Mr. 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 which include directing the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Orchestras, Symphonic Band and also teaches courses including beginning piano and world music.
Before beginning his tenure in Hartford, Mr. Hacker taught in the Waukesha School District and Waukesha Catholic School System.
Mr. Hacker began playing tuba at the age of eleven and is an active musician in the state of Wisconsin. He frequently performs on tuba, bass trombone and euphonium with a wide range of ensembles.
Aside from his playing duties, Mr. Hacker enjoys the privilege of serving on the executive board of The Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin and is also an assistant conductor with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra-Wind Ensemble.
In 2009, Mr. Hacker was invited to lecture on the topic of “Improvisation Through Folk Wind Music” for the international convention of Gauverband Nordamerika in Toledo, Ohio. He repeated this clinic at the 2011 and 2013 conferences of Gauverband Nordamerika and continues to make and study music within this organization.
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 2015, the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee named Mr. Hacker Music Teacher of the Year.
Having studied at Carroll University (BME) and Cardinal Stritch University (MS), Mr. Hacker holds degrees in Music Education and Educational Leadership. Mr. Hacker is a member of the National Association for Music Education and Association of American Educators.
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