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Lincoln County High School has a new band director at the helm going into the 2012 school year.
Kim Hass is beginning her 20th year working with high school band programs.
“We’re excited to have Kim on board,” said LCHS Principal Jacob Sorrells. “It’s our hope she’ll develop the program to one of the premier bands in the area. She brings great credentials with her and has the personality to work well with the kids and parents.”
Hass, originally from Scottsboro, Ala., received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Alabama and a master’s degree in education administration from Jacksonville State University.
Her accomplishments include Teacher of the Year awards in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001, The “Annie Weaks Award” in 2002 and Disney Teacher of the Year nominee in 2003.
Hass took the Cordova High School band from 37 members in 1997 to 180 members in four years.
She is a member of the Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference and the Alabama Band Association.
Assisting Hass are Jessica Chastain, visual coordinator and color guard choreographer, and Daryl Ailor, percussion coordinator.
“I’m excited to be at Lincoln County High School,” Hass said. “I just started last week, but everyone has been very friendly and seems to be willing to work. We went from about 30 Tuesday night in our first meeting to over 50 by the end of the week. Principal Sorrells has been great to work with, offering any support we need.
“I’m looking for us to continue to grow and continue to learn,” she added. “Our new show will be a jazz show entitled ‘Red, Hot and Blue’. I am truly excited to be a part of the Lincoln County band family.”