Wind Ensemble Music Director Andrew Hacker is Director of Instrumental Music at Menomonee Falls High School and has held this position since 2020. Mr. Hacker maintains further community relations in higher education as an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and conducts the Moraine Symphonic Band at the Washington County campus. Previous teaching assignments were with Hartford Union High School. Waukesha School District, and Waukesha Catholic School System.
Mr. Hacker is an active musician in the state of Wisconsin and frequently performs on tuba, bass trombone, and euphonium with a wide range of ensembles. In 2009, he was invited to lecture on the topic of “Improvisation Through Folk Wind Music” for the international convention of Gauverband Nordamerika in Toledo, Ohio, and repeated this clinic at the 2011 and 2013 conferences. Mr. Hacker plays an active role in folk wind music in the Midwest and is the founder and musical director of Blaskapelle Milwaukee, a 20-piece European-style wind ensemble. In 2007 and 2017, the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame inducted him into the organization for the Youth Achievement Award and Youth Mentor Award, respectively. In 2015, the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee named Mr. Hacker as Music Teacher of the Year.
Having studied at Carroll University and Cardinal Stritch University, Mr. Hacker holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Music Education from Boston University. Mr. Hacker is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Association of American Educators.