James R. Waechter came to the Ladue School District in 1987 and served as Director of Bands for the high school and middle school until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure he also directed the musical orchestra, was department chair for the Fine and Performing Arts Department, and was the district music facilitator. His dedication and leadership built the band program into one of the premier programs in the state.  In honor of his years of dedicated service, the Senior Class of 2011 began this award to recognize his leadership and tenure with the Ladue School District. This award, named in his honor, is presented to the senior or seniors who have actively participated in the band program and should be striving for excellence in themselves and others.  The students should take advantage of extra-curricular musical opportunities, encourage others to do their best, and demonstrate qualities that are similar to those of James R. Waechter. The award will also include a $500 scholarship toward the senior’s future education.

RECIPIENTS

Audrey Wang
Percussion
2017-2018

Kenji Sherman
Trombone and Euphonium
2016-2017

Matt Sewell
Guitar and Bass
2015-2016

Yoav Kadan
Trumpet
2014-2015

Kelly Jacobs
Flute
2013-2014

Collin Christner
Percussion
2012-2013

Sam Stelzer
Trombone
2011-2012

Saya Jacob
Flute
2010-2011