Local School Bands

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Local School Bands

Lannon School Marching Band, April 1941; Note: Editor Mike Reilly’s Mother, Marie Miller, is in front row just to right of drum.

1939 – new Lannon Elementary School is built and dedicated on September 1st,  and classes began on Monday September 11th. Grade 1 had 8 enrolled; grade 2 – 10; grade 3 – 14; grade 4 – 19; grade 5 – 14; grade 6 – 23; grade 7 – 17; grade 8 – 14; grade 9 – 16; and grade 10 – 9. The teachers were Mr. Philip Pejza, principal; Mr. Gumm; Misses Lees, Knoebel, and Roche assistants. Mr. Hayes, music, and Mr. Phillips, band.

The teachers of the students at Lannon School in 1941-42 were Principal Philip Pejza (9-10), Earle Powell (7-8), Miss Myrtle Burke (5-6), Miss Alice Knoebel (3-4) and Miss Pauline Medicke (1-2), plus music supervisor Mrs. Letetia Hase and band director Arthur Raccoli.

1963/Nov – Lenard Michaels is the Hamilton Band leader.

1970 – Norbert Steffen was the first director of the Templeton Middle School music department and band.

Aug 26, 2015 – Donated byJeanne Schmidt a 1975 2 LP set performed by Hamilton HS, recorded by Sentry Custom Recording of Lannon. Thank you!

1978 HHS Jazz Ensemble LP record

Band Personnel:

1982-83 wind & Jazz Ensembles LP record

Band Personnel:

Week of June 1, 2002 – The new Hamilton Band Director is Jon Waite.

2009 – The Hamilton High School band has taken a big step forward as it is now a “competitive band,” taking first place at Marchfest 2009. Jon Waite is the Charger Marching Band’s director.