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Band teacher by day; superior bowler by night

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:41 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:55 AM ]

Band director and audiovisual teacher Dennis Kerr not only has a passion for music but also has a strong passion for bowling. Mr. Kerr has been bowling since he was 14 years old.

“I’ve always had a passion for bowling since I started,” Mr. Kerr said. “I’ve just never stopped doing it since.”

Mr. Kerr goes bowling every Monday and Wednesday night at Seneca Bowl in Wichita. He is in two leagues: the Monday night league is the Coors League, sponsored by Coors Light, and the Wednesday night league is the Sunbirds League.

The first time he ever scored a perfect game of 300 was in 1999. Twice, he has bowled a 300 on the first week of the season. One was August 23 of this year, and the other was in August 2011. Mr. Kerr has bowled 16 perfect games in his bowling career and usually averages 267 points per game. In college, he also coached a youth bowling league  in Oklahoma for people ages 5-18.

“I had to make a tough decision while in college at Wichita State University,” Mr. Kerr said. “I had a marching band scholarship, but the bowling team was good there and they really wanted me, but I chose the band because I knew my career that I was going into would have to do with band and music.”

Mr. Kerr also attends the National Bowling Tournament every summer--last year was at Las Vegas, NV., and this year’s is at Syracuse, N.Y.

“My favorite national bowling tournament I went to was in Billings, MT.,” Mr. Kerr said. “I played good, and it was just an all-around good time.”

Mr. Kerr bowls at the national tournament last summer in Las Vegas. Courtesy photo.