Musician of the Month for November 2016

Lindsey Duggan, Percussion

Lindsey Duggan is the Director of Bands at Independence Middle School. This is her second year at IMS. She holds the Masters of Music Education degree from Old Dominion University. During her time at ODU, she was a staff member with the ODU Marching Monarchs and a graduate conductor of the ODU Wind Ensemble. She holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mrs. Duggan has four years of experience teaching high school band in the public schools of North Carolina and Virginia.   She is a percussionist with VWS.


Q:  You have taught music at the high school and middle school levels.  Which do you enjoy the most and why?

Lindsey:  I taught at Currituck High School then Havelock High School and now I am currently working at Independence Middle School. I believe each level has proven its unique challenges, as well as enjoyable moments. Teaching high school band is a time commitment that involves dedication and an immense amount of passion. If you are going to be at the school 10 - 14 hours a day then you must enjoy the time that you are spending there. The students are much more independent in high school and are a huge resource when you need “all hands on deck.” Teaching middle school requires more patience and energy to keep up with the needs of the students. Middle school students are not as independent and require more facilitation. However, they are incredibly impressionable, enthusiastic, and super goofy! My days in middle school are more like 8 – 10 hours a day, which gives me more time with family.


I would say that teaching high school was more of a physical task while middle school is more mentally challenging. I have enjoyed teaching both levels and love hearing from students I have taught in the past, whether they are in high school, college, or are career professionals.

Q:  How long have played with the VWS?

Lindsey:  This is my third year playing percussion in the Virginia Wind Symphony.


Q:  With your busy schedule, why do you play with the VWS?


Lindsey:  Teaching every day is a fantastic job but the chance to express myself through performance elevates my love for music. It also keeps my playing skills “fine-tuned” so that I can play with my students and be a role model for them. It is also a nice break to be the player instead of the teacher. Rehearsals enable me to learn from one of the country’s finest conductors…every week!


Q:  What are your hobbies?  What do you do in your spare time?

Lindsey:  I recently married Jonathan Duggan, band director at Bayside High School. We have been enjoying our new marriage and “adulting” together these past few months. We even added a pitbull puppy to the mix! In our spare time we spend it with family, go to amusement parks, and in the summer we enjoy the beach and “grilling out”. In the winter we enjoy the comfort of our home with Netflix and our loveable puppy, Tess.

To learn more about Lindsey, click here.