Bethany College has hired Sid Showalter to join the music department as assistant professor and director of bands. Showalter has more than 40 years of teaching experience with the past 27 years at Hutchinson High School where he served as head band director, music department chair, and instrumental music facilitator.
“We are lucky to gain a colleague like Sid Showalter,” Professor Mark Lucas, co-chair of the Bethany music department, said. “His experience in teaching public school band at a high level will be a very strong asset to our program as we continue working toward being the place young men and women go to learn how to be music teachers.”
During his tenure at Hutchinson High School, Showalter developed a program that included a marching band of more than 200 members, three concert bands, two jazz bands, and a volunteer basketball pep band in which more than 100 students participated. The Hutchinson ensembles gave over 50 performances each school year and maintained a tradition of excellence that consistently earned Division 1 ratings at marching festivals and state large group contests. While teaching at Hutchinson High School he was selected as USD 308’s Secondary Teacher of the Year through the Kansas State Teacher of the Year Program in 2006, and as The Davis Foundation Secondary Educator of the Year in 2008.
“Sid brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to build the instrumental ensembles at Bethany,” Professor Dan Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany music department, said. “What he will offer to our many music education majors will benefit them greatly as they prepare and enter the field. We are glad to have him as part of Bethany’s music program.”
Showalter is also an active concert band clinician and judge, as well as a marching band drill designer and adjudicator having judged in Kansas, Missouri, and Western Illinois through his association with the Judges Association of Mid-America. He served for many years as conductor for the Silver Band at the High Plains Band Camp held each summer at Fort Hays State University and was involved with the Kansas Lions Club State and International Bands as French horn instructor.
“Professor Showalter will be such an asset for Bethany and the Lindsborg community,” Adam Keller, Smoky Valley band director and member of the search committee, said. “His experience is second to none and, having worked with him in the past, I know the current and future Swede band members will have an amazing experience being a part of his band program. I can’t wait to work with him and for him to work with my ensembles here at Smoky Valley.”
After moving to Hutchinson, he directed the Emanuel Lutheran Church Choir for six years before serving for many years as principal horn in the Hutchinson Symphony. He has always been involved artistically with his communities; singing in church choirs, acting in summer theatre and playing in municipal bands and civic symphonies. He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and his master’s degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.