The man who has taught thousands of Kickapoo High School students passion for music will be taking his talents to downtown Springfield.
Drury University announced that Troy Peterson will be taking the position as director of the athletic band program, which includes a marching band, parade band, and color guard.
Peterson will begin with Drury after this school year, when he will retire after 28 years with the district.
“I am most excited about creating a contemporary marching band that can provide solid entertainment to any venue,” Peterson said in a statement. “Through this new ensemble at Drury, students will have another opportunity to do what they love – play their instruments – in an outstanding college atmosphere.”
Peterson has overseen the 230 Golden Arrow Marching Band since 1992, along with a freshman marching band, three concert bands, 75-member band for basketball games, and winter ensembles. Peterson also is the regional coordinator for Music in the Parks and the Music Summit at Silver Dollar City.
“We are thrilled that Troy will be leading this new venture at Drury,” Dr. Allin Sorenson, dean of the School of Communication & Fine and Performing Arts, said in a statement. “His experience and enthusiasm along with his passion for student success will bring a new level of excitement and energy to our music and athletic programs. In the true spirit of Drury Fusion, students from all across campus will be able to participate in this new opportunity as they fuse their passion and professional goals.”
Peterson will be starting the music program from the ground up, working to recruit musicians starting this spring with a full-time focus after his contract with SPS is finished in June.