Cumberland High School Band Director Dan Hopkins, a 1986 New Richmond High School graduate, was recently inducted into the Wisconsin School Music Association Marching Band Hall of Fame at the WSMA State Marching Championships. Hopkins, who is married to St. Croix Central Middle School Band Director Kimberly Hopkins, is just the third inductee into the Marching Band Hall of Fame. Under his direction, the Cumberland High School marching band has appeared at the WSMA State Marching Band Championships for 20 consecutive years. As of 2016, Hopkins' Cumberland High School marching band has won a record 13 state championships, the most for a director in WSMA history. The Cumberland High School marching band has travelled over 40,000 miles across the United States, performing in numerous concerts, parades and clinics. During his tenure, all but two valedictorians have been marching band members, while several of his students successfully audition for the WSMA State Honors Project each year.
Hopkins was raised in New Richmond and was a member of the championship marching band as a percussionist. After graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music, Hopkins served with the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from 1986-1990. Following his tour of duty, he earned a bachelor's degree in music education from UW-River Falls and a master's degree in education from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Hopkins has studied under Charles Marvray, Truman Crawford and J. Michael Roy while performing in 44 states, internationally in Scotland, England and Canada, and for three U.S. presidents.