- Central Point Junior High/Scenic Junior High School
- Crater High School
Don Bieghler is another outstanding educator that has made a difference in many young people’s lives. Don graduated from Medford Senior High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon State College with an emphasis in music. He played in the band during his high school years as well as his years in college.
Don began his professional career in 1967 when he accepted a job teaching band at Central Point Junior High, later Scenic Junior High School. Don taught band at Scenic for 13 years and during that time his bands marched in numerous parades throughout Oregon. His bands were regular participants in the annual Albany Veterans Day parade and in 1976 his band was invited to march in the Junior Rose Parade in Portland.
Don states that one of his many highlights while working in the District was “developing a junior high band program that was highly successful in regional and state competitive events.” While at Scenic he was also the student store-co-advisor and served on the building scheduling committee which created the master schedule for all classes.
In 1980 Don became the band instructor at Crater High School. In addition to his Junior High and High School assignments, Don was an itinerant music teacher at Richardson, Jewett and Sams Valley elementary schools. You could expect his bands to put on performances at half time of all home football games and most home basketball games. The concerts that Don’s bands performed were outstanding and for many years he was instrumental in organizing the District Band and Vocal Festival. During his years in the District he was instrumental in developing a program of used band instruments that were made available for students who could not afford their own instrument.
Don retired in 1997 after 30 years in School District #6. He lives in Medford during the summer months and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during the winter months. He serves as a Council member and the Treasurer of a condo association in Mexico. Don has traveled several regions of central and western Mexico. While at home in Medford he works around his house maintaining the gardens. He also directs the Ashland City Band, which he’s done for the past 14 years.
Don was a valued professional and the District is very proud to have had Don as a teacher in School District #6.