Title: Teacher, Band Director
Company: John F. Kennedy Middle School
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Charles A. Hunter, Teacher and Band Director at John F. Kennedy Middle School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Since he was six years old, music has been the focal point of Mr. Hunter’s life. As he grew in age, he joined his junior high school and high school bands, along with an outside band group, which fueled his passion for music. Mr. Hunter went on to achieve an undergraduate degree in music education, spent 20 years in automobile finance, and in 1996 earned a Master of Arts from Norfolk State University. Today, he serves as a distinguished teacher and band director at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Suffolk, Virginia, teaching sixth, seventh and eighth graders. In his role as band director, Mr. Hunter not only teaches children how to play music, but also is responsible for inventory on instruments, keeping up with band uniforms, organizing a music library, ordering supplies and arranging field trips.
Mr. Hunter holds membership with the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and Broadcast Music International. Looking back on his career, Mr. Hunter’s most notable achievement has been seeing his students pursue professional careers in music performance and music education and earning first place in concert championships. He attributes his success to his tenacity and his bravery to follow his heart, which is the advice he can offer aspiring music educators. He would also advise them to observe the role and understand its needs before making a commitment, as it is not for everyone. In five years, Mr. Hunter hopes to be settles into retirement and to continue composing his own musical scores.
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