Title: Music Educator and Instrument Repair Technician
Company: J.C. Harmon High School
Location: Gardner, Kansas, United States
Robbin Jean Draper, Music Educator and Instrument Repair Technician at J.C. Harmon High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Intrigued by music from a young age, Ms. Draper often sang with her father while he played the guitar during her formative years. Beginning in the sixth grade, she enrolled in band courses, initially refining her skills with the clarinet before significantly learning six other instruments. Upon her high school graduation, she desired to delve into music on a full-time basis, particularly within the realm of education. She pursued an education at Mid-American Nazarene University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1975. In 1976, Ms. Draper accepted a position as a vocal music teacher at DeSoto Elementary School and Countryside Intermediate School, which she held until 1983.
From 1983 to 1995, Ms. Draper excelled as a band director at DeSoto Junior High School. She subsequently found success in the same capacity with numerous other schools throughout Kansas, including Lexington Trails Middle School from 1995 to 1997, Piper High School and Middle School from 1997 to 2002 and Rosedale Middle School from 2003 to 2007. From 2007 until her retirement in 2014, she worked as a band director at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kansas. During this tenure, Ms. Draper earned a Master of Arts in school leadership from Baker University in 2007.
Alongside her primary ventures, Ms. Draper was also active as an instrument repair technician for Olathe Band Instrument and Kapitan Band Instrument. Additionally, she was a member of the Kansas City Gospel Big Band, an assistant band director and band commissioner of the Bonner Springs City Band and a member of the Yakity Saxophone Quartet. Additionally, Ms. Draper is affiliated with the College Church of the Nazarene.
To remain aware of developments in music education, Ms. Draper has maintained her membership with the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association and Women Band Director’s International as an associate member. As a testament to her legacy, she was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students from Mid-America Nazarene University in 1974 and featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women. However, although her career has been abound with highlights, she is especially proud of becoming the first junior high band to be allowed to perform in the Kansas University Band Day Parade. Ms. Draper attributes her success to her versatility and knowledge of every instrument in the band.
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