Haas, Lance

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Lance Haas


Born: December 9, 1947

Died: October 12, 2012

Country: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Studies: University of Wisconsin (M.S.)



Lance G. Haas, 64, of Twin Lakes, Wis., died Friday morning Oct. 12, 2012, at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Lance George Haas was born on Dec. 9, 1947, in Madison, Wis., the son of the late Norbert and Irene Mears Haas. On July 25, 1970 in Madison, Wis., he was united in marriage to Carol M. Cox. They moved to the Twin Lakes area in 1970.

Lance graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with honors with a Masters Degree in Music. While in college he played the drums for the Steve Miller Band. He then came to Wilmot Union High School in 1970 and never left until retiring in 2011. While at Wilmot, he grew the band from 23 students to over 200 in 4 bands in 1999. In 1971, he organized the Sgt. Peppers Band and in 1974 he started the Wilmot Guardsman Marching Band and performed at such events as the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Sugar Bowl in New Orleans National Championship Game, the Indy 500 Parade and Symphony Hall in Chicago. In 1989, he became the choir director. In 1993, he was named Wisconsin High School Teacher of the year. He served for 10 years as Executive Director of Central States Judges Association. He was a member of the Wilmot High School Teachers Assoc where he served as President 6 times, the Negotiation Team for 4 years, was Chief Negotiator for 2 years, Scholarship committee chairperson for 30 years and Teacher of the Year committee chairperson for 20 years. He started a publication company called Drumit where he wrote music for solo/ensemble contests. He also recorded several CDs. He directed numerous musicals including a musical he wrote called Wilmont where he wrote 21 songs for. At the time of his death, he completed writing his second musical called The Forgotten Man. This musical will be performed in December of 2012. He also played in the band Whos Askin. He was inducted in the Edgewood High School, Madison, WI Hall of Fame. On Oct. 23, 2010, the Auditorium at Wilmot High School was dedicated to Lance and is now known as the Lance G. Haas Auditorium for the Performing Arts.

Lance also taught English at Wilmot and Gateway, and taught a band directors class at UW Parkside. He inspired many students during his 41 years at Wilmot High School. He enjoyed scuba diving, traveling and camping. He coached Little League in Genoa City.

Lance is survived by his wife, Carol; one son, Lance C. (Jennifer) of Spring Grove, Ill.; one daughter, Talissa (Scott) Machin of Racine, Wis.; and one brother, Norbert Haas of Madison, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister in law, Jean Haas. - See more at: ...[1]

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