Director of Instrumental Music Studies
Morrison Fine Arts, Room 102
Garry Anders has taught instrumental music in Missouri for thirty years. He taught in Fayette from 1975-77, Odessa from 1978-81 and Grandview from 1983-2007. He is currently the director of instrumental music studies at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Mr. Anders received his B.S.ed in 1975 from University of Missouri-Columbia and Master of Music in 1978 from New Mexico State University under the direction of Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. He has received additional college credit from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Central Missouri, and Vandercook School of Music, Chicago.
Mr. Anders has directed marching, concert and jazz bands at middle and high school levels. He has been nominated numerous times as a mentor teacher by high school students attending the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Missouri Scholars Academy. He received “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” from Grandview High School in 2006. He is the recipient of the Phi Bet Mu "Charles Emmons Outstanding Band Director Award for 2008. Mr. Anders has presented clinics for conventions of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the Missouri Music Educators Association, and The Midwest Clinic.
While at Grandview, Mr. Anders' ensembles performed at conferences of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education in Minneapolis, International Association for Jazz Education in New York, “Essentially Ellington” at Lincoln Center, and The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.