Oskaloosa Schools Hire New HS Band Teacher

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The Oskaloosa Community School District has hired Luke Trainer as its next high school band teacher. 

Trainer, an Osky alumnus, brings a wealth of experience and passion for music education, making him an ideal fit to lead the Oskaloosa High School Band program.

Trainer’s journey in music education began after graduating from OHS in 2010, when he studied music education at Simpson College in Indianola. Following graduation in 2014, he embarked on his teaching career, initially joining Lamoni CSD. He taught band for grades 5-12 and choir for grades 6-12, while directing the jazz band, for five years. Trainer then transitioned to Pleasantville CSD, where he taught 6-12 band and directed the high school jazz and marching bands.

“I am honored, humbled, and beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead the Oskaloosa band program,” said Trainer. “Ever since I first decided to become a band director, it has always been a dream of mine to lead and give back to the program that gave so much to me as a high school student.”

Trainer says he looks forward to building on the success of the OHS band, which is currently under the guidance of Mr. Deprizio. He is also eager to meet and get to know the student musicians.

“Accepting this position has been quite the homecoming for me,” Trainer said. “It’s pretty special to have this kind of opportunity, and it is certainly one that I do not take for granted.”

With his first day coming up in August, Trainer is already diving into preparations for the 2024 marching band season, collaborating with fellow staff members and school administrators. His top goal is to continue to cultivate a culture within the band program that values effort, perseverance, and community.

“We are delighted to welcome Luke back to Oskaloosa,” said Mike Fisher, Superintendent. “His passion for music education and dedication to the community make him an excellent addition to our team. We look forward to the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on our band program.”

Outside of his career, Trainer enjoys fishing, building his record collection, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. He holds his family dear to his heart and has their example as a reminder to lead with love, grace, and kindness.

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