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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 »

Andrew Eisenmann

Teaching artist Andrew ‘Andy’ Eisenmann has had an interesting career, combining teaching, performing as a professional operatic baritone and doing customer experience management. As a master teacher, Andy has taken his student choral groups to China, New York, Europe, Chicago and most recently Australia. … full profile »

Geoffrey Paul Boers

Geoffrey Boers is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington in Seattle, a program widely recognized as forward thinking, unique, and of great distinction. Under his direction, the graduate choral program has developed a singular mission: to nurture the whole student as conductor-teacher-servant-leader-scholar. … full profile »

Granville Oldham

Granville Oldham,Jr. has appeared in approximately two-thirds of the United States as well as various cities in Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Australia and Singapore as a festival/All-State conductor, workshop presenter, clinician, adjudicator or performer. Mr. Oldham received a MA degree from San … full profile »

Jing Ling-Tam

Dr. Jing Ling-Tam leads the Traditional Choir at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fort Worth. TX and she serves as Professor of Choral and Vocal Arts at the University of Texas, Arlington. She has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Ling-Tam has conducted … 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 »

Brian Walden

Captain Brian O. Walden is currently Director of Bands & Instrumental Studies and Interim Director of Music Education at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He previously served as the Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Marshall University where he was also the Coordinator of … full profile »

Gary W. Hill

Gary W. Hill — Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Arizona State University, where he taught from 1999-2019 — is one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the instrumental music education field. As a conductor, appearances in more than a dozen countries and … full profile »

Dennis J. Zeisler

Distinguished music educator and wind band director, Dennis J. Zeisler passed away on March 30, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73. Zeisler was on faculty at Old Dominion University for nearly 40 years and served as chairman of the Music Department at ODU for 15 years. He was … full profile »

Scott Lang

For over a decade, Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our countries finest educational groups and performing ensembles. As a highly decorated veteran teacher … full profile »

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