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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 »

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 for 44 years. Johnson now serves as the Musical Director of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and is a … full profile »

Dennis L. Johnson

Dennis L. Johnson is presently Director of Bands and Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. At Murray State he conducts the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Symphony Orchestra and the pit orchestra for the opera and musicals. He … 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 »

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 »

Bert Aalders

Past-President of WASBE (The Netherlands) Bert Aalders studied horn, orchestra conducting, choir conducting and band conducting at the conservatories of Arnhem and Zwolle in The Netherlands. After playing horn in the symphony orchestra of Gelderland, he became president of the Music Information Centre … full profile »

Ralph Hultgren

Ralph Hultgren resides in Newmarket, Queensland, with his wife Julie and two of his five children. His professional music career has spanned a number of decades and includes work as a trumpet player, composer, conductor and teacher. Mr Hultgren is currently Head of Open Conservatorium at the Queensland … full profile »

Dr. Tony Mazzaferro

Dr. Tony Mazzaferro (born and raised in San Francisco) received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University. During his undergraduate years, he served as the Principal Tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. After graduating with honors in 1978, Dr. Mazzaferro attended … full profile »

Dr. James W. McRoy

Dr. James W. McRoy is currently Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. At C.W. Post, Dr. McRoy directs all aspects of the band program, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band. Dr. McRoy teaches and coordinates the undergraduate … full profile »

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is the Director of Bands at the University of Hawai’i. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversee the entire UH Bands program. In just their first year under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked on an ambitious program of … full profile »

Mark Camphouse

Composer-conductor Mark Camphouse is Professor of Music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in composition and conducting. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. His 30 published works for wind band … full profile »

Terry Austin

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership, the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation … full profile »

Frank Ticheli

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

Geoffrey Brand

Former Conductor, London Wind Orchestra (United Kingdom) Geoffrey Brand – one of the leaders of the modern band movement in England; conductor for numerous high quality concert band recordings by the top professional musicians in London. A popular lecturer and guest conductor in the U.S. Born into … full profile »

Colonel Michael Colburn

A native of St. Albans, Vt., Michael J. Colburn began his musical studies at age ten on euphonium. In 1982 he attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam, studying euphonium with Dr. Peter Popiel. In 1984 he transferred to Arizona State University in Tempe, where … full profile »

Arthur J. Holton III

As a professional Clarinetist, he is enjoying a rewarding career as a Clarinetist, Soloist, Educator, and Conductor. He has extensive experience as a professional Clarinetist in Chamber Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music, Musical Orchestras, and Wind Bands. Arthur J. Holton III is currently … full profile »

Gary W. Hill

Gary W. Hill is the Evelyn Smith Professor of Music and Director of Ensemble Studies at Arizona State University, where he conducts various ensembles and teaches graduate conducting. Prior to Hill’s appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory … full profile »

Philip Sparke

Renowned composter and adjudicator (United Kingdom) 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 … full profile »

Felix Hauswirth

Director of Wind Band Conducting, Bundes-Academy and Past-President of WASBE (Germany) He studied piano , music theory and orchestral conducting at the conservatory in Lucerne . Further studies he did in the United States of America . In 1983 he lectured as a visiting professor for one semester of the … full profile »

Toshio Akiyama

Former Conductor, Sony Concert Band and Past-President, Japanese Band Directors Association (Japan) Toshio Akiyama is an internationally renowned figure widely known for his contribution as the “father of the Japanese wind bands”. Having received his education at the famous Eastman School … full profile »

Dennis J. Zeisler

Dennis J. Zeisler has been on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for more than two decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, The Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into … full profile »

James Bankhead

Director, School of Music, Sam Houston State University (USA) Dr. James M. Bankhead is Director, School of Music at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He is involved with all aspects of the artistic, academic and administrative life of this outstanding institution. Dr. Bankhead received … full profile »

Timothy W. Foley

Past-Director of the “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band (USA) Twenty-sixth Director of “The President’s Own” Timothy W. Foley led the United States Marine Band into its third century of service to the President of the United States and the United States Marine Corps. Foley was a … full profile »

Jay S. Gephart

JAY S. GEPHART joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 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 November 2006 was appointed Director of Bands. Professor Gephart serves as … full profile »

Leslie Hicken

Leslie Hicken, Director of Bands, joined the faculty of Furman University in the fall of 1993. In the Department of Music, his responsibilities include the directorship of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds; instructor of instrumental conducting; instrumental music education coordinator; … full profile »

Dr. Robert Halseth

Dr. Robert Halseth, Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Bands at California State University, Sacramento, conducts the CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches conducting, and is the founder and co-clinician of the Summer Wind Conducting Workshop, which each June since 1994 has … full profile »

Dr. Thomas Root

Dr. Thomas Root is Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Thomas Root 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 Michigan State University. The winner … 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 »

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