Andrew Hacker is the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartford Union High School and has held this position since 2015. He leads all aspects of the band and orchestra programs and teaches beginning piano. Before beginning his tenure in Hartford, Mr. Hacker taught in the Waukesha School District and Waukesha Catholic School System.
Mr. Hacker began playing tuba upon entering middle school in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He is an active musician in the state of Wisconsin and frequently performs on tuba, bass trombone, and euphonium with a wide range of ensembles. Mr. Hacker enjoys the privilege of serving on the executive board of The Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin and is a conductor of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra-Wind Ensemble. In 2009, he was invited to lecture on the topic of “Improvisation Through Folk Wind Music” for the international convention of Gauverband Nordamerika in Toledo, Ohio, and repeated this clinic at the 2011 and 2013 conferences. Mr. Hacker plays an active role in folk wind music in the Midwest and is the founder and musical director of Blaskapelle Milwaukee, an 18-piece European-style wind ensemble. In 2007 and 2017, the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame inducted him into the organization for the Youth Achievement Award and Youth Mentor Award, respectively. In 2015, the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee named Mr. Hacker as Music Teacher of the Year.
Having studied at Carroll University and Cardinal Stritch University, Mr. Hacker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Music Education from Boston University. Mr. Hacker is a member of the National Association for Music Education and Association of American Educators.
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