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Michael Krofta the Oconomowoc High School band director will be representing the state of Wisconsin in the ¨School Band and Orchestra Magazines¨ 19th edition of, ¨50 Directors who make a difference.¨ The magazine is featuring the best music educators from all 50 states.

Krofta gives a statement saying, ¨My contribution to the High School is my consistency, I have been here for 26 years and I think that helps run the program. I know where the program has been and know how to keep the excellence striving.¨

Krofta studied music education and completed his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Later going on to earn his masters at Ohio State University in 1991.

He has also been recognized as The Grand Marshal in this year’s Christmas parade and was the WSMA Jazz Chairperson of the state in 2002-2004.

The OHS Wind Symphony has been the only Wisconsin band to perform at The Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis under Koftas conduction. The OHS band students have the privilege of performing in Walt DIsney World every 4 years.

¨This is my passion, I have always wanted to do this for as long as I can remember and I wouldn’t change it for anything.¨ said Krofta. ¨Watching the kids do well at competitions and performances is the recognition the program needs. I always want to make it as strong as I can. It was strong when I got here and it will still be strong for years to come.¨

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