L.J. Hancock served as Band Director at Norwin Senior High School from 1976 until 2001 and acted as Music Department Chairman for several years. Prior to serving as High School Band Director, Mr. Hancock served two years as an elementary and junior high school band director. Under Mr. Hancock’s directorship, the Norwin High School Band rose to National Acclaim, including winning the 1982 Bands of America Grand National Championship and several Regional Championships, and received the Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield International Award for Musical Excellence.
In 1983, Mr. Hancock accepted a position at Duquesne University as Adjunct Professor of Music. At Duquesne, Mr. Hancock taught Marching Band Methods to prospective music educators.
L.J. was an integral part of Bands of America for more than two decades. Thousands knew and loved him as camp director at the MFA Summer Symposium, a position he held in 1989. He also served for many years on BOA’s Advisory Boards.
Mr. Hancock dedicated his entire life to educating and creating opportunities for all students. He was awarded the Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He was recently named a “Lowell Mason Fellow” by NAfME, The National Association for Music Education, at a ceremony in Washington D.C. He was the recipient of a Citation for Teaching Excellence by Duquesne University, named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, named to Outstanding Men of America, and named the 2001 Outstanding Educator of Norwin High School. He is also the recipient of a “Mouseker,” Disney Corporation’s Highest Award recognizing outstanding people.He was a 1970 graduate of Norwin High School and a 1974 graduate of Gettysburg College. L.J. was a leader in the activity and beloved by his colleagues, students and admirers across the country.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hancock influenced thousands of students, educators, and musicians. His example inspired many of his students to pursue careers in music.