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Avon Schools Announces New AHS Director of Bands

Avon Schools Announces New AHS Director of Bands

Long-time Assistant Band Director Matt Harloff chosen to lead the Avon High School Marching Black and Gold into exciting future.


Avon, Ind. – Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) has hired long-time Assistant Band Director Matt Harloff as the new Director of Bands at Avon High School (AHS). He has been a fixture at AHS and in the Avon Band community since he joined the staff in 1996. His sweeping expertise and active involvement in multiple marching band organizations have garnered Harloff national respect. He is the natural choice to continue the Marching Black and Gold’s tradition of excellence and to lead them into an exciting future, which includes preparations to march in the 2024 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“Matt Harloff has been an integral part of the band program’s excellence over the past two decades,” says AHS Principal Matt Shockley. “He knows how and why the Avon band program is so respected in Indiana and across the country. It is because of our hard-working and dedicated students, talented staff, and supportive families. He brings the expertise, leadership, and stability our program needs to continue its future success. I am thrilled to welcome Matt Harloff as our next Director of Bands and collaborate with him in the years to come!”

“It is always a wonderful thing when someone you know and respect ends up being the right person at the right time,” says Avon Superintendent Dr. Scott Wyndham. “Without a doubt, Matt Harloff has played a large role in the success of our band program for well over two decades. I cannot wait to see how the program continues to flourish under his leadership.”

Harloff takes the baton of one of the most successful high school band programs in the US. The Avon Marching Black and Gold and related winter ensembles have amassed well over 50 State Championships and nearly 20 World and National Championships over the last three decades.

Harloff earned his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Indianapolis and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition to his role at AHS, Harloff has extensive leadership experience as an instructor with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, a member of the World Guard International Steering Committee, a guest conductor with organizations like Bands of America, and a music arranger for multiple marching bands.

Band students and parents were informed about the transition today, and he begins immediately.

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About Avon Schools

Avon offers students high-quality educational instruction with a keen focus on improving student achievement. We serve 10,500 students from preschool to graduation in 12 schools (one early learning center, six elementary schools, two intermediate schools, two middle schools, and one high school). Our 1,450 employees dedicate themselves to the success of our diverse student population. Learn more at

About the Avon High School Marching Black & GoldCommitted to excellence, Avon Marching Black & Gold provides life-changing and world-class experiences for all students at Avon High School. Avon Bands have amassed well over 50 Indiana State Championships to go along with a growing number of Bands of America and WGI World Championships. Avon Marching Black & Gold performs and competes at the highest level available in Indiana and across the United States. The program gives all students a safe place to express their music and be their best through participation multiple ensembles. Visit to learn more.

Media Contact
Kevin Carr, Communications Coordinator
Avon Community School Corporation
(317) 544-6032

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