Linda Basler Huck displayed outstanding academic and leadership qualities as a student at Ste. Genevieve High School. Her academic excellence led her to be named the recipient of the Salutatorian Award for the Class of 1978. She developed a passion for music at an early age which would become the driving force in her life. Linda began her musical career in 7th grade, learning to play clarinet in the school band, and, by her 9th grade year, she learned to play the bassoon and alto saxophone. In high school, she was a member of the Dragon Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and was chosen to the MAAA All Conference Honors Band. She was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Award for Outstanding Band Member her senior year, as well as the John Danforth “I Dare You” Award.
After graduating from high school, Linda attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Music Performance in 1982. She was a member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band, serving as Student Assistant Director in her senior year. She performed in the University Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra. In 1986, she earned her master’s degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University.
Mrs. Huck began her teaching career in 1982 at the Farmington R-7 School District, where she would remain for her 33 year teaching career. She served as Assistant Band Director for thirty years, as well as teaching middle school band. She was named Director of Bands in 2012 and was the director of the Black Knight Marching Band, the Farmington High School Symphonic Band, and the two Farmington High School Jazz Bands. In addition, she taught music theory classes and the steel drum orchestra. Instrumental ensembles under Mrs. Huck’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at the Missouri State Ensemble Festival. Mrs. Huck retired from the Farmington R-7 School District in 2015. Mrs. Huck’s passion for music inspired a generation of band students at Farmington, and was known as a caring teacher who loved her students.
Mrs. Linda Huck served the past four years as President of the Missouri Bandmasters Association. She served the Missouri Music Educators Association as State Band Vice President from 2004-06, and President of the East Central District #7 for four terms. She was twice awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award in the MMEA East Central District #7, and recently awarded the Charles Emmons Outstanding Band Director Award by the Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. She is a member of the National Band Association, the National Association of Music Education, the National Education Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Mrs. Huck has made presentations at band clinics throughout the Midwest, and still maintains an active schedule as a conductor and clinician. She is a certified adjudicator through the Missouri State High School Activities Association, and adjunct faculty member at Mineral Area College, and a Music Education Consultant with Springfield Music.
Mrs. Linda Basler Huck is the daughter of the late Arnold and Betty Ann Basler. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and former SGHS graduate, Keith Huck. Together they have two daughters; Claire, a music teacher for the Arcadia Valley School District, and Mallory, a Music Therapy student at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Mrs. Huck remains active in her community in the St. Joseph Catholic Church Organ Choir, as a member of the Mineral Area Arts Council, and as a merit badge sponsor for the Boy Scouts.