By Caitlin Bittner
For Prairie du Chien High School band director Matt Lenz, the summer is always busy with the plans for the new school year—what music will pump up the crowd at Homecoming, or garner the band high praise during the concert season? Luckily, he now has a new not-so-secret weapon.
In mid-June, Lenz was informed of his election to the American School Band Directors’ Association (ASBDA). “It’s an honor to be recognized by this community; it’s kind of the place to be,” said Lenz.
In order to be considered for election, Lenz was required to fill out an application about his teaching experiences and success of the music programs he has directed. Lenz also needed to receive the recommendation of three current board members. Chris Simonson, of the Riverdale band program, Matt Snow, of the River Valley band program, and Monte Dunham, of various band programs in Westby, all were willing to give recommendations on his behalf, said Lenz.