Sharon Freeman Laird was appointed Assistant Director of Athletic Bands in the fall of 2019. Laird will assist with the 475–member Blugold Marching Band, the Varsity State Band, supervise the Blugold Basketball Pep Band, and assist in every phase of planning for one of the nation’s largest marching programs.
Prior to her appointment at UW-Eau Claire, Laird spent 20 years as Director of Bands at Oak Grove (MS) High School where she directed one of the state’s largest band programs. In 2017, the Warrior Marching Band won the MHSAA/MBA 6A State Marching Championship and in 2018 the program was awarded the ASBDA Award of Excellence and under Mrs. Laird’s direction the band program earned the MHSAA Sweepstakes Award every year since the award’s inception.
Laird is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a student of Thomas Fraschillo, Kelly Love, and Rod Harkins. Mrs. Laird is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the South and has presented at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Most recently, Mrs. Laird was appointed marching director of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band where she guided the ensemble to an international championship in Milan, Italy in July, 2019. She is active as a member of Phi Beta Mu, NBA, is a member and Past President of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, a member and Past President of the SEMBDA, and is a member and Region 5 representative for the ASBDA.