Phone: (816) 532-0405 ext. 7659
Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Music (MM-Conducting) - Missouri State University Bachelor of Music Education (BME-Instrumental) - Missouri State University Certified K-12 Music - Instrumental
Mrs. Leah Kubala
As a Missouri native, I am happy to be returning for my third year in the district as the Associate Band Director after previously teaching for one year in Miami, Oklahoma. Even though I am originally from the St. Louis area, Kansas City has become an amazing home for me thanks to the welcoming and supportive staff at Smithville R-II. My husband, Clint, is a new band director in the Cameron School District, so when I am not busy with the Smithville bands, I am there supporting his band. Outside of school, I can often be found trying out new recipes and restaurants with my husband, spending time with our fourteen nieces and nephews, sewing, biking, exercising at 9Round, or taking care of my two cats. I am extremely passionate about traveling and all things Disney, as well! Ask me where I'm going on vacation next, and I can probably give you a list for the next five summers in a row!
Throughout my education in Union, MO, I always loved band and strived to be involved in every ensemble and activity available to me. As I graduated, I knew I wanted to find a way to make this continue in my future career, as well as find a way to share this with others. After the tough decision of where to attend college, I enrolled at Missouri State University in Springfield to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental). During this time, I performed in principal horn positions in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Horn Ensemble before student teaching in Marshfield, MO and graduating Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College. During my graduate tenure at Missouri State starting the following fall, I was lucky enough to conduct the Wind Symphony and Concert Band, Stage (Jazz) Band, and assist with the 360 member Missouri State Pride Marching Band. I studied horn under Dr. Lisa Casey and conducting under Dr. Belva Prather and Dr. Craig B. Davis. My professional affiliations include NEA, NAfME, MMEA, the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and Pi Kappa Lambda - Nation Music Honor Society.
At Smithville R-II, I conduct the High School Symphonic Band, as well as co-teach the Warrior Pride Marching Band at SHS. Along with Mr. Brockman and Mr. Haberman, I co-teach the Seventh and Eighth Grade Bands at SMS, along with Sixth Grade Band at each of the elementary schools. Out of the three of us, brass is my specialty area and I love finding ways to incorporate knowledge about other music cultures while on the podium. I also provide private horn lessons when possible. I love having the chance to see students at all stages from sixth grade all the way through their senior year of high school, and the Smithville School District allows me to see that individual progress.
Though I do not have a warrior time class, I am still WARRIOR STRONG and WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!