The Elkhart Central High School 
Music Department

Elkhart Central High School has an excellent, well-rounded music department with course offerings for the non-performer as well as the performer. There are 14 music ensembles which enter the Indiana State School Music Association concert and jazz events annually, and during school years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 41 of the 42 groups entering received Gold ratings, with many earning Gold ratings in sightreading and with several earning "With Distinction" accolades! The ECHS Symphony Orchestra was named one of the top eight orchestras in the state of Indiana, performing in the ISSMA State Finals nine times in the past ten years, including 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Below is shown a representative from each ensemble with their group's plaque in 2015 (the Symphony Orchestra is represented with both their regular Gold rating plaque and their State Finals plaque).



The ECHS campus has three large music ensemble rehearsal rooms, a 16-station piano keyboard and computer lab (to see photographs, click HERE), twelve practice rooms,  and a 900-seat auditorium, as well as a dedicated practice field and tower for the marching band program.  To view the layout of the Performing Arts wing of the building, click HERE

2017-2018 Music Department class schedule

Click here to read descriptions of music courses offered for the 2017-2018 academic year

For further information about the music department ensembles and course opportunities for students, click on the links (colored text) below:

Bands Choirs Orchestras Non-Performance Courses
Blazer Brigade Concert Choir Symphony Orchestra Piano Keyboarding
Jazz Ensemble "Shades of Blue" Jazz Strings Music Theory
Concert Band Select Treble Ensemble Philharmonic Orchestra Advanced Placement Music Theory
Symphonic Band Blazer Chorale Chamber Orchestra  
Wind Ensemble Men's Choir Musical Pit Orchestra   
Winter Percussion  Ninth Grade Treble Choir   Music News!

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About the Music Department Faculty and Staff

The ECHS Music Department faculty and staff are all highly skilled musicians who provide ECHS students with a music education which will give the students the skills to continue their music enjoyment for life. 


ECHS Music Department Contact Information
To contact the ECHS Music Department faculty/staff via email, please click on the highlighted name below.
Laura Baier
Staff Choral Accompanist
Dan Burton
Assistant Band Director
(conducts Symphonic Band and Pep Band,
assists with ECHS bands, and is Pierre Moran Middle School Band Director) 
B.S., Ball State University, M.S., Southern Oregon University
Sean Cook
Assistant Band Director; Percussion Specialist 
(assists with ECHS, Pierre Moran Middle School,
and North Side Middle School bands,
directs ECHS Winter Percussion program) 
B.M.E., Indiana State University
David Elliott
Band Director
conducts the Blazer Brigade, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band,
and Wind Ensemble, and assists with the North Side Middle School
and Pierre Moran Middle School bands.
B.M.E., Butler University, M.M., University of Louisville
Lynne Gwin
Assistant Band Director
(assists with ECHS Bands and bands at North Side Middle School)
B.M.E., Butler University; M.M.E., VanderCook College of Music
Jeffery Hatfield
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras, conducts ECHS Chamber 
Orchestra, and is North Side Middle School Orchestra Director)
B.S., Central Michigan University; M.S., Indiana University
Kyle Miller
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is
Pierre Moran Middle School Orchestra Director) 
B.M.E., Indiana State University
William Niederer
Music Department Chair/Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," and Ninth Grade Treble Choir, assists with the Men's Choir, and teaches 
music theory and Advanced Placement Music Theory)
B.S., Indiana State University; M.S., Indiana State University
Jeffrey Reinert
Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Blazer Chorale and Blazer Boulevard Singers, 
assists with Concert Choir and Ninth Grade Treble Choir, 
and is Choral Director at North Side Middle School)
B.S., Indiana University; M.S., Ball State University
 Joshua Tyson
Choral Director
(conducts Men's Choir, assists with Blazer Chorale
and Blazer Boulevard Singers, teaches Piano Keyboarding,
and is Choral Director at Pierre Moran Middle School) 
B.M., Goshen College
Kyle Weirich
Orchestra Director
(conducts ECHS Jazz String Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, and 
Symphony Orchestra, and assists with
Pierre Moran Middle School Orchestras)
B.M., Western Michigan University; M.M.E., VanderCook College of Music



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