Dr. John C. Parcell

John C. Parcell

Title: Adjunct Professor
Company: Longview Community College
Location: Raytown, Missouri, United States

Dr. John C. Parcell, Adjunct Professor at Longview Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Dr. Parcell went into his profession because of the encouragement from his own high school music teacher, Marvin Albert Strattman. It was a small school; there were 76 students in his class, and his mentor’s words of encouragement really carried a lot of weight. In high school, Dr. Parcell sang and played the trumpet, and continued his music education in college where he was a double major in vocal and instrumental music. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northeast Missouri State University in 1967 and earned a Master of Arts a year later from Truman State University. With a lifelong love of learning ingrained in him, Dr. Parcell later earned a MusD in musical arts from the University of Missouri in 1990 and a Master of Science from Central Missouri State University in 2000.

Passionate about instilling a well-rounded music generation in children and young adults, Dr. Parcell began his career early on, working as the band director at Rich Central High School while still matriculating. From 1969 to 1972, he served as the band director of Tipton Community School, and continued at Maynard (West Central) and Carl Junction R-I Schools in subsequent years. From 1980 to 1982, Dr. Parcell was the choir director at Memorial High School, and then became the music and instrumental music teacher at Joplin R-8 from 1982 to 1988. From 1990 to 2011, he taught as an elementary music teacher in the Kansas City School District. In 1992, he also began teaching as an adjunct professor at Longview Community College. He remained in this position until earlier this year.

In recognition of his work, Dr. Parcell has received the Cowgill & Blair Incentive Award from the Southwest Missouri Teachers Association in 1986, an E. Kauffman Grant and a Music Across the City Award. His hard work and dedication to instilling musical value to young minds has also been aided by affiliation with Phi Kappa Phi, the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He has performed with the Blue Springs Summer Musical Orchestra and has been an assistant conductor for the Carthage Community Band. Furthermore, he was a cast member of the Joplin Little Theater’s production of “Camelot’ in 1983.

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