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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 Associate Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University where his primary duties include directing all athletic bands and the Concert Band as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. Prior to his appointment at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Bright held the Director of Bands position at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for all band activities as well as teaching low brass applied. His experience spans twenty-eight years of teaching music at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and high school ensembles under his direction consistently received superior ratings and best in class awards. Dr. Bright has been recognized for his teaching excellence by the Kentucky Music Educators, being chosen as the Third District College/University teacher of the year in 2010 and more recently by his university colleagues who selected him to receive the Potter College of Arts and Letters Teaching Excellence Award for the 2012-2013 school year.
Dr. Bright’s creative activities have led to presentations at both national and state National Association for Music Education conventions as well as at College Band Director’s National Association athletic band symposiums. In addition he is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and has published music education research in Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Bright continues to maintain an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician in the United States and abroad.
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. He resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife, Cindy, and daughters, Sarah and Rachel.
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