Elliott Lentz serves as Director of Orchestras at North Central High School were he also oversees the International Baccalaureate (IB) Music program and teaches AP Music Theory. Prior to his appointment at North Central, he served as Assistant Director of Orchestras and Bands & Director of Jazz Studies at Warren Central High School, Director of Bands at Morristown Jr. - Sr. High School, Assistant Director of Bands at Belzer Middle School, and Director of Music at North White Jr. - Sr. High School.
Mr. Lentz completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ball State University in 2009. During his time at Ball State, he was actively involved with the university bands and the School of Music. He served as Drum Major for the “Pride Of Mid-America” Marching Band for 3 years, Principal Trumpet of the Symphony Band, and a member of the Wind Ensemble and Lab Orchestra. He has studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Caneva (Ball State University), Dr. Paula Crider (University of Texas), Dr. Jason Nam (Indiana University), Dr. Linda Moorhouse (University of Illinois), and Professor Barry Houser (University of Illinois).
Ensembles under his direction have earned numerous Gold ratings, in addition to “With Distinction” Honors at contests and festivals in Indiana and around the Midwest. His programs have twice been recognized by the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) for earning the All-Music Award. As a musician, Lentz as performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Brass, and the late Maynard Ferguson. From 2005 - 2010 he was on the instructional staff for the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics. He has been an adjudicator and host for ISSMA contests and a guest conductor for the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) All-Region and All-District Honor Bands.
Lentz was recognized as the 2014 - 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Morristown and a “Top 10” Most Influential Teacher at Warren Central in 2017 & 2018. He received grants from the Warren Arts and Education Foundation in 2016 & 2017 for the WC Jazz Program. Other honors include receiving the nationally-recognized John Philip Sousa award, the Earl Dunn Scholarship, and the Erwin C. Mueller Scholarship. He is an active member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and serves as the chapter Webmaster.
Elliott is happily married to his wife, Amy, who is a motorsport & automotive photographer and have 2 wonderfully crazy dogs, Wrigley and Jedi.