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Congratulations, Jeff Marchant

Arizona Music Educators Association: promoting excellence in music education since 1939
CONGRATULATIONS Jeff Marchant for receiving
the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award
being presented at the 2017 AMEA Conference


photo of Jeff MarchantJeff Marchant fell in love with band at Buena High School under the direction of Rick Klein. He attended the University of Arizona with a trombone and jazz scholarship. While a member of UA's Olive Street Stompers the group was a finalist in the National Association of Jazz Educators' Collegiate Dixieland Competition. After college, he performed and recorded with the Itsy Bitsy Spiders, blues legend Sam Taylor, Crawdaddy-O Brass Band and Calexico, to name a few. Mr. Marchant marched with the Troopers drum and bugle corps and was a staff member and director for the Sunset Regiment drum and bugle corps in Tucson. He taught band and orchestra at Sabino High School in the Tucson Unified School District before accepting his current position as the Director of Bands at Rincon/University High School. Since moving there seven years ago, the program has grown steadily and won numerous awards for marching band, winning 4 Nunamaker awards in a five year span at the University of Arizona Band Day. The program has also won high honors in concert band, jazz, and winter drumline and color guard. The Rincon/University High School Band was the inaugural champion of the Arizona Marching Band Association in 2015 and Marchant currently serves as a board member for AzMBA.

I'm tremendously honored to receive this award. Looking at the list of previous honorees is like looking at the history of music education in Arizona. I am humbled to be included in that group. And I have to accept the award on behalf of all the amazing staff I've been fortunate enough to work with, both certified and not, marching band staff, color guard staff, and middle school directors that have provided me with so many great students to work with.

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