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Eric Hammer, D.M.A.

Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education




B.M., University of the Pacific

M.M., D.M.A., University of Oregon


Dr. Eric Hammer served 26 years as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. He held a Bachelors of Music in Education from University of the Pacific, a Master of Music in conducting from University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Oregon. At Pacific, Eric lead the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band. He also taught courses in Brass Pedagogy, Conducting/Score Analysis, Rehearsal Techniques and Band Development. He hosted the Pacific Western Concert Band Festival, advised the Pacific Pep Band, supervised student teachers, and served on the Conservatory Planning and Priorities Committee. Additionally, Dr. Hammer maintained an active calendar of guest conducting, clinics, and adjudication throughout the nation. 

Eric Hammer grew up in Iowa. His experience includes sixteen years of public school teaching. He was President of the Western Division College Band Directors National Association and held leadership positions with California Music Educators Bay Section, Pacific Music Camp, the California Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Yuba County Arts Council. Dr. Hammer was a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Kappa Phi, California Band Directors Association, National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. 

He was honored twice as the Conservatory's most Inspirational Professor and was the original recipient of the University "Golden Apple" Mentor award for his positive influence on the lives of his students and the University.