Chris Sacco is currently in his 11th year at Ava, where he serves as the Associate Director of Bands and co-directs with his wife Sarah. His duties include: Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Middle School Concert Band, Middle School and High School Jazz Band, and co-directing the High School Symphonic and Marching Bands. His Concert and Jazz Bands have received superior ratings and top placements every year at various festivals. The High School Symphonic Band has also attained 10 consecutive superior ratings at their State Assessment. Mr. Sacco’s applied students have consistently received superior ratings at both the District and State level for the past 11 years. The overall program has more than doubled in size and success since Chris and his wife arrived in 2008. Since then, they have had students perform in the All-District Bands, All-State Band, Missouri Lions Band, Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Army All-American Marching Band, the Citrus Bowl, and the Bands of America Marching Band.
Chris is a two-time recipient of the National Citizenship Education Teacher Recognition Award as well as the Loyalty Day Award by the VFW. He is also a recipient of the John East “Spirit of Orpheus” Mentor Award for his work with young music educators throughout the South Central region of the state. His professional affiliations and memberships include MMEA, NAfME, MBA, MOAJE, and Phi Beta Mu. Chris currently serves as the SCMMEA Band Vice President, the Event Coordinator for the South Central Conference Honor Band, is heavily involved in the MMEA Mentoring Program, and is an active MSHSAA adjudicator.
Chris currently holds an Associate of Arts degree from Jefferson College, a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University, and a Masters in Secondary Education from Drury University. Outside of music education, Chris enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard in March of 2000, where he completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. While serving 12 years in the 131st Civil Engineering Squadron, he was active during Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, where serving in various locations throughout the Middle East.