Richard Mannisto, '95 music education
Director of Bands & Fine Arts Chairman, Wisconsin Lutheran High School
I transferred to WLC as a sophomore because it provided individual attention to its students and a caring, Christian community, both major aspects I was looking for in my college experience.
I wanted to be a band director since I was a junior in high school. I remember directing the marching band as a drum major and knowing that this was something I wanted to do for a career. The encouragement and guidance of my high school band director, Terry Treuden, who is now the director of instrumental music at WLC, was also a major decision in choosing music education.
My music professors at WLC and namely my trumpet professor, Dr. Backhaus, had high standards of personal excellence in the performance of music. They instilled in me the eternal quest for quality as a music educator and the fact that you never stop learning and improving throughout your life.
Following graduation, I completed my Masters of Music Education at VanderCook College in Chicago, Illinois. I went on to be a band director and music teacher at various public high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Southeastern Wisconsin. I am currently the director of bands and fine arts department chair at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
The WLC music program gives students the opportunity to make a difference as a Christian musician. WLC is truly in a position of preparing and enhancing the music of our Lutheran Church in the future, and students can be a part of future work in the Kingdom.