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Erich delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2012

Erich currently serves as an Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director at Bentonville West High School. An avid performer, judge, and educator, he received his Master of Music degree with emphasis in percussion performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).

Erich has been teaching in public schools since 2012. At Bentonville West, his duties include directing the Symphonic Band, serving as the school’s percussion coordinator working with all percussion students including the Wolverine Marching Band drumline and front ensemble. While at the University of Missouri, Erich served as a University Band Graduate Assistant in Percussion from 2011-2013. During that role, He was the conductor of the 2012 Mini Mizzou Volleyball band as well as the composer and instructor for the Marching Mizzou Drumline. He was also given time to rehearse and conduct the MU University Band with Dr. Christopher Baumgartner.

As a percussionist, Erich has performed as the Principle percussionist with the University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and has been a member of the University of Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band. While at SWOSU, he performed as the Principle percussionist of the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble “A” and was the captain of the SWOSU Marching Band Drumline from 2009-2011. Erich was a member of the 2009 Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and is a regular member of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

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Associate Director of Bands/Director of Percussion/Director of Jazz
Aug 2016 - Present
Bentonville West High School

Band Director/Percussion Director
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Gentry Middle School/Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2011 - May 2013
University of Missouri

Student Teacher
Jan 2011 - May 2011
Mustang Public Schools


Master of Music - Percussion Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
University of Missouri
Bachelor of Music Performance - Percussion
Aug 2006 - May 2011
Southwestern Oklahoma State Univeristy
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2006 - May 2011
Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Education
Aug 2016
State of Arkansas

Music Education
Aug 2012
State of Missouri

Music Education
Aug 2011
State of Oklahoma


Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2013

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 2013

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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National Organization of Women
Aug 2012

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jan 2007

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Percussive Arts Society, The
Aug 2006

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Carl Mar 19, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Erich is an outstanding and inspirational musician and educator! I've performed with Erich numerous times, and I can vouch for his professional demeanor and artistic maturity. As an educator, Erich is one of the young greats, who has had great successes as a result of his efforts. Regarding private instruction, Erich is great at developing a personal curriculum, helping students achieve their goals, and maintaining a positive environment. I give Erich my highest recommendation. Book with Erich today!

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