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Newsmaker: Jack R. Anderson |

Newsmaker: Jack R. Anderson

Residence: Scott

Age: 59

Family: Wife, Peggy; daughters, Carrie, 32, and Katie, 30

Occupation: Director of bands at the University of Pittsburgh

Education: Bachelor’s degree in music from Pitt; master’s in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Background: Directs the varsity marching band, leads the pep bands at athletic events and conducts the Pitt Symphonic Band; has been with the Pitt band since age 2, when he went to his first band camp with his father, who was assistant director of bands.

Noteworthy: Received the Distinguished Service Medal in the marching band category from the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, a national band organization.

Quote: “The hardest thing for us today is to incorporate rap and some of the hip-hop style into marching bands, because some of today’s music doesn’t translate as well as music from the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s.”

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