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Matthew Banks to be Recommended as Kirkwood School District Director of Bands

Today, the Kirkwood School District announced that the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting will include a recommendation for the appointment of Matthew Banks as the Kirkwood School District Director of Bands. Since 2018, Banks has served as an assistant band director in Kirkwood schools and directed bands at Kirkwood High School and both middle schools. Previously, he served as a band director at Central Visual Performing Arts High School and in the Alton School District. The recommendation is pending Board approval.   


"We are excited to recommend Matthew Banks as Director of Bands and are confident he can continue the outstanding work our music program is known for," said Dr. Seth Harrell, principal at Kirkwood High School. "We look forward to watching our band program continue to succeed and grow under his leadership." 


Banks received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Illinois State University and received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from McKendree University.   


The current Director of Bands, Rebecca Friesen, announced her retirement earlier this year after more than 18 years with Kirkwood schools.