Nevada Music Educators Association
Dr. Eric Hammer is serving his twenty-sixth year as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. At Pacific, Eric leads the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert
Band as well as teaching courses in Conducting, Score Analysis, Rehearsal Techniques, and Band Development. He also hosts the nationally acclaimed Pacific Western Concert Band Festival, advises the Pacific Pep Band, and supervises student teachers. Additionally, Eric conducts the professional New Hammer Concert Band while maintaining an active calendar of guest conducting, clinics, and adjudication throughout the country.
Dr. Hammer’s background includes an Iowa upbringing, sixteen years of public school
teaching experience, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon. He has held many elected leadership roles including that of President of the College Band Directors National Association Western Division, President of the California Music Educators Association Bay Section, and Chair of Yuba County Arts Council. In addition to various professional organizations Eric holds membership in the Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has been recognized as the Conservatory’s Most Inspirational Faculty member two times and was the original recipient of Pacific’s “Golden Apple” Award as Faculty Mentor in recognition of his positive influence in the lives of his students and the University. In spring 2017 he received the Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator Award from the California Music Educators Association and was also elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Eric lives with his wife, Patricia, on a small farm in the wine country east of Lodi, CA.