Cassville High School brings in new band director

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fulton native brings 20-plus years of experience to district

The Cassville school district has hired Ed Lammers as the new band director for Cassville High School, replacing Scott Frederickson, who resigned at the beginning of the school year.

Lammers

Lammers is a Fulton native and brings 20-plus years of experience in the field of music eduction to the district. He has taught in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Central Methodist University and has a master of music in performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Along with directing the high school band, he will also direct jazz band and serve as middle school band instructor, co-teaching with Erica Gorman.

"I have previously taught in both public schools and higher education, and have directed bands, jazz bands and orchestras," Lammers said. "I have performed on tuba or trombone with a wide variety of groups and under the batons of some world-renowned conductors. I was selected on tuba twice for the Phi Mu Alpha National Wind Ensemble."

Lammers, who specializes in conducting and playing brass instruments, said his goals for the Cassville bands include focusing on improvement in overall musicianship and an increase in repertoire.

"I am happy to be working in this district, and I am extremely pleased with the work ethic and pride among the students," he said.

Frederickson, who had directed band for the high school since 2010, resigned at the beginning of the school year.

"He had a real fire for marching band, concert and jazz band, really built the program up while he was here, had great vision and goals, and was able to see those through," said Jeff Swadley, Cassville High School principal. "We're going to miss him."

"Scott was a wonderful colleague to work with, loved his kids, had a true passion for band and built the program back up to prominence," said Mary Richmiller, Cassville vocal director.

Now a month into the new school year, Swadley said staff and students are thrilled to have Lammers on board.

"Lammers is a great addition to our staff," Swadley said. "Our students are super excited and energized to have him lead. He has a positive attitude and a complete understanding of music theory."

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