Faculty & StaffTony Hammond

Rocky Mountain College students know better than to expect the stereotypical professor when they step into a classroom. 

Take Tony Hammond, for example. 

The assistant professor and director of bands is well known for jumping in with the pep band and putting his musical talents to use whether on the trombone, trumpet, or snare drum. 

Coming to RMC in 2007, Tony primarily focuses on directing the instrumental ensembles and often combines his passion for jazz and teaching into engaging courses on jazz ensembles, theories, improvisation, and history.

But for even for Tony, RMC students come before the music: “For me, teaching is about the relationships you develop with the students,” he says. “At the college level, I am not afraid to challenge students as long as they know I care about them; they are going to be better and feel better about things if they work hard for their contribution, and the whole is improved.”

A member of Funk in the Trunk, a local band in Billings, he also keeps busy performing around Billings and Montana on trombone in various genres, including jazz, funk, and classical. But don't think Tony's interests are limited only to music – he's a regular and fierce competitor at the annual faculty vs. student softball game.

Don't expect tweedy, aloof professors at RMC. Tony Hammond certainly isn't one of them.