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Rob Hammerton, music educator etc.


Robert G. Hammerton received his Master of Music degree in music education from Boston University in 1998.  While at Boston University, he served as Assistant Director of Boston University Athletic Bands and Assistant Conductor of the BU Concert Band, and was awarded the Music Education Department Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalistic Studies (with a concentration in Music) from the University of Massachusetts in 1988, where he served as a Drum Major of the Minuteman Marching Band under the direction of George N. Parks.

Most recently, Mr. Hammerton has taught at Tahanto Regional Middle/High School in Boylston, MA. Previously, he taught music at all levels in the Uxbridge Public Schools from 1999 to 2012.  While Music Program Director at Uxbridge HS, his responsibilities included directing the Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Rock/Blues Bands, as well as teaching chamber ensemble, choral technique, music theory and appreciation and jazz history elective courses.

He has been Choir Director at Sudbury (MA) United Methodist Church since 2001; an instructor with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy since 1999; and a member of the music staff of Bellingham (MA) Children’s Theater (which premiered two of his musical theater productions, “Reality Check” in 2009 and “Pecking Order” in 2011, and will premier his third, “Reset”, in 2015) since 1999.

Previously, he taught music at North Reading (MA) High School and at the Boston University Academy.  From 2002 to 2006, he served as Director of Crusader Bands at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  In 2014, he served as substitute director of the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devil Marching Band.  In 2008, he served as Manager for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Symphonic Band.

His original composition, “Eight Anthems for Advent and Christmas”, based on poetry of Christina Rossetti and Madeleine L’Engle, was premiered by the Sudbury UMC music community in December 2013.  His composition, “On Hopkinton”, commemorating the retirement of Hopkinton (MA) HS band director Steven Yavarow, was premiered in May 2014.

Mr. Hammerton has arranged music for instrumental and choral ensembles from at all scholastic levels, elementary through collegiate, as well as for community bands and choirs.  He is primary arranger for the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, and has written for the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, University of Arkansas, Towson University, and Central Connecticut State University band programs.

His band arrangements have been performed at the 1993, 2002 and 2007 Bands of America Grand National Marching Band Championships, the 2003 Bands of America Regional Championships, and numerous NCAA men’s and women’s basketball and men’s hockey tournament games.  They have been heard on ABC, CBS, Fox SportsNet and ESPN national television broadcasts.

In 1998 Mr. Hammerton was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the national collegiate band service fraternity and sorority.  He is a member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, the New Hampshire Band Directors Association (NHBDA), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

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