Concert association names new director

MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Concert Association has named retired teacher Tom Walters as its new band director.

Walters retired in 2016 after 38 years of public school teaching and arts administration. He taught middle school and high school bands and choirs, as well as classroom music, most recently in Massachusetts, completing his career with 10 years as K-12 Director of Fine Arts for the Methuen Public Schools. Walters was director of the award-winning Methuen Ranger Marching Band during his time there, as well as conducting the Symphonic Band and the Ranger Jazz Ensemble. In addition, he taught graduate education courses at Endicott College and has been a frequent festival adjudicator and clinician.

He is completing a two-year term as president of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, having served as All State Concert chairman and as treasurer. He is the 2013 recipient of the Lowell Mason Award for Excellence in Music Education, and the 2006 Richard Gorman Award at North Andover High School for contributions to the school community.

Tom lives in Londonderry with his wife of almost 40 years, Susan, a retired elementary school principal. Their daughter, Elizabeth, lives in Washington, D.C., where she is executive director for a film competition festival, CINE.

The Merrimack Concert Association serves the greater Merrimack region with quality live music performances. They typically perform three times a year (winter, spring and July 3). The organization provides the opportunity to sing in an intergenerational choir, to dust off that old instrument from middle school or to meet new friends (or rediscover old friends). For more information, visit