Originally from California, Lance Libby attended Cactus Shadows HS in Cave Creek, AZ where he graduated with top-10 honors earning multiple full-ride scholarships to college. While in High School, he earned many state and national accolades, performing as Lead Trumpet in the AMEA All-State Jazz Band and taking first overall in the AMEA All-State Auditions his senior year. He also attended the internationally prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp performing in their Jazz, Band and Orchestra programs. He was presented the camp’s highest honor, the Maddy Artist Award, for his superior performances. He was also selected by his high school to represent them at Boys State and the HOBY leadership seminar. Lance also competed at state in track and field.
Lance attended Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music in Ohio, graduating in 2005 with both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education Degrees. While at Oberlin, he performed in every music ensemble, and by his senior year, held principal trumpet assignments in the Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and College Band simultaneously. Mr. Libby also served as a graduate assistant trumpet teacher for two years to all college music majors. He began his conducting studies early and eventually was the assistant conductor of the Oberlin College-Community Winds for 5 semesters. As a featured trumpet soloist, he completed numerous recitals, performed regularly in Cleveland including performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2. In addition to his music studies, Lance expanded his cultural experiences. He lived in the college’s “Third-World House” for a year, spending time with fellow students from third-world countries. He also completed a teaching internship at the American School of The Hague, in Holland. During the summers, he lived in Maine and worked on staff with the nationally recognized music camp Encore-Coda. In his spare time Lance was a 2-time NCAA Academic All-American Bowler and completed local triathlons.
After graduation, Lance moved and taught for seven years in Arizona where he was Director of Bands at Horizon High School and Gilbert High School. At Horizon, Lance led the band program back to the State Contest and in the first time in 10 years they earned the Superior with Distinction rating with multiple captions. At Gilbert, his ensembles earned numerous distinctions including being nominated by Gov. Janice K. Brewer to represent Arizona in the 2012 National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C., taking third in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships, a Bands Of America California Regional Finalist, and placing in the top three every year at the State Marching Band Championships. In 2011, Gilbert finished State Runner-Up, winning the Visual and General Effect Captions. His program was also featured on Scott Lang’s Be Part Of The Band recruitment DVD available from GIA Publications (2012). Following a move to Texas in 2012, Lance is now in his fifth year as an associate band director teaching in WSISD, home of the Fightin’ Brewer Bears. In 2015, he was accepted into the Educational Leadership Graduate program at University of North Texas where he is pursuing his Principal Certification and eventual master’s degree in education administration. Lance has recently passed the principal exam and will graduate in May 2017.
Lance’s students excel in their creative and critical thinking skills and learn to believe in themselves through their preparation and performance. He makes it his goal, everyday, to share his passion for learning and its importance towards molding his students into leaders of tomorrow. Lance develops his students to become better people through the passion and dedication it takes to become a skilled and expressive student.
Away from teaching Lance enjoys spending time with his wife Elisabeth who taught in the social studies department for 12 years and also was the Student Council advisor, and their dog Tinker.