New LAHS band director arrives

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By Kirsten Laskey

With a picnic table at Ashley Pond ladled with food, the Los Alamos High School band parents and students celebrated Zane Meek stepping into the position of the school’s band director Tuesday.

Meek replaces Dr. Charles Faulkner, who retired this year.

Before acting as the band’s director, Meek was a graduate student at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

He said he was attracted to Los Alamos because “I heard that the students and parents are very dedicated to the music program.”

When Meek interviewed for the job, it sounded better and better.

As the new band director, Meek said he hopes to revitalize the jazz program and increase the level of music participation in the program.

To celebrate having Meek on board, the members of the Band Booster Club, parents and students threw an informal celebration.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to hire someone so early in the summer,” said Ivanna Austell, band booster president. “I think he’s going to bring a lot of  enthusiasm and energy to the program.”  

Besides working on his master’s degree in music education, Meek worked for four years as an elementary music teacher in Oregon.

Regarding teaching, Meek said,  

“I really enjoyed working with young students … just making music with the kids and having a good time with it.”

He added, “I appreciate the  opportunity to work with the people of Los Alamos.”