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Pack Joins Music Faculty
 

Picture by Danielle Thomas
How It's Done  Lester Pack (center) instructs Brandon Simmons (left) and Jordan Gibson (right) on some music.
Danielle Thomas
Staff Writer  

   The University of Arkansas at Monticello appointed Lester D. Pack, formerly of Pinetree Schools in Congruen, Texas, as assistant band director, specializing in percussion, jazz guitar and bass.

   In addition to directing the band, Pack also teaches percussion lessons, guitar lessons and a percussion methods class for music education majors.

   Pack graduated from Henderson State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He then went on to receive his master’s in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Pack also studied composition and jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music.

   Not only is Pack a band director, but he composes too. He has published seven concert band compositions with four different international publishing companies.

   Pack and Gary Meggs, the director of bands at UAM, have quite a history together. They taught together in three Texas schools: Hooks, Paris and Henderson. Meggs seemed very excited to be reunited with Pack.

  “Mr. Pack is one of my very best friends, so I think it’s pretty good that he’s here,” Meggs said.

   Meggs said that some of their past experiences were kind of unusual.

   “One day, Mr. Pack and I were in a hurry to get somewhere very important for band. We had to stop and fill up Mr. Pack’s car with gas,” he said. “While the gas was pumping, we were dying of thirst, so we ran inside and got something to eat and drink. We jumped into the car, frantic to go, and we drove off without pulling the gas handle out of the car and pulled the gas line out of the pump.”

   Pack has experience in both military and core style marching. He and Meggs directed a 280-piece military marching band in Henderson, Texas.

   Pack said, “Mr. Meggs and I are both well-rounded directors. We’ve done both styles of competitive marching.”

   When asked about the UAM band, Pack said, “I love it! I think the band is really great and the students are really nice. I’ve enjoyed every second.”

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