Jack R. Anderson currently serves as Director of Bands at the University of Pittsburgh. His responsibilities include directing the Varsity Marching Band, leading the Pep Bands at athletic events, and conducting the Symphonic Band. He has been a music educator in Pennsylvania for 35 years leading band programs in the Corry, Greenville and Keystone Oaks School Districts. He has been involved with the Pitt Band his whole life, beginning at the age of two when he accompanied his father (who was the Assistant Director of Bands) to his first Pitt Band camp. Jack served as an assistant director at Pitt for nine years, and in 1995 he realized his life's dream by being named Director of Bands at the University.
In addition to these professional work experiences, Jack has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for PMEA throughout Western Pennsylvania, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with his bands. He also serves as the Director of the South Hills Community Concert Band, an adult band that performs primarily in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh.
Jack played in the Pitt Band in the late 60's and early 70's and holds an undergraduate degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Anderson is a member of many professional organizations including the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the following honoraries: Ormicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Mu Kappa Upsilon and Iota Beta Kappa. He was chosen by the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board as an "OUtstanding Leader" on Pitt campus and in 2001 he was named the recipient of the Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award, which, is presented annually to a college or university band director who has distinguished himself in the field of University bands.
Jack and Peggy, his wife of 35 years, met in the Pitt Band and live in Scott Township. They have two daughters, Carrie (29) and Katie (27) who are both graduates of the University of Pittsburgh and alums of the Pitt Band.