Department of Music

2014 Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute

Sunday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 2

Registration for the 2014 Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute is open! There is a first come, first serve limit of 22 regular conducting participants, 8 in the expanded chamber-conducting experience, and an unlimited number of spots for non-conducting participants.

discover • experience • connect

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts and Department of Music is pleased to announce the 2014 Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute & Conducting Workshop, a four-day symposium designed for wind band teachers of all levels. Participants come from both within Virginia and across the country and include school music educators, private teachers, military band musicians, and current undergraduate and graduate students. Our goal is to offer a variety of activities that appeal to the dual roles of musician and educator and provide a growth experience for anyone interested in the art of teaching and conducting.

The Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute is one of the most affordable offerings of its kind!

• discover

Participate in sessions covering a wide range of topics, from gesture, interpretation, rehearsal pedagogy, repertoire and programming, philosophy, and program development.

• experience

You may choose to conduct selected repertory for both full-band and chamber ensembles and receive coaching and video feedback from the clinicians. Conducting participant spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. An unlimited number of spots are available for non-conducting participants.

• connect

Meet and interact with colleagues from around the state and region within a relaxed and supportive environment and the beautiful summer surrounds of Blacksburg.


Steven D. DavisSteven D. Davis

Steven D. Davis serves as Director of Bands and Wind Ensembles, Professor of Conducting, Conservatory large ensembles chair, opera conducting faculty, and conductor of the Conservatory Wind Symphony at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He coordinates the graduate program in wind ensemble conducting and oversees all aspects of the UMKC band program. Davis is the founding director of the UMKC Wind Band Teaching Symposium, one of country’s largest conducting workshops. He is conductor of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Symphony Orchestra and newEar, Kansas City's professional contemporary chamber ensemble. Davis has served as a conductor at the CBDNA National Convention, Midwest Clinic, NAfME National Convention and the Festival of New American Music. He has also conducted numerous summers at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. As a committed advocate for music education, he has been a guest conductor and teacher at state conferences, and honor band and orchestra festivals in 37 states. He has appeared as a guest artist at the most significant conservatories in Bangkok and Chang Mai, Thailand; Lisbon, Portugal; and Beijing, China. Davis has been invited for residencies and conducting symposiums at major institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Michigan State University, University of Colorado, University of Georgia and Florida State University, among others.

Davis is fervently committed to performing new repertoire, and has been praised by prominent contemporary composers including Leslie Bassett, Robert Beaser, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Osvaldo Golijov, Stephen Hartke, David Lang, Zhou Long, James Mobberley, Narong Prangcharoen, Bernard Rands, Paul Rudy, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli, and Chen Yi. He has received dedications for over 30 commissioned works.

Davis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and currently serves as the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division president. At UMKC, he has been awarded the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry and Scholarship Award. In 2014, Davis will lead the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony as a featured ensemble at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Tianjin May Festival.

Andrew J. PutnamAndrew J. Putnam

Andrew J. Putnam conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Virginia Tech and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting. He received his doctoral degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Steven D. Davis. He previously earned the master of music education, studying with Colleen Conway and conducting with Michael Haithcock at the University of Michigan. He previously earned of a bachelor of music education degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

An advocate for the wind ensemble as an artistic medium, Putnam has shared in performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as the regional and national conferences for the College Band Director’s National Association. Additional collaborative work with artistic leaders including composers John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy, renowned wind conductor H. Robert Reynolds, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in music, Zhou Long. His work with Robert Beaser towards the completion of the wind ensemble setting of the composer’s Manhattan Roll (originally commissioned for 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic) led to its premiere at the 2011 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. His recent research has centered on the personas of folk singers influencing the work of Percy Grainger, and wind ensemble works of Paul Hindemith.

Putnam taught for five years at Whitnall High School in Greenfield, WI where he served as director of bands, where he over coordinated all aspects of the instrumental music program. He continues to remain active as a clinician, adjudicator, and artist with programs and various ensembles across the country.

Mark D. WaymireMark D. Waymire

Mark D. Waymire is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to completing his doctoral degree in music education at The University of Mississippi, Waymire was Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University for four years. At Eastern, he directed the symphonic band and marching band, taught music education courses, as well as conducting, orchestration, and band arranging. At the 2005-2006 Eastern Michigan University Holman Center Faculty Awards Ceremony, Mark received EMU’s highest honor for his teaching rank, the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Prior to his appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Waymire taught in the Louisiana and Texas public schools. His diverse background of public school experience includes music education for students in grades four through twelve. He spent the majority of his public school years at Seguin High School in Seguin, Texas. While under his ten years of leadership, the Seguin Band Program experienced marked growth, gaining national recognition and many local and state honors. Personal honors include six H.E.R.O. teaching awards, nine appointments to WHO’s WHO in American Education, and two presentations for the National President’s Award for Education Excellence. While at Seguin, Mark also taught adjunct courses at Texas Lutheran University.

Additional university degrees include a bachelor degree in music education from Louisiana State University, and a master degree in conducting and music history from Sam Houston State University.

Waymire’s research interests are diverse, but currently focus on expert teaching pedagogy effectiveness as measured by student performance outcomes, and the retention of school music students as adult consumers and supporters of art music. Additional interests include the investigation and development of evaluative processes of music teachers in our schools, as well as the preservation of school music histories. He has given public presentations of his research and pedagogy expertise at music conventions in California, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and recently presented historical research at the National Association of Music Education Convention (MENC) in 2010.

David McKeeDavid McKee

David McKee is in his twenty-eigth year at Virginia Tech, where he is director of The Marching Virginians. A native of Lynchburg, he received his B.M.E. from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1976 and his M.A.Ed. from Virginia Tech in 1986. He has done additional graduate study at Florida State University.

Under his direction, The Marching Virginians have performed throughout the nation for football games, parades, and other activities, sharing performances with bands from the University of Texas, Florida State University, and recently with the University of Michigan at the 2012 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. In addition to a demanding schedule of performances throughout the football season, The Marching Virginians are the model of Ut Prosim, serving the university community through 16 Hokies for the Hungry canned food drives, two collaborative hurricane relief trips to New Orleans with the YMCA Student Programs at Virginia Tech, and many performances and presentations for public school students in the region. The Marching Virginians recently embarked on a unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley. Over the past decade, the Marching Virginians Alumni Association has developed into an exceptional source of networking and funding for the Marching Virginians, providing over half a million dollars of support to the band.

In addition to directing The Marching Virginians, McKee conducts the Symphony Band. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and advocate for music education in the public schools. At the 2007 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, he served as a percussionist, orator, and conductor within the span of 48 hours. In 2005, Mr. McKee was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is a member of the ACC Band Directors Association, past-president of the Big East Band Directors Association, and has served on the Athletic Band Advisory Committee of the College Band Directors National Association.

Polly MiddletonPolly Middleton

Polly Middleton is associate director of athletic bands, assistant director of The Marching Virginians, director of the Hokies Pep Band, and director of the Campus Band at Virginia Tech. Previous to this appointment, she earned a doctorate in music education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with James Keene and Robert Rumbelow, conducted the University Band, directed the Basketball Band, taught the Marching Illini, and supervised student teachers. She earned the master of music degree in wind conducting from Indiana University, where she studied with Stephen Pratt, and received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she was a drum major for the Marching Illini.

Middleton was associate director of bands at Plainfield (Ill.) High School and worked with all aspects of the program, including concert bands, chamber ensembles, jazz band, and athletic bands. She is an active performer and played horn in the top ensembles at both Indiana and Illinois. Middleton is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and recipient of the Gary E. Smith Award for excellence in the Marching Illini and Wind Symphony. In 2011, Middleton received the A.A. Harding Award, the most prestigious recognition awarded for outstanding performance, achievement, and service to the University of Illinois Bands.