NHS Band
Staff & Stuff


Traci Ross
Traci is the director of our Damsels.  Mrs. Ross has an exciting vision for the future of the Damsel organization.  Traci has had several years of experience in teaching dance and color guard at Northeastern, Centerville and other local schools.  We are very excited to have Traci joining our team!

Thom Crist

Thom is the Assistant Band Director at Northeastern. Thom received her BME from Ball State University. Thom taught music in Richmond Community School  He enjoys motivating and challenging students to work hard and achieve success.


Dan Merkamp
Dan Merkamp has been educating musicians for over 20 years. His passion is helping young people to learn about life skills, while teaching them about music. This is his fourth year at Northeastern. He has also taught at Winchester, Hagerstown and Eastern Hancock. Dan got his BME from Butler University and his Masters from Eastern Kentucky University. Dan is married to Courtney and has four children, Paul, Emma, Lauren and Aiden. He is happy to be teaching at Northeastern and believes that part of his purpose in life is to help young people develop into responsible adults, while having fun learning about music.