Bartow High’s Jon Eckman has been recognized as one of Florida’s top band directors.
Eckman is a 2021 recipient of the Oliver Hobbs Award, a prestigious honor given by the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA).
The award is only given to active band directors who have been FBA members for at least 15 years. Recipients must receive Superior ratings at least 75 percent of the time at district concerts and marching assessments.
Each school district is allowed one nominee for the Oliver Hobbs Award, and there are no more than four recipients selected by FBA each year.
“Jon Eckman has for many years had outstanding bands,” said Beth Cummings, PCPS’ director of fine arts. “Always innovative, he has shown dedicated leadership, especially during the trying times of this pandemic. We are very proud of all that Mr. Eckman continues to accomplish and are grateful for his service.”
Eckman said that receiving the Oliver Hobbs Award “means a tremendous amount to me.”
“Polk County has a long tradition of great bands and successful directors, many of whom are now retired and are considered legacies within the Florida Bandmasters Association. Being nominated by them, and then chosen to receive this award is a true honor,” he said.
“Music is what changed my life, and l want to reach as many students as I can and share the profound effect music can have.”