History & Past Programs
Past Middle School Band Directors
Mark Sieger ?-2012
Elmer McLaughlin (“Mac”) - 1933-
- Elmer McLaughlin (“Mac”) began teaching band for the school district in 1933. He started the first high school orchestra and taught vocal classes. Under his guidance, high school bands earned 1st place ratings in Class A Wisconsin School Music Association festival competition for 15 years. In 1962 his band was named Outstanding Band in Wisconsin and he was awarded the Governor’s Trophy. His mixed chorus and boys’ and girls’ glee clubs earned Class A first division ratings for many years. In 1978 the DeForest Chamber of Commerce named him Person of the Year. He was inducted into the 2004 Norski Walk of Honor. The DeForest High School band dedicates their final concert of each year to him (Elmer McLaughlin Band Concert).