•  RMr. Wagoner

     Rick Wagoner

    Subject/Grade:5th grade Music and 6th grade Band


    Mr. Rick Wagoner is currently in his twenty fifth year in music education and his sixteenth year as k-8 Performing Arts Director and Band Directorwith the Avon Community School Corporation in Avon, Indiana.  Prior to accepting the position at Avon, heserved as director of bands at Belzer Middle School in LawrenceTownship and John Marshall Middle School in theIndianapolis Public Schools. He has served as the President of the Hendricks Symphonic Society, as Music Minister with Chapelwood Baptist church and currently plays percussion and drum set at Plainfield Christian Church.  Mr. Wagoner began his teaching career whilein college at Murray State Universityteaching drumlines throughout the Western Kentuckyarea.  This is where he also received hisBachelor of Music Education all music degree. He has continued his education through the music departments of Butler University,Ball StateUniversity and Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

    Mr. Wagoner is a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity,Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity and the National BandAssociation.  He has participated in the CIESC Teacher Leadership Academyand is listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." He has beenselected as an “Unsung Hero” by Fox 59 and has a chapter written about him in Charthousepublication’s “Schools of Fish!” by Phillip Strand. John Christensen and Andy Halper which isbased on the renowned FISH! Philosophy andFISH! For Schools.

    Bands under Mr. Wagoner’s direction have consistently received superiorratings on the concert stage. Throughout his teaching career, he has taken over120 separate middle school bands to compete in the ISSMA Junior High banddivision.  While teaching beginning band inAvon, Mr. Wagoner has started an average of 275 beginning band students peryear helping to grow the current instrumental music program in Avon to over 1100 students.   

    Professional performance affiliations for Mr. Wagoner include the Indianapolis Brass Choir, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, The JazzTorino, The Westwinds Big Band, The New Ventures Big band, Blue ThunderEntertainment and Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Park. Mr. Wagoner, and his lovely wife,Karen, reside in Avon, Indiana. Karen is currently the band director at AvonMiddle School South. Rick and Karen have two children, Abigail and Isabel.

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