Bolivar School District
Bolivar, Missouri
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Director of Bands

Stephen McClard

Stephen McClard has been the Director of Bands at Bolivar High School since 2002.  Mr. McClard graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1990.  He started his teaching career in Southeast Missouri before moving to Illinois where he taught band for 8 years. 

Mr. McClard's bands have consistently received superior ratings at contest as well as many other awards and accolades.  Since 2002, the band has traveled twice to Chicago, where they won 1st place class 4A and 1st place overall at the Midwest Music In the Parks Festival.  The band also traveled to Cincinnati in 2006, receiving the same honors.  Under the leadership of Mr. McClard, the program has expanded with the addition of the BHS Drumline, State Champion Vertigo Winter Guard (sponsored by Amy Becker), two Pep Bands and four Jazz Bands.

In 2006, Mr. McClard was named by SBO Magazine as one of the 50 Directors Who Make a Difference.  In 2006, 2008 and 2009, Bolivar RI School district was named one of the "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" in America by the American Music Conference.   Mr. McClard was previously featured on the cover of the 2003 issue of SBO Magazine for his work with music technology.

Mr. McClard maintains an online woodworking business and is a 3rd generation piano technician.  His woodworking creations include custom bass guitars which have sold all over the world and one-of-a-kind computer desks made from old pianos.  His piano desks have been featured in magazines such as Business 2.0 and Piano Technicians Journal and in many other newspapers and television news features.  

His first book, The Superior Educator, A Calm and Assertive Approach to Classroom Management and Large Group Motivation, is due out in Early July, 2009 and will be available on Amazon as well as many other book outlets.





Assistant Director of Bands

John Trew


The band program is proud to announce Mr. John Trew as our new Assistant Director of Bands.  Prior to accepting the job at Bolivar, Mr. Trew taught 6th - 12th grade band in the Marion C. Early school district where his concert ensemble received a Superior I Rating at District Large Ensemble contest in 2009.   Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Trew has produced strong musicianship in his students and developed an amazing small school band program at Morrisville.

John Trew has been teaching for seven years and is a percussion and stringed instrument specialist.  Among his many varied talents, Mr. Trew is also an accomplished composer and arranger.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Missouri and his Master of Music degree in music composition from Missouri State University. 

Mr. Trew performs in the Morrisville Assembly Praise Band and has played mandolin, banjo, and bass in several local bluegrass bands.  He has performed with the UCM Marching Band, Collegiate Band, Concert Band, MSU Orchestra, and Collegiate Singers.