Lance George Haas was born on Dec. 9, 1947, in Madison,
Wis., the son of the late Norbert and Irene Mears Haas. On July 25, 1970 in
Madison, Wis., he was united in marriage to Carol M. Cox. They moved to the
Twin Lakes area in 1970.
Lance graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with honors with a
Masters Degree in Music. While in college he played the drums for the Steve
Miller Band. He then came to Wilmot Union High School in 1970 and never left
until retiring in 2011. While at Wilmot, he grew the band from 23 students to
over 200 in 4 bands in 1999. In 1971, he organized the Sgt. Peppers Band and in
1974 he started the Wilmot Guardsman Marching Band and performed at such events
as the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Sugar Bowl in New Orleans National
Championship Game, the Indy 500 Parade and Symphony Hall in Chicago. In 1989,
he became the choir director. In 1993, he was named Wisconsin High School
Teacher of the year. He served for 10 years as Executive Director of Central
States Judges Association. He was a member of the Wilmot High School Teachers
Assoc where he served as President 6 times, the Negotiation Team for 4 years,
was Chief Negotiator for 2 years, Scholarship committee chairperson for 30
years and Teacher of the Year committee chairperson for 20 years. He started a
publication company called Drumit where he wrote music for solo/ensemble
contests. He also recorded several CDs. He directed numerous musicals including
a musical he wrote called Wilmont where he wrote 21 songs for. At the time of
his death, he completed writing his second musical called The Forgotten Man.
This musical will be performed in December of 2012. He also played in the band
Whos Askin. He was inducted in the Edgewood High School, Madison, WI Hall of
Fame. On Oct. 23, 2010, the Auditorium at Wilmot High School was dedicated to
Lance and is now known as the Lance G. Haas Auditorium for the Performing Arts.
Lance also taught English at Wilmot and Gateway, and taught a band directors
class at UW Parkside. He inspired many students during his 41 years at Wilmot
High School. He enjoyed scuba diving, traveling and camping. He coached Little
League in Genoa City.
Lance is survived by his wife, Carol; one son, Lance C. (Jennifer) of Spring
Grove, Ill.; one daughter, Talissa (Scott) Machin of Racine, Wis.; and one
brother, Norbert Haas of Madison, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents
and a sister in law, Jean Haas.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Calvary Community Church, Hy 50 and Harris Rd. Williams Bay, WI with Pastors Chuck Cervenka and Doug Anderson officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Wilmot Cemetery. The Haas Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Lance G. Haas Auditorium for the Performing Arts, 11112 308th Ave. Wilmot. Please park in the south parking lot and use the southwest entrance. Memorial Remembrances may be made to the Calvary Community Church Missions Fund Hwy 50, Williams Bay, WI. 53191. Visitation will also be held from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the time of services at the Church. For online guestbook: haaselockwoodfhs.com. The Haase-Lockwood and Assoc. Funeral Homes of Twin Lakes is handling arrangements.