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L. Raymond Linville
2016 Kansas Master Teacher
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Ray Linville has an objective in teaching students how to perform music, “I hope they… experience the deserved pride from a job performed very well.”
“The process we have taken together… is what I value as important not the trophy at the end,” he states.
Linville graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s of music education from The University of Kansas and earned his master’s in conducting from Southern Oregon University in 2005. He taught in Neodesha, Iola, Hesston, and Pratt before coming to Andover in 2001.
Providing instrumental instruction in grades 5-12 at five separate buildings with class sizes as high as 100-200 students, the students and bands under his direction continually receive superior rankings in competitions.
Linville takes rambunctious 10-year-olds, who think band will be an easy extracurricular activity and make their parents cringe during practice, and turns them into teenagers willing to wake up early for practice, volunteer time before school and community events, give up portions of summer, and – for one former student – qualify for master classes taught by Wynton Marsalis and Jon Lewis.
Described as “classroom trendsetter who generously shares his knowledge,” “exceptionally patient and kind,” and “dedicated, selfless, kind-hearted, funny,” Linville “knows his students both personally and musically in selecting music to match their strengths.” And, once every four years, he organizes and leads the band to perform at a national bowl game and parade. As one parent summed it up, he has the “patience of a saint.”
In the last 15 years, the band has increased from less than 50 to nearly 200 students – meaning 25% of all Andover High students are in the band. Encouraging leadership and collegiality, his influence is evident in the band’s chant before a marching performance: “What time is it? Band time! One family, one sound!”
The music program itself is a service to the community of Andover. Students perform at retirement homes, at the Veteran’s Day events, march in the Greater Andover Days parade, lead charity runs, and perform jazz in the park during the fall festival. Linville volunteers to perform Taps at military funerals when an active-duty musician is not available. He has honored veterans at 16 such events in the last three years.
“He taught me so much more than how to play with the correct intonation and the proper posture,” said one former student. “I didn’t cry when I graduated high school. I cried when I performed on stage for the last time under the guidance of one of the greatest teachers, role models, and friends of mine.”