Jim Novak
Director of Bands – Meredith Middle School

Mr. Novak began teaching at Meredith Middle School in the Fall of 2021. Prior to teaching in Meredith, Mr. Novak taught 6-8 band in Harrisburg, SD, 5-8 band in the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 6-8 band at Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines, and high school band at Lincoln Public Schools.

Mr. Novak was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he performed with the Cornhusker Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band I & II, and the Big Red Express. He is currently working on his Master of Music Education degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Mr. Novak currently resides in Urbandale with his wife Erin and their two children Jay and Nora. Mr. Novak has served as a solo, ensemble, large group and marching band adjudicator in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. His professional affiliates include NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters, South Dakota Music Educators Association, and the National Education Association.