Music education is a core part of a child's education and development. The Nick Leist Memorial Band Fund is a charitable fund that will help to finance band education at St. Paul. The fund's namesake, whom was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, sadly passed away earlier this year. Nick's lifetime of passion and dedication to music will live on through his fund, guaranteeing generations of St. Paul kids the opportunity to experience the beauty and magic of music.Please considering giving to help music education thrive at St. Paul Lutheran School.
Nick was a 1962 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He had a sincere dedication and genuine love for the thousands of vocal and instrumental students he taught during his 36-year career.
He taught at schools in Advance, Hayti and Caruthersville, Missouri. In 1968, he began a 30-year career with Jackson High School where he raised countless musicians who all claim to be his No. 1 fan. In addition to directing vocal, concert and marching band, he served 42 years as conductor of Jackson Municipal Band and was a guest clinician and conductor for many high school and All-District Honors Bands across Missouri and Illinois.
He had 27 years of 1 ratings at Missouri State Band Contests with Jackson High School; averaged 35 to 50 students in the SEMO All-District Band each year; and had dozens of students selected to Missouri All-State Band. Several of his former students are teaching music at high school and university levels, and several are playing professionally. His own words are, "My lifetime goal was to develop good consumers of the arts, not necessarily professional musicians." Certainly, he surpassed his goal.
Nick retired in 1998, at which time he received a KFVS Heartland Teacher Award. He continued to conduct Jackson Municipal Band until 2000. He had been a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson over 45 years, formerly serving as an elder, youth Sunday school teacher, and in various other capacities.
On November 7, 2015, a lovely evening of food, drinks, fun and fellowship will be had by all attending the dinner auction at Ray's Plaza Conference Center. Hundreds of items will be on display and available for purchase through silent and oral auctions. The proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade technology, provide curriculum additions such as foreign language and archery, new equipment for PE, science, music and playgrounds, and professional development. This night helps our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, our friends and ultimately our community by providing so much more than what is possible without you.
We hope you'll join us for this evening. Your presence and participation make a difference in so many ways. Your presence encourages those who have worked so hard to make this event possible and your participation shows the appreciation and support held by so many in our community. Finally, your fellowship means more to the people around you than you may ever know.
God's Blessings to each of you!
Amie Heck at (573) 382-2937
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