Eric D Staats


Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia
M.Ed. Leadership Studies
Public School Administration 
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia
B.A. Music Education
Instrumental Focus
Primary Instrument:  Trombone

West Virginia Administration Certificate 
West Virginia Teaching Certificate 
Music K-12

Professional experience:  

January 2018 -- Present   West Virginia State University
                                      Institute, WV
                                      Adjunct Professor of Low Brass

July 1, 2011 -- Present   Parkersburg South High School,
                                     Parkersburg, WV
                                     Director of Bands

July 2008 — June 30, 2011   Edison Middle School, 
                                          Parkersburg, WV
                                          Director of Bands
                                      Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Small Ensembles

July 2000 – June 2008:    Williamstown High School          
​                                      Williamstown, WV
​                                      Director of Bands
                                  -Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Small 
                                      Ensembles, General Music, Music Appreciation, Computer 
                                   -Numerous awards and superior ratings achieved in 
                                      West Virginia and Ohio
                                   ​-Students consistently placed in regional and state 
                                       honor bands

September 2013 -- Kanawha County Majorette Festival Field Competition
                             Charleston, WV
                             General Effect Judge 

October 2008 – 2010  —West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
​                                   Spencer, WV
​                                   Marching Judge
​                                   Parade and Field Competition

October 2010 -- Sissonville Marching Festival
                         Sissonville, WV
                         General Effect Judge

September 2001 – December 2004      Ohio Valley College,
                                                        Parkersburg, WV
                                                        Adjunct Professor of Trombone

August 1999 – June 2000   Cammack Middle School                         
​                                       Huntington, WV
​                                       Director of Bands
​                                       Concert Band, General Music, 

Additional professional activities

February 2001 – Present    Private trombone teacher

July 1999 – Present    Freelance Drill Design for marching band performance

June 2004 – June 2005    Band Director of the BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) All-Star 
Marching Band

June 1998 – June 2000    Low Brass and Drill Instructor for the Cabell Midland High School 
Marching Band

Performance Activities

“Trombonanza”  Professional Trombone Quartet

“Smoot House Band”  Big Band Jazz Ensemble

“Mountain State Brass Band”  Principal Trombone

"River City Jazz Ensemble" 

Freelance Trombone
“West Virginia Symphony Orchestra”  Substitute Trombonist
“Huntington Symphony Orchestra”  Substitute Trombonist
“River City Symphony Orchestra”  Substitute Trombonist

Additional Training

Advanced Placement Music Theory Certification 
West Virginia University, June 2001.

Professional memberships

National Education Association
Music Educators National Conference
West Virginia Music Educators Association
West Virginia Education Association 
West Virginia Band Masters Association

Awards received

2018-19 National Federation of High Schools:  Section 2 "Outstanding Music Educator Award"
2012 - West Virginia State Journal Generation Next:  "40 Professionals Under 40"
2006 – West Virginia Governor’s School For the Arts Faculty Position Finalist
2005—Wood County Teacher of the Year Finalist
2004 & 2010 – Guest Conductor of the Marshall University Middle School Honor Band
2001 – School Band and Orchestra Magazine “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” nominee 
2002 – 2008 – Williamstown High School “Star Scholar” Honored Teacher
2002 – 2004 – Williamstown High School Staff Member of the Month
Numerous marching and concert band awards over the course of fourteen years of teaching