Dr. Gary Schallert
Dr. Gary Schallert is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Schallert's responsibilities at WKU include conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Schallert earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from New Mexico State University, and Doctor of Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to this appointment at WKU, Dr. Schallert served as Associate Professor of Music and Wind Ensemble Conductor at Belmont University and as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee. Dr. Schallert has also taught at several fine high schools including John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee and Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Schallert maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has conducted touring ensembles in Europe and Australia, including a performance with the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble at the famed Sydney Opera House. His professional affiliations include the College Band Director's National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Kentucky Music Educators Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He and his wife, Amy reside in Bowling Green and have four sons; Ryan, Casey, Evan and Trevor.
Dr. Jeff Bright
Dr. Jeff Bright is the Associate Director of Bands and assistant professor of music at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Bright's primary duties include directing all athletic bands, the Concert Band, music education courses and the supervision of student teachers. Prior to his appointment at WKU, Bright held the Director of Bands position for eight years at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for all band activities as well as teaching private low brass lessons. His experience spans twenty-four years of teaching instrumental music at all levels, and ensembles under his direction have received numerous superior ratings and best in class awards. Dr. Bright holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma. His professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, American School Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Bright resides in Bowling Green with his wife Cindy and daughters Sarah and Rachel.