Cross excited to pursue his love of music and teaching

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Elliot Cross teaches band at both the middle school and high school.
Elliot Cross teaches band at both the middle school and high school.

Elliot Cross is no stranger to eastern Montana and the small town atmosphere Laurel provides. Cross began teaching band at both the middle school and high school at the beginning of this year.
The new band teacher grew up in Glendive attending Eastern A counterpart Dawson County High School with his brother and parents, Justin and Lonnie Cross. He was actively involved throughout high school. He participated in football, tennis, drama, and of course band.
Cross has enjoyed the move to south central Montana, and the community has made a great first impression on him.
“It has been great,” Cross said, “People seem excited to have me out here.”
After high school, Cross attended MSU Billings and completed his bachelor degree in music, as well as received an educator certification. It was in Billings that he gained a “love for kids and teaching.”
Cross left high school wanting to be a musician. His love for music stuck with him as he pursued a job in that field. After talking with some of his mentors and teachers he agreed that a job in teaching was best for him and his future.
Before taking the job in Laurel, Cross spent time teaching in Greeley, Colo. and in Montana at Wolf Point. Most recently he was at the school in Huntley Project. Having experience with students from other schools, Cross said he is genuinely impressed with Laurel students in that, “when they come to class they want to work on music and are very dedicated to band.”
Outside of school and teaching, Cross enjoys watching movies with his two cats and cooking food with eating being the most important part. As if teaching and relaxing was not enough, he also manages to help out with a family-owned brewery in his hometown of Glendive.
A normal day for Cross is unlike that of a typical teacher in the school district. He begins the day teaching beginning and intermediate band at the middle school. Around lunchtime, Cross transitions to the high school where he finishes out the day teaching beginning guitar, jazz band, and symphonic band.
It seems the Laurel School District will prove to be very suitable for Cross. He is very excited not only about the classes, but beyond that, excelling and becoming competitive in band.
“Laurel has always been competitive in the Eastern A,” he said remembering past accomplishments of the Laurel High School band. “I hope to be competitive with Glendive and Sidney along with other Eastern A schools.” Last year both jazz and symphonic band traveled to Idaho and both groups walked away with first place in their categories. Although the bands will not be attending that competition this year, LHS band is proven and under their new teacher, ready to continue a tradition of excellence.


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