Rick Weyhrich has taught music and band at Homestead Elementary for 12 years, and is retiring this year. He conducted his last spring band concert in May. Students and faculty alike will miss him and his love for music.
Weyhrich says he loves teaching music because “it is so much more than notes and rhythms. It is preparing for life. Of the thousands of students I have taught at Homestead, very few will go on to be rock stars or members of a symphony orchestra. I hope and pray that I have helped them become better people—instilling a love for music, team-work, respect, and self-confidence.”
Weyhrich was born and raised in Pekin, IL, and received his music education degree from Illinois State University. He then served as the junior high/high school band director in Griggsville, IL for two years. After that, he went on to the U.S. Army Third Division Band in Wurzburg, Germany for three years.
He also received a Director of Christian Education certification from Concordia College in River Forest, IL. For 23 years, he was the Director of Christian Education at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bossier City, LA, and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Crossville.
In 2007, he became the music teacher and band director at Homestead and has helped many children over the years connect to music and enjoy playing it. Throughout his life, he has been in many different states and even countries, but he has always taught or played music wherever he is, or helped people with their faith.
He will continue to serve as music director and organist at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in retirement. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in White County.