Lincoln Middle School
Teacher – Band
Mr. Harden directs the Lincoln Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands. He also directs the Lincoln Holiday Brass, the Lincoln Middle School Marching Band, as well as teaching lessons to his students.
A native of Central Florida, Mr. Harden was employed at Walt Disney World for nearly 15 years, working as a student musician, a Guest Talent Coordinator with Disney Performing Arts, and as a host for visiting celebrities with Walt Disney World Guest Relations.
Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Mr. Harden was the band director at Haines City High School and then Daniel Jenkins Academy Middle School of Technology, both in Haines City, Florida.
His bands and students have consistently earned “Superior” ratings at district concert festivals and solo & ensemble festivals.
He has twice been nominated for the Florida Band Masters Association’s Tom Bishop Award and in 2010 was honored to be inducted into the American School Band Directors Association.
Mr. Harden serves as a board member for the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestra and volunteers his time as the coordinator of the La Crosse Area All-Star Band, a component of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.
Mr. Harden holds a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Mr. Harden’s professional memberships include the American School Band Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, and the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association.
In his spare time, Mr. Harden likes spending time with his wife Carrie, and daughters Isabel and Zoey.