Northeastern Band Vision

The Northeastern Band Program is designed to help young people develop life skills while learning about music. It is our goal to help each person to become the best they can be. Besides learning about music, we also focus on teaching students about responsibility, respect and commitment. They also learn about teamwork and self-discipline. We hope that each student will experience life transformation, looking back on their experience in band as an important part of their life which helped them to develop character, integrity and moral values.

Staff and Stuff

Traci Ross

Traci is the director of our Damsels. Mrs. Ross has an exciting vision for the future of the Damsel organization. Traci has had several years of experience in teaching dance and color guard at Northeastern, Centerville and other local schools. We are very excited to have Traci joining our team!

Thom Crist

Thom is the Assistant Band Director at Northeastern. Thom received her BME from Ball State University. Thom taught music in Richmond Community School He enjoys motivating and challenging students to work hard and achieve success.

Dan Merkamp

Dan Merkamp has been educating musicians for over 20 years. His passion is helping young people to learn about life skills, while teaching them about music. This is his fourth year at Northeastern. He has also taught at Winchester, Hagerstown and Eastern Hancock. Dan got his BME from Butler University and his Masters from Eastern Kentucky University. Dan is married to Courtney and has four children, Paul, Emma, Lauren and Aiden. He is happy to be teaching at Northeastern and believes that part of his purpose in life is to help young people develop into responsible adults, while having fun learning about music.
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