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Novi's veteran band director is Band Teacher of the Year
May 5, 2017


 

 

NOVI, MI - Mark Hourigan, the director of bands at Novi High School since 2002, was named District 4 Band Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association on Wednesday.

“This is a well-deserved honor and one that is long overdue,” said Jim Van Eizenga, a fellow music teacher at Novi High School. “Mark is one of the best band teachers in the state, and that shows every day in his classroom and in the quality of the band program here at Novi High School.”

The peer-voted award honors Michigan's elite teachers in music education.

The 49-year-old Hourigan has been in the Novi district since 1999 when he began teaching music to fifth- and sixth-grade students. Prior to his arrival in Novi, he taught at Elkhart (Ind.) Community Schools (1990-93) and St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Schools (1993-99).

Hourigan oversees the entire Novi band program, which includes three concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, percussion winter drumline, two winter color guards, and the marching band. Under his direction, the Novi bands have received numerous superior ratings at district and state festivals.

“I use music to teach life lessons - hard work, discipline, team work, responsibility, accountability,” Hourigan said during an interview in 2015. “Preparing the students for life is an important part of my philosophy and I have the opportunity to teach the same students for all four years of high school. That's very special. It's very rewarding to see the kids mature over the years and move on to college where they follow their passions in life.”

Hourigan, who graduated from St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School, earned Bachelors (1990) and Masters (2000) degrees in music from Western Michigan University.

He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, MSBOA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honors Society, and was elected the American School Band Directors Association in 2007.