Buddy Hannaford graduated from Marshall High School, and later from Missouri Valley College in Marshall with a Bachelor in Music Education. His Masters of Science in Music Education was earned from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg...now the University of Central Missouri. Additional credits were received from Northeast Missouri (Truman) State University, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, UMC, UMKC, UMSL, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Mr. Hannaford started his music career in the Adrian R-III Public Schools where he taught vocal music grades 1-12 and instrumental music grades 5-12. After two years there, and until his retirement, he was Director of Instrumental Music in the Trenton R-IX School District where his teaching assignments included Band grades 6-12, Music Appreciation, and Music Theory for juniors and seniors.
Professional memberships include National Band Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Beta Mu.
Mr. Hannaford has judged marching and concert band contests and festivals, and has been an instrumental music clinician in Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He continues to be active within the music education profession, and has received numerous awards and honors, including Key to the City of Trenton in 1986, the 1987 Missouri Valley College Outstanding Alumnus Award and the 1991 Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce "Above and Beyond" Award for service to Education.
He is past President of the Grundy County Friends of the Arts, and past Board Chair of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
He is currently Chair of the Retired Members of the Missouri Music Educators Association. He is a charter member of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra. [This year marks their 57th season.] He was organizer and manager for the Missouri Day Marching Festival during its nineteen years of existence, and is one of the founders and orchestra conductor for the Grand River Valley Choir & Orchestra.