Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Office: FAC 111
Dr. Craig A. Hancock is in his twentieth year as Director of Bands at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Prior positions include Wayne State College (Wayne, NE), Graceland College (Lamoni, IA) and Simpson College (Indianola, IA.) Hancock earned Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and trombone performance at Simpson, graduating magna cum laude. He earned a Master of Arts degree (studying with John Hill) in trombone performance and Doctor of Music Arts degree in band conducting (studying with Myron Welch) at the University of Iowa.
At Wartburg, besides administering and conducting the college’s top concert band (the Wind Ensemble), Hancock oversees the pep band, the second jazz band, teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons, an advanced conducting class, marching band and instrument repair techniques, and serves as the college instrument repair technician. With Hancock’s leadership, the Wartburg College Concert Bands program sponsors the annual Meistersinger Honor Band Festival (early February) and Band Camp at Wartburg College (a summer residential band camp.)
Under Hancock’s direction the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble has traveled the globe, from Carnegie Hall to London, Munich, Prague, Tokyo, Beijing and many points in between. As a trombonist, he has performed with the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera Company, the Graceland College/Community Orchestra, the Northeast Nebraska Sinfonia, the Wartburg/Community Symphony, and is principal trombone each summer in the Waterloo Municipal Band. In addition to his conducting and teaching, he is active as a clinician, adjudicator, festival conductor and low brass performer. A past board member of the Iowa Bandmasters Assocation, in 2000 Hancock received the Wartburg Student Senate Award for Teaching Excellence (and has been a finalist for the award too many times to list), and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Dr. Hancock has also served as President of the Waterloo Municipal Band Board; and Past-President, current Board Member, and President-Elect of the Waverly Lions Club. Hancock has served as a Boy Scout leader in each community in which he has resided, and (as a licensed minister) serves his local church as the Associate Pastor. Hancock and his wife Elizabeth have a blended family of boys, ages 36, 34, 30, 20 and 18.