Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors

International President’s Message

Elva Kaye Lance (Delta-Mississippi) 
PBM International President

Elva Kaye Lance

Brothers and Sisters of Phi Beta Mu

The new calendar year stretches before us – with all of its opportunities, challenges, and special moments. As we move into the new year, I would be remiss if I did not thank Keith Bearden for the outstanding job that he has done as our International President. It has been a joy to work with him and to learn from him. He has a great passion for our profession and for the work of our fraternity. He represents all the characteristics of a servant leader and he has led us with skill and grace. Thank you, Keith. 

I wish to take this opportunity to tell you how excited that your Executive Board is to work with you as we look to the future. All of us who serve at this time realize that we are standing on the shoulders of all who have gone before us in leadership positions. We do not take that responsibility lightly.

These are exciting times in our profession and in our fraternity. While we embrace the distinct honor that membership in Phi Beta Mu represents, it is also important to realize that with that honor comes a responsibility to help ensure that the future of our profession is secure. As members of the greater international body of bandmasters, we can (and do) provide assistance toward this end in many different ways. 

  • We will continue to contribute to the repertoire of the profession through our ongoing fraternity commissions.
  • We will continue to develop and expand a broad base of international members through the establishment of new chapters around the world.
  • We will continue to seek to provide assistance to those educators who have limited resources in areas around the world through our International Assistance Fund.
  • We will continue to provide mentorship to those teachers in each chapter area through our individual visits, podium exchanges, and personal contacts.
  • We will work to expand the fraternity scholarships available in some of our states and provinces to graduating seniors who will be studying and preparing for a career in music education.
  • We will continue to seek and expand corporate partnership opportunities like the Conn Selmer Institute initiative announced in this newsletter to provide growth opportunities to young teachers in our different areas. Vice President is leading this new initiative for us.
  • We will seek to develop a larger outreach and impact on the profession through our social media platforms [Facebook; YouTube] by regularly offering online “teaching tips” and “best practices” to the membership to be shared with fellow educators in our different areas. Board member is leading this new project for us.
  • We will continue to seek to recognize the most outstanding programs in our profession through the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction Award.

Special thanks to Mike Townsend of Mu Alpha Chapter in Canada for his work as our newsletter editor and to David Lambert, our Secretary-Treasurer, for his tireless leadership of our fraternity affairs.   

I wish each of you much success with your efforts during the months ahead and look forward to working with each of the chapters as we continue to build on the rich legacy that is Phi Beta Mu. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you in the days ahead.

| President
Phi Beta Mu International

Leandro Pascui

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Atibaia, BRAZIL

Leandro Pascui graduated from the Municipal Conservatory of Arts of Guarulhos/SP (2006 Mus.Ed.). In 2003 he was accepted as a member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps – United States, having had the opportunity to study with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps through its director Pat Seidling the following year.

As a music educator, Leandro Pascui has acted as Percussion Director and Arranger for the Fanfarra Municipal de Atibaia – Atibaia, São Paulo; Coordinator of the Projeto Música e Cidadania – Atibaia, São Paulo; Projeto Guri – São Paulo State, Projeto Bramus – Bragança Paulista, São Paulo; Music Education Supervisor of the University of Taubaté – Taubaté, São Paulo; Band Director of FAMUTA – Taubaté, São Paulo; and Band Director of Banda Municipal de Bragança Paulista – Bragança Paulista, São Paulo.

He currently serves as director of the Shadow Scout Marching Band and Piracaia Symphonic Band. He teaches courses and clinics in Brazil and abroad, including in 17 Brazilian states, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Leandro Pascui also is a member and official jurist of WAMSB International – World Association of Marching Show Bands, member of Phi Beta Mu International Beta Zeta Chapter (Brazil), and President and CEO of Imagination Marching Concepts, a company who consults with bands around South America.

Leandro Pascui is also an artist endorsed by international brands of the musical medium; among them. Pearl Drums – Brazil, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Sonart Inc.

Leandro Pascui is also holds a degree in Tourism and Civil Aviation.

David Lum

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Ontario, CANADA

David Lum is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac. /Ed. 1988, B. Ed. 1990) and completed the Graduate Diploma program in Wind Conducting at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2001. He is a past conductor of the Scarborough School’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, and has served as a Senior Administrator of the Scarborough Music Camp. David served as the Conductor of the Northern Ontario Music Festival Honor Band from 2008-2011, and is a past conductor of the Toronto Youth Concert Winds, and Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. In June of 2016, David was featured as a Guest Conductor for TYWO’s 25th Anniversary Tour of New York City, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall.

David served on the board of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) from 2000 to 2015. He initiated the creation of the Awards and Scholarships Committee in 2004, and served as Chair of the committee until 2014. David is a Past President of the Ontario Band Association (OBA), and currently serves as President of the Lambda Iota chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Other professional affiliations/memberships include the Canadian Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA).

An active adjudicator and clinician, David has worked with students from across Canada and the United States, and is a site director for the Trills and Thrills, Canada’s Wonderland Festival, held each May/June.

At present, David is with the Toronto District School Board where he is the Assistant Curriculum Leader of Music (Pathways) at Agincourt Collegiate Institute. The 2013-2014 school year marked his 25th year with the Toronto District School Board. Ensembles under his direction have been recognized for excellence both provincially and nationally, and have performed at Roy Thompson Hall, Massey Hall, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Ontario Provincial Legislature. David was a sessional instructor of the Summer Additional Qualifications course in Instrumental Music for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto from 2008-2014, and currently teaches the Tuba/Euphonium studio at York University.

In 2009 David received an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association, and in May of the same year, was awarded the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award at MusicFest Canada’s “The Nationals.” In December 2012 David was inducted as a Laureate of the Legion of Honor for the John Philip Sousa Society.

David is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

June Bearden

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA

Mrs. June Bearden has recently retired from Frenship Middle School in Wolfforth, Texas where she served as the director of bands for 21 years. Her career of being a proud Texas band director included the school districts of Monahans, Plainview, Lubbock and Frenship over 29 years. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School, followed by Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education with primary study on French Horn and served as drum major of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland.

Her bands were consistent festival and University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award winners. She was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Texas congress of Parents and Teachers when selected as Teacher of the Year at Atkins Junior High School in Lubbock. She has taught at several summer band camps as drum major instructor and band director including the Howard Payne Auxiliary Camp and the Texas Tech Band & Orchestra camp for thirty years. She served as Region XVI Middle School Band Coordinator and served on several TMEA committees over the years.

Her professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu where she currently serves on the International Board of Directors as an Area Representative for the Texas chapter and Alpha chapter Area Representative. She currently serves as president of the Texas chapter of the Women Band Director’s Association. Additional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Tau Beta Sigma and Mu Phi Epsilon. She has been awarded honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. Mrs. Bearden has been a clinician at TMEA and TBA conventions. She is an active adjudicator, clinician and consultant.

Service to Phi Beta Mu includes serving on the Board of Directors as an Area Representative, playing French horn in the reading band at Texas Bandmasters Convention, technical coordinator of the reading band clinic presentation, attending bi-annual meetings and serving as a mentor through the Alpha Chapter Band Director Support Network.

Mrs. Bearden is married to Keith Bearden and they enjoy travel, antique automobiles, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

Keith Rudolph

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Indiana, USA

Mr. Keith Rudolph retired in 2011 after 38 years as band director at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. A 1970 graduate of Butler University, Mr. Rudolph served as graduate assistant for the Butler Bands in addition to a stint as Assistant Director and Staff Arranger for the University of South Carolina Bands. At Butler University Rudolph was greatly influenced by two outstanding directors: Dr. John Colbert and Mr. Michael Leckrone.

Rudolph is currently Secretary and a Past President of Gamma Chapter, Phi Beta Mu National Bandmaster’s Fraternity, and a member Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Music Educator’s National Conference, IMEA, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Recognitions include selection as the 2003 Gamma Chapter Indiana Outstanding Bandmaster and induction in the Hall of Fame in 2012. Mr. Rudolph has been active in ISSMA since its inception in 1980 and has served as president on two occasions. He was also president of NISBOVA shortly before the merger that created ISSMA. Rudolph is well known as an adjudicator and clinician for many ISSMA, IMEA, and other regional and national contests and events. In April 2009 The Instrumentalist featured Mr. Rudolph and the Penn Band program in an extensive article.

Under Rudolph’s direction, the band program at Penn High School has grown from two concert bands with 80 students in 1973 to five concert bands numbering over 300 students today. All five concert bands regularly earn Gold ratings at ISSMA events and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 the top three bands all earned Gold ratings in Group I. The Symphonic Winds have been a frequent state finalist with a runner-up finish in 2009 and top five placing in five of Rudolph’s last seven years. In 2008 the Symphonic Winds performed at the prestigious Midwest International Band Clinic – only the third Indiana concert band in the last 30 years to do so.

The concert bands are the heart of a program that also features outstanding marching and jazz bands: Penn Marching Bands have been featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Parade, Fiesta Parade, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and Gator Bowl Parade. The Marching Kingsmen Band has been a state finalist on numerous occasions with 5th place finishes in his last two years as director. From 1973-2000 Mr. Rudolph also directed the Jazz Ensemble which earned numerous honor nand and soloist awards. From 1982-1994 Rudolph hosted “Jazz at Penn,” a popular invitational headlined by the NIU Jazz Band directed by Ron Modell. Jazz ensembles under his direction have appeared nationally at events including the American Association of School Administrator’s convention in San Francisco and the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Festival in Harrisburg, PA.

Mr. Rudolph and his wife Julie, a retired nurse, reside in Mishawaka. They share five children, four grandchildren, and enjoy family, home projects, travel, reading and golf. Mr. Rudolph is deeply grateful to the countless band students, parents, colleagues, and PHM administrators who have all played key roles in the success of the Penn Bands. Now serving a second term on the Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors, Rudolph is also very active as a judge and clinician for concert and marching bands.

Elva Kaye Lance

PRESIDENT [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Mississippi, USA
Portfolio: Commission

Elva Kaye Lance is Director of Bands at Mississippi State University. Her current responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, providing leadership for the Famous Maroon Band, and administering all aspects of the band program. Ms. Lance also teaches methods classes within the Department of Music and assists with student-teacher supervision. A veteran music educator of 40 years, she previously taught instrumental music in the public schools of Mississippi.

Now in her 27th year at Mississippi State, Ms. Lance has guided the band program through the completion of a multi-million dollar rehearsal facility and construction of a new synthetic turf practice field. Under her leadership the band program has seen the expansion of the band staff and a student enrollment that now includes five concert bands, jazz band, two basketball pep bands, and a marching band with an enrollment of more than 390 students.

As a conductor, she has led the Wind Ensemble in performances for international concert audiences during a 2008 tour of the British Isles, a 2011 tour in Austria and Germany, and an Italian tour in 2014 which included a performance at the International Music Meeting in Padova, Italy. In addition to an annual regional performance tour in the fall semester, in May of 2019 the Wind Ensemble will perform in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Ms. Lance maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching band events throughout the country. Additionally, she is a frequent contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.

In 2011, she received the “State Pride” award from the College of Education for excellence in teaching, research, and service and the Edythe M. McArthur Outstanding Woman Band Director Award for the state of Mississippi. She was named Outstanding Bandmaster for Mississippi in 2015, and in 2017 was named Outstanding Contributor to Bands in Mississippi by the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. She is the recipient of the Bankhead Director of Distinction Award from the American Band College, and was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2018.

Ms. Lance has served as the state chair for the College Band Directors National Association and is presently the state chair for the National Band Association. She has served on the Diversity Committee and as a member of the Athletic Band Committee for the College Band Directors National Association. She is President of the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. Additional professional memberships include the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the National Association for Music Education.

Travis J. Weller

DIRECTOR [2017-2019]
Phi Beta Mu International
Pennsylvania, USA
Public Relations

Travis J. Weller has been the Director of Bands at Mercer-Senior High School since August of 1995. Travis holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University, a Master’s degree in Music Education from Duquense University, and completed his undergraduate degree at Grove City College. In addition to his duties at Mercer, he has taught at Kent State University as an adjunct instructor in music technology for music educators.

Travis has served as President for the District 5 Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He is also a member of Phi Beta Mu, ASCAP, and the National Band Association. He is a past president of the Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and has been serving on the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction Committee. He has been a guest clinician in music education for professional development sessions with PMEA and secondary music methods classes at area colleges and universities.

He has presented numerous times at the PMEA and OMEA State Conferences and has authored several articles in journals and magazines including Teaching Music, The PMEA Journal, Phi Beta Mu International Newsletter, National Band Association Journal, and Learning and Leading with Technology. He has published works for band with The FJH Music Company, Wingert-Jones, C.L. Barnhouse, Grand Mesa, Manhattan Beach, and Bandworks Publications.

Travis is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honor bands and composer-in-residence sessions with school bands across Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. He resides in Mercer with his wife Beth, their three daughters and a son.

Keith Bearden

Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Outstanding Bandmaster committee

Mr. Keith Bearden, Professor Emeritus, retired from Texas Tech University in May 2003 after 23 years as director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and Associate Director of Bands. In addition, he conducted the University Symphonic Band, the Court Jesters Basketball Band, played trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet, taught classes in conducting/music education, and co-directed the Texas Tech summer music camps.

Professor Bearden started his career as band director in Jayton, TX. After only one year, he was drafted into the military. He auditioned for the USAF Academy Band and had the honor of serving as principal trumpet in the Academy concert band and brass quintet. He was also a member of the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble. Following his completion of military service, he enjoyed six more successful years of public school teaching in Albany, and at Lubbock Monterey. His bands were consistent winners in concert, marching, jazz on both state and national levels. In 1980 he was appointed associate director of bands and director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland at Texas Tech University.

In 1979 he was honored by Phi Beta Mu as Texas’ Outstanding Young Bandmaster. He became a member of Phi Beta Mu’s Alpha (Texas) chapter in 1981. He later served Alpha as vice president and president. He is the newly elected president of Phi Beta Mu International. He has also served Phi Beta Mu International as a board member, outstanding bandmaster chair, and vice president. He is an active member and past president of Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and a lifetime member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He has served as a board member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and is a member of the Sudler Shield selection committee.

During his distinguished tenure at Texas Tech University, Professor Bearden was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member by Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and in 1999 his Goin’ Band from Raiderland received the nation’s highest award for collegiate marching bands; the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He was honored for 40 years of association as camper, college worker, instructor, and camp director of the Texas Tech summer band and orchestra camp. Other honors include Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Medal, Texas Tech’s Department of Residence Life’s Professing Excellence Award, the Lubbock Independent School District’s Meritorious Service Award, the Texas Tech Committed of Champions Meritorious Service Award, The Goin’ Band Alumni Ken Porter Service Award, the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Tech School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also received the Texas Bandmasters Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

With a heart for helping develop the skills of young musicians, Professor Bearden remains active as a guest clinician/conductor for numerous Texas schools as well as honor groups across the United States. He is very active as an adjudicator in both concert and marching contests/festivals across the country. He serves as concert band adjudicator for Festival Disney in Orlando each spring.

At the international level, he is a member of the board and a member of the adjudication jury for the World Association of Marching Show Bands. He has judged in Ireland, Malaysia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Thailand and the Philippines. In 2015 he co-hosted a director’s tour to Japan for observation of band techniques and to attend the Japan Wind Ensemble Concert competition. He will serve on the adjudication panel for WAMSB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2016.

Outside of music, Professor Bearden enjoys family, golf and restoring classic cars. His wife June is a middle school band director in the Frenship Independent School District. They are members of the Lakeridge United Methodist Church in Lubbock. They have 2 sons and four grandchildren living in Lubbock and Anchorage, Alaska.

Sheryl Bowhay

Appointed 2016
Phi Beta Mu International
Alberta, CA
Hall of Fame; website committee

Sheryl Bowhay specializes in instrumental music education and has taught bands, orchestras, and choirs at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Ms. Bowhay has actively participated on committees and boards at the local, provincial and national level. Sheryl served various roles on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Band Association, including President in 1995-1996, was the founding President of the Ontario Band Association, and is a Past President of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu

Ms. Bowhay has been acknowledged for her leadership in teaching and the fine arts and was recently honored by the Ontario Band Association with an Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Sheryl currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre for Music. Ms. Bowhay is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician.

David Lambert

Appointed 2008
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Documentation & Records; website committee

David Lambert served 33 years in music education in public schools and retired as Director of Fine Arts for the Fort Bend Independent School District in 2004. He holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and administrative certification from the University of Houston.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Fine Arts, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Nacogdoches High School. He also taught at both Dulles Middle School and John Foster Dulles High School. He serves as Executive Secretary for the University Interscholastic League Music Region 17. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Past President of Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Mu, and is the immediate Past President for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

The Texas Music Administrators Conference named him Texas Music Administrator of the Year for 2000-2001 and the Texas Bandmasters Association presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Administration in 2003. He received the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award from the Stephen F. Austin University School of Music in 2011 and was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gary Wells

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Texas, USA
Constitution and By-Laws

Gary Wells is a native of Atlanta, Texas, and holds degrees in Music Education from Texas A & M Commerce and Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. His teaching career of 33 years was spent primarily in Hope, Arkansas, and Hamshire-Fannett ISD, Hamshire, Texas, from which he retired. While teaching at Hope High School he served as President of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, was an officer in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, and received the ASBDA National Medalist Stanbury Award.

From 2001 until 2018 Gary served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He conducts the Golden Triangle Handbell Ensemble, a select group of handbell ringers from the Beaumont area. Gary is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and in 2013 was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame

Gary and his wife Judy have two children. Alex is the band director at Port Neches-Groves High School and a member of Alpha Chapter. Beth works in the medical field in Nashville, Tennesse. He has two granddaughters, Annika and Lorelei.

Julia Reynolds

DIRECTOR [2018-2020]
Phi Beta Mu International
Arkansas, USA
Portfolio: Outstanding Contributor committee

Julia Reynolds is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association where she coordinates regional and state instrumental music interscholastic events. Prior to accepting that position in 1999, Julia served as Russellville Public School’s band director from 1984-1999 and as Sheridan Public School’s band director from 1976-1984. Julia is a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout Arkansas and surrounding states with notable guest appearances at Four States Bandmasters Association, 1984 Arkansas Honor Band – Sheridan Senior High; American School Band Directors National Association 1994 Convention, and the 1997 United States Presidential Inaugural Parade – Russellville Senior High.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Henderson State University and a Master of Arts in Brass Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. In addition to her work with ASBOA, she teaches studio brass, plays horn in the River Valley Brass Quintet, and serves as the instrumental coordinator at First Baptist Church in Russellville.

Professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu (Past President – Omicron Chapter); the Arkansas Bandmasters Association (Past President, currently Executive Advisor); the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (Past President, currently Executive Secretary); and the National Band Association. In 1984, Julia received the ASBDA-Stanbury Outstanding Young Band Director Award, and in 1997, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association named her Bandmaster of the Year. In 2017 she was appointed to serve on the Midwest Clinic Advisory Committee.

Mike Townsend

Appointed 2016
Phi Beta Mu International
Alberta, CA

Mike Townsend, Supervisor of Music (retired), Grande Prairie School District, Alberta, Canada taught concert band, jazz band and orchestra for 38 years and community marching band for 44 years. He is a member of the Alberta Band Association, Vice President of WAMSB International (World Association of Marching Show Bands), newsletter editor for Phi Beta Mu International, President of the Alberta chapter of Phi Beta Mu – Mu Alpha, and Regional Coordinator for MusicFest Canada.

Mike’s bands have represented Canada in the United States, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Brazil, China, United Kingdom and Austria. Mr. Townsend is active as an international adjudicator and clinician in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and South America. He has assisted in procuring instruments and establishing band programs in Dominica, West Indies.

Mike has served on the board of Canadian Band Directors Association, Alberta Band Association, Music Alberta and Phi Beta Mu International. He is a recipient of the Tommy Banks Jazz Educators Award, the Alberta Band Association’s David Peterkin Award of Excellence, the Vondis Miller Legacy Award, the Phi Beta Mu International Award of Merit and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour.

Dwayne Sagen

Phi Beta Mu International
Tennessee, USA
Special Projects

-Author of papers and articles on instrumental music education.
-Clinician and adjudicator of marching and concert band festivals
-Guest conductor of high school all-state and regional honor bands throughout the United States and Canada
-Presenter of College Admissions Workshops at national and regional mMusic conventions
-Faculty appointments: Henderson State University [Arkansas], 1969-72; Assistant Director of Bands, Trumpet Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Music, University of Mississippi, 1972-86; Director of Vanderbilt Bands since 1986
-Member: College Band Directors National Association; Music Educators National Conference; National Band Association; American School Band Directors Association; elected member of Phi Beta Mu National Band Directors Honorary; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Tau Beta Sigma; Kappa Kappa Psi; American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers
-Blair School since 1986

John M. "Jay" Watkins, Jr.

DIRECTOR [2017-2019]
Phi Beta Mu International
Gainesville, FL
Director, University of Florida Gator Band
Portfolio: Commission Projects

John M. “Jay” Watkins Jr. serves the Gator Nation as the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Professor in the School of Music and as the Director of the Pride of the Sunshine: The Gator Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at UF, he served as Assistant to the Director of Bands, Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, and Conductor of the Longhorn Basketball, Volleyball and Concert Bands at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Symphony Band and the show designer for the Longhorn Band.

Ensembles under his direction have performed and recorded with over 36 Grammy Award-winning artists in a program he developed to integrate the academic, athletic and live music communities of Central Texas. Prior to his appointment at Texas, he served as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University (SC), where he was also the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education.

Mr. Watkins has received recognition as the CSU Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and as a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and was the founder, music director and conductor of The Lowcountry Winds, a professional wind ensemble based in Charleston, SC. He also served as the Director of the U.S. Navy Drum & Bugle Corps, the Director of Instrumental Music at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and was a teacher in the public schools in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to his work in music education, he worked for the US Naval Research Laboratory as a research associate in the areas of liquid fuel propellants and their stability and published over 75 articles in refereed science journals.

Mr. Watkins is a native of Falls Church, VA and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Music Education degrees from George Mason University and Valdosta State University. He holds professional memberships in numerous organizations, served as South Carolina State Chair and Southern Division Chair for the National Band Association, and is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Watkins remains active as a designer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. He is married to the former Natalie Kay McLain of Duncan, SC and they have one son, Jacob.