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Glendale Community College Director of Bands Bill Humbert Lauded as Arizona’s “Music Educator of the Year”

Master teacher filled void for music educators by providing leadership training workshops

Glendale, AZ – February 27, 2013 – William (Bill) Humbert, director of bands at Glendale Community College was lauded as Arizona Music Educator of the Year for 2012-2013 by the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA). The award was presented February 1 at the AMEA state conference in Mesa, AZ. The AMEA has been promoting excellence in music education since 1939.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching, commitment to students, service to community, mentoring of other music educators and services to the continued growth of music education in Arizona and throughout the country.

“This is the highest honor given to a music educator in the state of Arizona,” said Chuck Hulihan, director of the guitar program at GCC.

A band director himself, Humbert’s father made sure his son learned music early on. Humbert began conducting as a drum major in high school and in college. He received Bachelor and Master of Music in Education degrees from A.S.U. He began his teaching career at Chandler High School, where he taught from 1986-2000. Under his leadership as the high school’s director of bands, his ensembles consistently received superior ratings and top musical honors throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

In the 1990s, Humbert created classes and leadership-training workshops for students and teachers. “He filled a much-needed void for music educators in Arizona,” said Michael Miller, past recipient of the AMEA award. “He is nationally recognized for his work.”

After leaving Chandler High School, Humbert became director of bands at GCC, where he directs the concert band program, coordinates the instrumental music education program and teaches courses in conducting and music theory. Under his direction, the band program at GCC has more than doubled in size.

He also serves throughout the country as a clinician and adjudicator in the areas of concert band, marching band, jazz band and orchestra, and has held many leadership positions in The Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (ABODA). He continues to coordinate and participate in leadership and motivational workshops throughout the country for collegiate, high school and junior high school students. Other awards include the American School Band Director’s Association Distinguished Band Director’s Award and the George C. Wilson Leadership Service Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. 

About Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to approximately 32,000 students annually. The main campus is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale and the North campus is located at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road. Opened in 1965, GCC is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. In the 2012-13 academic year, the district celebrates 50 years of providing accessible and affordable higher education. www.gccaz.edu or www.maricopa.edu.

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Media Contact:  Janet Traylor, janet.traylor@gccaz.edu or 602-432-7390.