 (marching, concert, and MS and HS jazz), 9th and 10th Grade English, and restarted both the choir and jazz band programs at Vandercook Lake until 2002.
He teaches band at Western with middle school band director Jason Cunningham and 6th Grade Brass instructor Bob Woodard. Mr. Bickel teaches HS Concert Band, HS Symphonic Band, the WHS Marching Band, and HS Jazz Band. He also assists the 6th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, and 8th Grade Jazz Band.
Mr. Bickel is an active trumpet performer in the Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band (run by father Philip Bickel), piano and vocal performer as a dueling piano player for "Piano Wars!".
He loves teaching because he loves to inspire students to perform and continue through and after high school.
He is married to Bethany Bickel, Western Middle School's choir director, and they have two daughters, Julia and Laura.
Western High School
(Highest Honors, winner of the Sousa Award for Band, Director's Award for Drama, and Music Department Award)
University of Michigan-BA in English, certified in English, Music, and Social Sciences
(Graduated with Honors With Distinction)
Spring Arbor University-MA in Education
(4.0 GPA! Yay!)
Parents are always welcome to call and email regarding their students or any questions you may have.