Every year teachers, coaches, and administrators change throughout school districts across the area. Something that one district has not seen in their band program is a change of director. For the past seven years, Lucas Davis has been the Band Director for the Hackett School District.
Davis, who plays the trumpet, grew up in Fort Smith and attended Southside High School. He went on to get his Bachelors in Music Education at Arkansas Tech University. After job searching for a few years, he was hired by Hackett School District to oversee their band program in 2012. Since then, Davis has been hard at work pushing his students to be the best that they can be.
When asked why he chose to be a band director Davis said, “I really enjoyed my time in the high school band.” In his free time, Davis runs with his wife and races drones. He also is a member of the Grand Avenue Baptist Church orchestra and the River Valley Community Band. A fun fact about Davis is that he was born in Germany and he is blind in his right eye.
At Hackett, Davis teaches Elementary Music, 6th Grade Band, Intermediate Band, General Music, and High School Band. Last year the High School Band was awarded 1st Division at Marching and Concert Assessment, earning their first Sweepstakes Award. They also placed 4th at the Dale Bumper Marching Contest and 2nd at the State Marching Contest while earning numerous awards for drum major, percussion, and color guard.
Last year was very successful for the Hackett Band. But with almost half the band freshmen and no seniors, Davis’ goal for this upcoming school year is to rebuild and keep expectations high. But Davis did say that “This group is dedicated.” So we can expect to hear a great show from the Hackett High School Band this year.