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Mr. Samuel (Buddy) Gudger is the Music and Arts Educational Representative for the Asheville area. Buddy recently retired from Hendersonville Middle School after teaching band for 32 years. Mr. Gudger received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill College and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University. He started his teaching career in southeastern North Carolina teaching band in Duplin and Brunswick Counties. During that time, Mr. Gudger served on the Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Southeastern District Bandmasters Association. Buddy was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1996-1997 for South Brunswick High School.
In the fall of 2000, Mr. Gudger returned to his hometown of Asheville and began teaching at Hendersonville Middle School. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006. In addition, Mr. Gudger is a recipient of the North Carolina Award of Excellence for the Western District Bandmasters Association in 2009. In November 2014, under Mr. Gudger’s direction, the Hendersonville Middle School 8th Grade Band performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. Mr. Gudger is a member of the American School Band Directors Association. He plays trumpet in the Asheville Community Band, sings with the Montmorenci United Methodist Church Choir and the Hominy Valley Men’s choir. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Candler, North Carolina, with their daughter Celia.
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