Founded in 1991, the Buchanan Educational Center Orchestra Program serves the students of Buchanan High School and Alta Sierra Intermediate in Clovis, California. The program is comprised of four string orchestras and symphony orchestra with 170 students participating, grades 7-12. Under the expert guidance of founding director Mrs. Heidi Franklin, the string ensembles of Buchanan and Alta Sierra have consistently received superior ratings at festival throughout the history of the program. After Mrs. Franklin's retirement in 2017, John Lack assumed leadership of the program with plans to continue the Buchanan Educational Center Orchestra Program's strong tradition of excellence.
John Lack • Director
John is currently Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Buchanan High School and Alta Sierra Intermediate School in Clovis, California. His responsibilities include directing four string orchestras, symphony orchestra and assisting with the band program. He is also the program coordinator and drill designer for the Buchanan High School Marching Band.
Prior to his current position, John was the Director of Instrumental Music at Clovis West High School from 2007 to 2017 where he directed the Wind Symphony, Marching Band, and Orchestra and oversaw all other aspects of the instrumental music program. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony was invited to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in 2010 and toured the Pacific Northwest in 2009 and 2014. During his tenure, the Clovis West Marching Band was a 16-time Bands of America Regional Finalist, 11-time Class AAA Champion, 2-Time Regional Champion, and a 2016 Grand National Semifinalist. The ensembles at Clovis West consistently achieved superior ratings at festival.
In early 2014, John was selected as a Clovis Unified School District Crystal Award Winner recognizing exceptional district employees. He was one of only 36 winners selected from close to 5,000 employees. Clovis West High School recognized John as Visual and Performing Arts Teacher of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year and John became a member of the Conn-Selmer VIP Program in January 2016.
John has also been very involved in the drum & bugle corps activity. He marched with the Seattle Cascades in 1996, then the Crossmen in 1997 and 1998, receiving the member of the year award for the corps that season. He spent his final year of drum corps with the Blue Devils from Concord, California winning the 1999 Drum Corps International World Championship. In 2000 & 2001, John was the Visual Caption Head of the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps. He was the Brass Caption Head of the Spokane Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004 and the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005 & 2006.
John graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and completed his Master’s Degree in Conducting from American Band College of Southern Oregon University in 2005. He currently resides in Fresno with his wife Nicole, an elementary school teacher in Clovis Unified.