New director hired for DHS band

The De Soto High School band will see a new face atop the director's stand for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Board of Education approved the hiring of Emma Willis at its regular meeting on June 13. She will take the place of Dan Freeman, who is leaving De Soto for a position in the Blue Valley school district.

Willis, who student taught in the De Soto district before graduating from Kansas University in 2009, returns to the district after teaching at Morrison Public Schools in Morrison, Okla. While in Morrison, Willis was named Teacher of the Year two years in a row.

"We are excited to have Emma join our passionate teaching staff at De Soto High School," said DHS Principal David Morford in a release regarding Willis' hiring. "I am confident she will continue the tradition of excellence our students have achieved in our band program."

Members of the DHS band are set to begin band camp in July.


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