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Chris VanGilder

Band Director

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About Me

Educational History:

  1. Carthage Senior High School, Carthage, Missouri 1984
  2. Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri 1990    Bachelor of Science in Music Education
  3. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 2007     Master of Music, emphasis on conducting

Current Position:

I started teaching at Arkansas City High School August 1998.  I direct all areas of the band program at ACHS, marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band and other ensembles.  I also assist with band classes at Arkansas City Middle School.

Previous Position:

Lyman County School District, Presho South Dakota, 1990 to 1992  5 - 12 band

Cherryvale School District, Cherryvale Kansas 1992 to 1997 5 - 12 band

Hugoton School District, Hugoton Kansas 1997 to 1998 5 - 12 band

Family Information:

My wife of 31 years, Stephanie is also a teacher for USD470.  We have two children who are both graduates of ACHS and Kansas State University.  They are both married and we are lucky enough to have three wonderful grandchildren, two girls and a boy, with another boy on the way for October.

Chris VanGilder

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