HHS selects band director

Hillsboro High School has selected Gregg Walker as its instrumental music instructor beginning in the fall 2000 term.

Walker currently is the band director at Inman Junior and Senior High School. He has 14 years experience as a band director.

Walker, who is originally from Topeka, received a master?s degree from North Texas State University. The university is known for its jazz department, which has won a Grammy Award.

While teaching in Texas for nine years, his groups received ?I?s? at contests as well as placing first in the statewide marching contest, among various other achievements.

He also received the honor of ?Outstanding Jazz Educator? from Lou Marini Jr.

Walker has taught a variety of classes from the university level down to kindergarten, including working with the disabled.

He has been a professional musician since age 15, playing in established groups, forming his own groups, doing studio work and serving as a backup musician to various artists.

Walker?s plans include continuing the things that have been done with Hillsboro school bands, including the jazz band.

He expects to take the middle and high school bands to the state fair, as well as bring in guest artists and possibly write some music specifically for the group.

In a letter to students, Walker states, ?My family and I are looking forward to meeting you and I am eager to work with you and your families and the respective groups that you are in. I?ve heard about the great things you have done.?

Walker has been married to his wife, Betsy, for 20 years. They have six children ranging in age from 3 to 17.

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