Hands named outstanding young bandmaster

GARDEN CITY — Casey Hands, Garden City Community College Director of Bands, has been named the 2019 Outstanding Young Bandmaster by the Kansas Bandmaster’s Association (KBA). 

The award will be presented to Hands on July 19 at the KBA Convention in Wichita. The Outstanding Young Bandmaster award is presented annually by the KBA and the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. The award is distinguished by its presentation to a bandmaster who has taught for less than seven years.

Hands began his teaching career at GCCC in the fall of 2013 as the Athletic Band Director. He moved into the Director of Bands position in July of 2015 and since that time has made some major improvements to the band and music programs at GCCC, including proposing and developing the only marching band at the community college level in Kansas.

GCCC’s marching band made its debut, under Casey’s direction, in the fall of 2016, and has grown since that time. Hands recently completed his Master’s degree in Music at Fort Hays State University, and holds a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Music from Kansas State University. 

Hands will deliver a speech at the KBA Convention that includes some advice for success in any undertaking.

“When you try to do everything by yourself, you almost always fail,” he said. “For me, it is not an award that just I have won, because I have always had people backing me up and helping me, and I think that what makes you successful and able to accomplish things like this and do things like this is if you are always willing to take help when it is offered and always willing to work with people.”

Hands was nominated for the KBA award by Paul White, his former high school band instructor and active KBA member.

The Kansas Bandmaster’s Association is a statewide organization for anyone interested in band. Its members represent educators and band enthusiasts from both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Each year, the organization partners with Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters’ fraternity, to honor an Outstanding Young Bandmaster in Kansas, through a nomination process.   

For the past three years, a bandmaster from western Kansas has been named as a recipient for the award.

For more information about KBA, visit www.kansasbandmasters.com