Lester C. Eckart – Musician, Teacher
Lester was born in Copley, Ohio, and graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a degree in Music Education. He went on to complete his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan.
He married Lois Jean Miller in 1951 and attended Bath United Church of Christ for 56 years, where he directed the choir for 13 years and the brass choir for 18 years. Lois Jean also played trumpet in the brass choir at church.
Lester taught music for 33 years, bringing the gift of music into the lives of his own family and multiple generations of students at various schools, at church and private lessons taught at home.
Les started his career at Rittman City School District from 1951-1954, then moved to Kent Roosevelt High School from 1954-1957. In 1957 he taught at Bath Richfield School until 1958, and then Highland Local Schools from 1959-1983.
Lester majored in trumpet, but played virtually every instrument. His passion, however, was for brass instruments, and that passion rubbed off on his three sons; playing either trumpet or euphonium.
In 2007, Lois and Lester moved from their home in Bath, OH to Rolling Green Village in South Carolina to be closer to their family.
Keeping with Lester’s passion for sharing the gift of music with others, his family would request that donations be made to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which donates musical instruments to under-funded music programs throughout the United States.
Our hope is that your donation will continue to allow future generations of students to share the gift of music.