Elkhart Central High School 
Music Department

Elkhart Central has an excellent, well-rounded music department with course offerings for the non-performer as well as the performer. The ECHS music department has received the All-Music (Total Department) Award from the Indiana State School Music Association for six of the eleven years the award has been presented, with the orchestral and choral areas fulfilling their criteria all eleven years.  This award recognizes the high level of performance and the diverse opportunities of instruction for ECHS students.


The ECHS campus has three large music ensemble rehearsal rooms, a 16-station piano keyboard/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.

For further information about the department and opportunities for students, click on the links below:

2013-2014 Music Department class and teaching schedule 

2014-2015 Music Department course offerings and facility photos

Band Information - Blazer Brigade (marching band), Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band

Orchestra Information - Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz String Ensemble

Choir Information - Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," Ninth Grade Women's ChoirMen's ChoirBlazer ChoraleBlazer Boulevard Singers

AP Music Theory - assignment schedule, online resources, course syllabus

Music News - news about ECHS music students' achievements

Some links on pages of the Elkhart Central High School web site (www.blueblazers.org) and music department web pages will let you leave the school district site (www.elkhart.k12.in.us).  The linked sites are not under the control of the school and/or district, and the school and district are not responsible for the contents of any linked sites or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.  The school and district are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the district.

About the Music Department Faculty

The ECHS Music Department faculty are all highly qualified educators 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 Telephone: 574-295-4743
Click HERE to view photographs of the ECHS music department faculty.

To contact ECHS faculty and/or staff members via email, click on the appropriate name below.

Laura Baier
Staff Choral Accompanist

Dan Burton
Assistant Band Director 
(conducts the ECHS Symphonic Band and is PMMS Band Director)

Molly Bush
Assistant Band Director 
(assists with ECHS Symphonic Band and teaches at
Beardsley Elementary School)

Michelle Campanello
Music Department Secretary

Sandra Carnall
Assistant Band Director 
(assists with ECHS Wind Ensemble and is NSMS Band Director)

Daniel Farison
Choral Director and Piano Class Teacher 
(assists with ECHS Men's Choir, Ninth Grade Women's Choir,

Blazer Boulevard Singers, and Blazer Chorale,
and is PMMS Choral Director)

Scott Garner
Band Director 
(conducts the ECHS Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, 
and Wind Ensemble and assists with bands at NSMS and PMMS)

Jeffery Hatfield
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is NSMS Orchestra Director)

Kyle Miller
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is PMMS Orchestra Director)
William Niederer
Music Department Chair
(conducts ECHS Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," Ninth Grade Women's Choir and Men's Choir, teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory,
and teaches a Piano Class)

Jeffrey Reinert
Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Blazer Chorale and Blazer Boulevard Singers, assists with Ninth Grade Women's Choir and Men's Choir, and is
Choral Director at NSMS)

Kyle Weirich
Orchestra Director
(conducts ECHS Jazz String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and 
Symphony Orchestra, and assists with orchestras at PMMS)

Click here for the music courses offered for the 2014-2015 academic year