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Dr. Lawrence Sutherland

Dr. Lawrence Sutherland served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno from 1969 until 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Tulsa and his Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of Missouri. … full profile »

Dennis L. Johnson

Dennis L. Johnson is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He is presently the Director of Bands and Symphony Orchestra at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. At Murray State, he conducts the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Symphony … full profile »

William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson, Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, served as the university’s Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music from 1966 to 2010, 44 years. He is Past President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles … full profile »

Johan de Meij

Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him … full profile »

Dr. Tony Mazzaferro

Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro recently retired after 29+ years as a full-time faculty member of the Music Department at Fullerton College. Dr. Mazzaferro currently is the Conductor of the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble at the Orange County School for the Arts and Conductor of the Orange County Wind Symphony. Dr. … full profile »

John Carnahan

John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to his appointment at Long Beach, Mr. Carnahan served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas, Arlington. Professor Carnahan brings … full profile »

Dr. James W. McRoy

Dr. McRoy is currently Professor of Music and Director of Wind Studies at LIU Post. At Post, Dr. McRoy directs all aspects of the Wind Band Program, conducting the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. Dr. McRoy teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting classes and lessons, and teaches instrumental music … full profile »

Margery Deutsch

In great demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Margery Deutsch has over thirty years of experience on the podium. She has worked with professional, community, youth, and high school orchestras and has traveled the world, performing in over a dozen countries on four continents. Named … full profile »

Glenn Price

Dr. Glenn D. Price has earned an international reputation as a leading conductor and educator through his experience conducting student, community, and professional symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in over 30 countries. He has conducted many renowned soloists, including Evelyn Glennie, Christian … full profile »

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversees the entire UH Bands program. In the first years under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked … full profile »

Mark Camphouse

A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with the late Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet … full profile »

Travis Cross

Updated January 22, 2022 Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music and director of bands at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, leads the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the … full profile »

Brian Worsdale

Brian Worsdale is the music director of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Worsdale attended public schools, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, and received his formal music training as a trombone student of David Finlayson (member of the New York … full profile »

Jason Noble

Dr. Jason Noble (he/him/his) currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Education at The City University of New York (CUNY), Lehman College, and concurrently serves as a part-time faculty member at New York University and a guest faculty artist at the Manhattan School of Music. At Lehman College, … full profile »

Jeff Ball

Jeff W. Ball is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, established in 2008 as the Grand Street Community Band. From its original thirty members, the organization has grown into the seventy-piece Brooklyn Wind Symphony and allowed for the formation of two additional … full profile »

Colonel Michael Colburn

Michael Colburn joined the faculty of Butler University as Director of Bands in August, 2014. In addition to conducting the Butler University Wind Ensemble, he offers instruction in conducting, euphonium, and the history and literature of the wind band. Before coming to Butler, Colburn served for 27 … full profile »

Steve Williams

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting many of the orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded … full profile »

Ralph Hultgren

Ralph Hultgren was born in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia, and now resides in Newmarket, Queensland, with his wife Julie. Dr Hultgren is a freelance teacher, composer and conductor who began his professional music career as a trumpet player in 1970 with the Central Band of the Royal Australian Air Force. Dr … full profile »

Bert Aalders

Bert Aalders is an internationally active conductor, artistic advisor, and adjudicator from The Netherlands. He is currently senior advisor for Rijnbrink / Muisdesk ( and Education Coordinator / CEO of the De Leimers Kunstwerk (Arts Centre) ( As an educator, … full profile »

Philip Sparke

Renowned British composer and adjudicator, Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM. It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band … full profile »

Felix Hauswirth

Swiss conductor and music educator, Felix Hauswirth is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Baden-Württemberg Youth Wind Ensemble in Germany. Mr. Hauswirth earned his degree in conducting and theory at the Lucerne Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. In 1983, he was guest professor … full profile »

Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald) and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental … full profile »

Dr. Robert Halseth

Dr. Robert Halseth is Conductor/Music Director of Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra and Director of Bands Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, a position he held from 1993- 2016. He is the founder and co-clinician of the NorCal Wind Conducting Workshop, which each June since 1994 has featured … full profile »

Arthur J. Holton III

In 2015, Arthur J. Holton, III, retired as the Director of Bands for San Joaquin Delta College, but continues in his leaderships of the Stockton Concert Band and Lodi Community Band. Mr. Holton received his B.A. degree from San Jose State University and M.A. in Clarinet Performance from California State … full profile »

Terry Austin

Terry Austin was appointed Interim Chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Music in the summer of 2018. He also serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership, … full profile »

Jay S. Gephart

Jay S. Gephart joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after completing 12 years as a public school band director. In July of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and in 2009 was promoted to Full Professor. In November, 2006, Professor Gephart was appointed … full profile »

Leslie Hicken

Leslie W. Hicken, former Director of Bands at Furman University in South Carolina, is one of the most respected band directors in the United States. A member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame, Hicken is president of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and member … full profile »

Dr. Thomas Root

Retiring in 2015 after 31 years as a Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Thomas Root (b. 22 February 1947) is a native of Minnesota. After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, he received a Doctorate in Music Composition from … full profile »

Frederick Speck

Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, conducts the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference … full profile »

James Ripley

James C. Ripley is Professor of Music, and Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Carthage College. He also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra at Sakuyo University in Kurashiki, Japan, where he was Music Director from 2001-2011. At Carthage, Dr. Ripley conducts the … full profile »

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