Originally from Roselle, Illinois, Craig Hatter has served as a band director at Morton High School and Junior High since 2020. Mr. Hatter holds both a Bachelors of Music Education and Percussion Performance from the University of Iowa.
Throughout the Midwest, Mr. Hatter has served as an educator and adjudicator for many programs in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He worked as the percussion coordinator for Iowa City High School as well as a battery assistant for both Lake Park High School and the Crystal Lake Thunder organization, accompanying these groups to BOA Nationals and competing on the WGI circuit. He has also worked as a camp counselor for Music for the Sake of Music Summer Symposium based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, serving as their percussion lessons instructor for middle and high school students. Before coming to Morton, Mr. Hatter served as the Band Director at Larsen Middle School in Elgin, Illinois, where he instructed their concert band and small group lessons.
Mr. Hatter's performance credits are equally diverse, serving as a member of the concert bands and orchestra at the University of Iowa as well as a member of the Cavaliers Indoor Percussion group in 2015. He has also performed as a member of the Iowa Steel Band, performing with well known pan artist Andy Narrell, and being a part of their album release in 2019.
Mr. Hatter is passionate about opening students up to the wide world of music and allowing students to explore the many different facets of the arts that are available to them. He prides himself on creating professional and collaborative relationships with students and staff that help create a cohesive learning environment for all.