My name is Ray Ames and I am excited to be the Band Director at Reek School. I have lived in Walworth County my entire life. I
grew up on a dairy farm in Rural Darien. I attended the Delavan-Darien public schools. I got a Music Education degree from UW Eau Claire, and a Master of Music Education from UW Whitewater. I was the Middle School Band Director in Lake Geneva for 35 years. This is my fourth year at Reek. I can play every instrument in the band, but trumpet is my main instrument. I am also a composer with several published compositions for young band and young jazz ensemble. I often use those abilities here at Reek. The band has used some of my arrangements at every performance. Finding or creating appropriate music for a band that includes fifth through eighth graders is a unique challenge.
When I am not at Reek I can often be found Captaining the tour boats for Lake Geneva Cruise Line. I live in Lake Geneva with my wife Sherri and our two dogs. Sherri and I have three adult children and two grandchildren.