LAHS band director gets ready for next stage in life

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By Kirsten Laskey

What made Los Alamos High School band director Dr. Charles Faulkner choose a career in teaching music? “My trig (trigonometry) grade,” he said.

Faulkner was a senior in high school and up until that point he planned to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

With his plans in limbo, Faulkner said one of his band instructors recommended going into the music field.

However, Faulkner said he did not have a scholarship to help him get into a music program in college. Another band instructor came to his rescue by making a call and securing a scholarship at West Texas State University.

“And I’ve been very happy with that choice,” Faulkner said. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

This choice kicked off a 43-year career in education. But when the bell rang on Friday to conclude the school year, it also wrapped up Faulkner’s career in teaching.

He spent only two years at Los Alamos High School, but along with the band, achieved a lot, including winning the state championship at the New Mexico Activities Association State Concert Band Contest on April 24 at Los Lunas High School.

He credited the parents and the students’ support for a successful two years.

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