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The Band is Back in School

By Aly Wade


Satanta students returned to school looking forward to making music again. Davis Erickson, who recently graduated with his master’s degree in music from Pittsburg State, accepted the teaching position for K-12 music. Mr. Erickson grew up in a small town called Jacksonville, Illinois, with his fraternal twin brother and parents. He has lived in many different places in the Midwest in pursuit of his music education, saying that he has been a student of music for about 10 years.

Moving to Southwest Kansas has required some adjustment, but Mr. Erickson doesn’t mind. “The landscape is pretty and the countryside is flat. I’m actually living in Sublette right now, but you can stand at the grain elevators and see Satanta. That’s how flat it is,” he noted.

He continued, “The people have been really nice, and my coworkers and students have been very kind. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I am optimistic I am really going to like it here.” 

Mr. Erickson said that he had had a few offers to teach at other districts, but he felt Satanta was the best option. He stated he was excited to rebuild the music program from the bottom up, but there was another reason.

“I felt there was a great need here,” he said. He thought that his situation being unmarried and fresh out of graduate school presented the opportunity for him. “They [the district] were having difficulty filling the position. I could move out here, and it’s not that big of a deal for me.”

His decision to take the position offered lots of different options for students who once again have the opportunity to not only learn to play an instrument but also provide live music at home ballgames. Additionally, Mr. Erickson is teaching a concurrent humanities course through Seward County Community College for interested high schoolers. 

Mr. Erickson’s main goal is simple: “To just get a product onstage...so it’s a good musical experience for the students.” The entire community is looking forward to him reaching that goal.