Joe Boertmann graduated from PLU in 2009 with a degree in Music Education. While at PLU he played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, University Symphony Orchestra, student brass quintet, and Concert Band. Currently, Joe is working as the Director of Bands for the Castle Rock School District, teaching high school jazz band, concert band and pep band, middle school band, elementary school beginning band, fourth grade recorders, and kindergarten general music.
"Professor Lyman was able to individualize his instruction to meet my specific needs. I never once felt like any of my time was generic hoops to jump through. I learned how to be a better band director from being his student. I had access to my teacher at times outside of my scheduled lessons. He even came and found me in a practice room to provide additional advice after a conversation we had. This would have never happened at any of the larger schools – even the 'best' schools in the nation, I’m convinced. Outside of trumpet, the music faculty working in concert created a complete experience. There were professors whose classes I was never in, but I was able approach them and ask advice on playing, being a musician, about my intended career and just life in general. Again, something you wouldn’t find at many other institutions no matter the size. I would not have survived my first years of teaching in this current assignment had it not been for the complete music education experience I received at PLU. If the program had been any less, I’m not sure I’d still be teaching. After I graduated, I have kept in touch with my private instructor and my band director. They both have served as sources of information and advice. I transformed from being their student to their colleague in the profession and, looking back, I feel that this was their goal the whole time."