Eric Combs is a middle school band director in Olney, Illinois and is dedicated to helping his peers through his Sound Beginnings website and Thoughts from a Beginning Band Director Facebook page.
Eric Combs earned both his bachelors and his masters in music education from Eastern Illinois University. He has been a 6-8 grade beginning band director for 14 years in rural Illinois, and has worked in his current job in Olney, Illinois for the past 11 years. Mr. Combs' bands regularly receive perfect first superior ratings at contest. Under his direction, the band program has been named three years in a row a "Support Music Merit Award" winning school through the NAMM Foundation's "Best Communities for Music Education" program. Mr. Combs' and the RCMS band program was recently recognized in a regular session the United States Congress. Mr. Combs spends his free time providing free materials geared towards educators who are new to the field of beginner band directing, including his "Thoughts From a Beginning Band Director" Facebook blog, and his "Sound Beginnings Beginner Band Series" website.
A podcast featuring conversations with teachers, composers, and performers of music for winds and percussion.