Kurt D. Bauche was the Director of Bands in the Farmington School District from 1982 to 2012. A native of Union, Missouri, he attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and graduated with the Bachelors of Music Education Degree in 1980. Mr. Bauche received the Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville in 1982, where he was as graduate teaching assistant in the School of Music with added emphasis on tuba performance. While in Louisville, Mr. Bauche performed in the Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Brass Quintet.
At Farmington, Mr. Bauche was responsible for the high school marching band, symphonic band, concert band, jazz bands, and steel drum orchestra. The Farmington High School Symphonic Band, under his direction, annually received superior ratings at the MSHSAA Evaluative Music Festival. In addition, the band performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention in 1993.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bauche has received numerous awards and recognitions some of which include being elected into membership of the Missouri Bandmaster Hall of Fame and Missouri Music Educator Association Hall of Fame. He is a past Ban-Vice President and past President of the East Central District Music Educators. He currently serves as MBA's secretary/treasurer. Mr. Bauche is also past-president of the Missouri Music Educators Association, as he organized their annual in-service conference workshop. Mr. Bauche is frequently called on for adjudication, clinician and guest conductor for numerous band festivals and honor bands.
He is a member of the Farmington R-7 School Board, a board member for the Mineral Area Council on the Arts. Mr. Bauche is a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church where he is Chairman of the Church Council and active in the Chancel Choir. He performs on trombone and tuba in various regional events. Mr. Bauche resides in Farmington with his wife Julie.