Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Office: FAC 111
Dr. Craig A. Hancock is currently Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Wartburg College. His duties include directing the Wartburg College Concert Bands (consisting of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble) coordinating two dozen wind and percussion chamber ensembles, teaching all wind instrumental methods classes, instrumental conducting, upper level music education classes and supervising instrumental music student teachers.
Dr. Hancock holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance and music education from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and a Master of Arts degree in trombone performance and Doctor of Music Arts in band conducting from The University of Iowa. Previous college teaching experiences include Wayne State College (Neb.), Graceland College (Iowa) and Simpson College. Public school teaching experience includes three years in the Lamoni (Iowa) public schools, where he served as band, choir and orchestra director, which included directing the 1980 Class C State Jazz Band Champions. His marching band drills written for the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band have been performed at the College Kickoff Classic, the Holiday Bowl and the 1991 Rose Bowl.
Active as a performer, Dr. Hancock has played trombone with the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera Inc. as well as many chamber groups. Active also as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the area, he holds membership in Iowa Bandmasters Association, Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. Besides the extensive travel with the college's bands, he also is part of the administrative team with Iowa's Ambassadors of Music, a biennial 16-day summer tour of major European cities with nearly 500 Iowa high school band and choir students.
Dr. Hancock and his wife, Elizabeth, have a blended family of boys.