John A. Combs

Fine Arts Supervisor at Missoula County Public Schools

215 S. 6Th W., Missoula, Montana, United States
Missoula County Public Schools
HQ Phone:
(406) 728-2400
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Last Updated 11/27/2017

General Information


University of Montana

master's degree  - USC


Board Member  - Missoula Cultural Council

Board Member  - ABA

Board Member  - University of Montana Alumni Band

Web References  

Board & Staff | Missoula Cultural Council

John Combs
John Combs has been involved in the Missoula Cultural Community since his arrival as a university music student in 1973. As Director of Bands at Hellgate High School for 28 years and now as the Supervisor of Fine Arts for Missoula County Public Schools, Combs has a deep appreciation for Missoula Arts & Culture.

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John Combs Biography - NAfME

John Combs is in his sixth year as Supervisor of Fine Arts for Missoula County Public Schools.
With 31 distinguished years in the classroom, Combs is an accomplished music educator with an outstanding record of service to Missoula and the State of Montana. He has served as treasurer of the Montana MEA, president of the Bandmasters Association and is currently the president of the Montana MEA. As Fine Arts Supervisor for MCPS, Combs supports, evaluates and administers a comprehensive and active K-12 Music and Visual Arts program. Missoula has recently been awarded the ANY GIVEN CHILD initiative from the Kennedy Center with Combs acting as the author of the application and site coordinator. The initiative allows MCPS to partner with the Kennedy Center to recreate its approach to arts education and integration over the next five years of the partnership. Combs was named to the Legion of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and was recognized by the National Federation of High Schools as the Outstanding Music Educator for the Northwest Conference. Combs graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 1977 and earned his M.M.E. from USC in 1981 where he was recognized as the music department's Outstanding Graduate Student.

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