Ed Pierce, Director/Conductor/Vocalist. Ed Pierce has directed the Palmyra-Eagle Community Band since 1994, the year after its founding. He is a 1971 graduate of WSU Whitewater with a B.S. in Music Education. In 2003 he was inducted into Wisconsin Band Masters Association, and in 2004 he was inducted into Phi Beta Mu Professional Band Directors Fraternity. He was Lebanon Band Director for 35 years, and the 2011 winner of John Philip Sousa Foundation's award for Most Historic Community Band with the Lebanon Band. He's been a guest conductor in 5 states, as well as soloist on four recordings of the 1st Brigade Band--Watertown, WI, an organization which performs on original antique instruments at historical events and community celebrations all over the state.
Ed is an historian of military music and was President of Heritage Military Music Foundation for 9 years, Soloist for Time-Life Music Civil War Treasury Collection and guest speaker and soloist for the Governors Reception for the Lincoln Bicentennial at the Executive Mansion in Madison, Wisconsin.
Locally, he is the founder of The Harmony Cornet Band for Old World Wisconsin and also directs specialty music programs for Old World. He directs the St. Paul's Lutheran School Band in Fort Atkinson, and has inspired many 5-8th grade students to strive for musical excellence, as well as inspiring us old students at the PECB! Mr. Ed became a published author in 2014 with his The Prairie Lawyer and the Clarinet Player: The Role of Music at the Gettysburg Address. He was named the 2014 Bandmaster of the Year for his distinguished work by his colleagues of state-wide band directors at the annual banquet at the State Music Convention.