Our Director

Mr. Terry Hathaway was born in Muskegon, Michigan, was raised in Oshkosh and graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1965. He received his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1969 and 1975 respectively.

A teacher for 37 years, he was director of bands in Tomahawk, Wisconsin from 1969 to 1972, Lourdes High School, Oshkosh, from 1972 to 1988, Oshkosh North High School from 1988 to 2002, Oshkosh West High School from 2002 through spring of 2006 and is the charter director of the Oshkosh Area Community Band (beginning in spring of 1987). His band's have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush Sr, and Ronald Reagan. The community band also performed for President George Bush Sr.

He is a past adjudicator, clinician and solo/ensemble music reviewer for the Wisconsin School Music Association. He is also a past member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, National Education Association, National Music Educators Association and National Bandmasters Association.

He served as Music Department Head every year he taught, and was a member of the Joint High School Curriculum Committee, Site Council at North and West High Schools, and a Building Representative for the Oshkosh Education Association. As a Visiting Evaluator for Accreditation of the North Central Association Consortium, he reviewed high school music departments as part of their high school's accreditation process.

He has played French Horn in the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Oshkosh Civic Band, Appleton City Band, Fond du Lac City Band, Omro Community Band, Berlin Community Band and doubled on French Horn and Trumpet for the Miss Wisconsin Pageant Orchestra.

In 1975 he was initiated as a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi, an Honor society in Education and was named in Who's Who in Wisconsin in 1975. Terry was selected as a recipient of Who's Who Among American Teachers on six separate occasions and has been inducted into the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers for Exceptional Performance in the Motivation and Empowerment of Today's Youth on two different occasions. Mr. Hathaway's name is inscribed on the Recognition Wall at Lourdes High School as an individual that had made a significant impact on the Unified Catholic Schools System. He was nominated for recognition in Disney's Outstanding Educator program in 1999, and was selected as a Rudoy Foundation Recipient for "Excellence in Teaching" in the spring of 2006. In the spring of 2014, he was inducted into the Oshkosh West High School Music Wall of Fame as an Oshkosh High School alum and music educator.

Mr. Hathaway retired from teaching in the spring of 2006 and is excited to be able to continue as director of the Oshkosh Area Community Band.