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Posted Date: 12/28/2015

School Band and Orchestra Magazine released their 18th annual list of Directors Who Make a Difference. Only 50 band and orchestra directors are named, one from each state. We’re proud to announce that Andover Central High School’s band director, Joe Emery, was chosen as Kansas’s outstanding director.

Mr. Emery has taught for 34 years and currently oversees 600 students in the ACHS instrumental program.

Below is Mr. Emery’s interview with School Band and Orchestra Magazine.


What is your proudest moment as an educator?

The moments that I am most proud are those when I see the students really beam from their success in a performance, or even a rehearsal. There was a time when after a state large groups performance when my band had played extremely well on a very difficult Bernstein piece, all three of the state judges made it a point to find me at lunch and remark on how beautifully and technically the band had played. This was after I had been advised against performing that piece by a different set of judges a month earlier. We talked it over in class and the students all agreed that we could prepare the Bernstein piece in the time left before state, and they agreed to put in the work to do it! Two college band directors who were in the audience that day found me after the performance and shared that they thought that was the best band in the state that day! Very humbling!


How do you hope to make a difference in your student’s lives?

I do all I can to be an example to my students of what it means to truly live with joy and enthusiasm, and that should be evident in everything that they do. If you are a great athlete or a brilliant science student, or anything else, then you have the capacity to be great in every other thing you do. Hold yourself to the highest standard possible and be great at everything you do, and enjoy it!


What’s the most important lesson that you try to teach your students?

I hope that the most important lesson I teach my students is how to be a good person, how to live your life so that it impacts someone in a positive way, and how to live in a way that makes you and those around you truly happy. The music will follow if you get the big picture in focus, I believe.