Congrats, Mr. Pennell! I have personally had the honor of marching under his direction. Here is an excerpt from his page.
Kent began his career as a music teacher in NJ in 1982 and has been a resident since then. He was Band Director at Saddle Brook High School and in 1986 became Director of Bands at Bergenfield High School where he served in that position for 17 years. The program at Bergenfield was a strong one when Kent arrived, but his drum corps experience added a new aspect to the overall program, as did his knowledge of field vs. concert musical performance. When the Cadets moved to their Bergenfield headquarters the Bergenfield students were afforded many opportunities to observe, practice and perform with the drum corps. The world of drum corps, fading from the NJ scene, was brought to the students’ radar, and many have experienced membership in various corps as a result of Kent’s leadership training and knowledge.
During his tenure as band director Kent was asked to serve in a consulting and instructing capacity with several corps, but his commitment to both Bergenfield High School and his beloved Caballeros limited the time he could devote to other organizations. By this time he was marching, serving as a horn instructor for the Cabs, and even jumping in to the Drum Major spot when Jim Russo was unable to conduct!
Bergenfield has once again earned another spot as one of the best communities for Music Education in America. Congrats to the other 165 school districts and 10 schools who have earned the same recognition!