Dr. Banks awarded for commitment to music

Dr. Michael Banks, President of Metropolitan Community College-Blue River was recently honored with an Award of Appreciation for his commitment to music from the Heritage Philharmonic.

Dr. Banks has a solid background in fine arts holding a Ph.D. in American Studies from St. Louis University, a Master of Fine Arts in design and technical theatre from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from St. Louis University. He has taught as an assistant professor of speech and theatre, director of performing arts at Urbana University (Ohio), theatre department chair and assistant professor of theatre and design/ technical direction at Xavier University (Ohio). He has taught speech and theatre at Xavier University, Urbana University, Lindenwood University (Missouri), and St. Charles Community College.  Dr. Banks states, “I am a connoisseur of the arts and am thrilled to live in a metropolitan area that provides such an array of fantastic talent.”

Now in its 70th year Heritage Philharmonic’s mission is to provide the Jackson County community with excellent, affordable, and convenient orchestral music programs by using both professional and volunteer musicians (formerly known as the Independence Symphony Orchestra). All concerts are free and open to the public.