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Luke Skylar McHan will serve as the new band director at Dalton High School starting in August 2019 after the Dalton Board of Education approved the recommendation at their regular meeting on April 15, 2019.
McHan began his career as director of bands with Lanett City Schools in 2009. From 2010-2013, he served as the director of bands at Ider High School with Dekalb County Schools in Alabama. Since 2013, he has served as the director of bands at Susan Moore High School with Blount County Schools in Alabama.
McHan said he is excited to take on his new role as his values line up with those of the district. "My philosophy for education has always been that every student has a place they belong, and I believe Dalton High School has that same philosophy," he said.
Throughout his career, McHan has led concert and marching bands to superior and excellent ratings at state competitions, including a marching band state championship and two winter guard state championships, as well as several Best in Class awards.
McHan's educational credentials include his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and his master's degree in Band Conducting from Sam Houston State University. He has been a member of the Alabama Educators Association since 2007 and the National Association for Music Educators and the Alabama Bandmasters Association since 2009.
"The success Luke has shown at his current school in building a 6-12 band program will serve him well as he begins his new role at DHS," said Dalton High School Principal Steve Bartoo. "I'm excited to have Luke join us and look forward to seeing him lead our band program."