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Evangel University’s Music Department welcomes Justin Stanton as director of bands

Published on Jun 7, 2021 by Erin Hedlun


Justin Stanton

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s Music Department recently appointed Justin Stanton to serve as director of bands and assistant professor of music. Stanton will officially begin his service with the university on July 1.

Stanton, a 2007 EU graduate, will be responsible for directing the university’s highly regarded Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble. He will also teach a variety of classes for the department.

Stanton replaces Matt Moore, who will continue in the Music Department as program coordinator for the blossoming Recording Technology program.

“Justin is an energetic and confident musician who will begin a new chapter in the legacy of band music at Evangel,” said Dr. Tom Matrone, Music Department Chair. “The Music Department faculty is thrilled to welcome Justin and have unanimously endorsed his appointment.”

About Justin Stanton

Stanton was an active member of EU’s Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia, while a student, traveling to 35 states and seven countries in Europe and Canada with the group.

Following his graduation from Evangel, Stanton served in a variety of music-related public teaching roles in Missouri and Oklahoma, directing elementary music, junior high band, and high school band.

In addition to his teaching career, Stanton is a service member in the United States Army. He enlisted with the United States Army Band in 2011 and was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma.

He currently serves as a musician with the Oklahoma National Guard 145th Army Band.

Justin Stanton with wife, Kara, and sons Grayson and Ruston.

“I am so excited to share with students the ways to refine their skills and sharpen their spirits,” said Stanton. “In addition to academic excellence, the EU Music Department faculty care deeply about having meaningful, positive influences in students’ lives as they develop. That is why I love EU.”

Stanton holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Evangel and a master’s degree in Education from Arkansas State University. He is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

He and his wife, Kara, an EU alum, have two young sons, Grayson and Ruston.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.