Blue Valley West High School
Eric Banks is a music teacher in Olathe elementary schools and at Mission Trail Middle School. He has been a music director at Farmington High School in Michigan, Lee’s Summit North High School, and Olathe Northwest High School. A graduate of the University of Michigan and UMKC Conservatory, he holds a master's degree in Conducting (with Steven D. Davis), and undergraduate degrees in Music Education, and Tuba Performance (with Fritz Kaenzig). While at UMKC, Eric served as coordinator for the Wind Band Teaching Symposium and the Midwest Honor Band Festival where he interacted with conductors: Craig Kirchhoff, H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Rodney Winther, Ray Cramer, and composers: Michael Colgrass, Michael Daugherty, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Frank Ticheli and Jim Mobberley.
He has performed with the Fountain City Brass Band, the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, and Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble, and the UMKC Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble. Working with the Blue Valley West Bands since Summer 2010, he is excited to continue with this great program.