Reporting to the Director of the School of Music, the Director of Athletic Bands is a three year fixed term 12 month position that administers the entire Athletic Band program and directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (POTM) as well as oversees the Men's and Women's Basketball Pep Bands.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding musician, conductor, and educator with an established record of national achievement in leadership of concert and marching bands. We seek an innovative thinker with strong organizational and leadership skills, who thrives in a collaborative environment, and who actively seeks to advance diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism at WCU. Finalists will demonstrate an ability to uphold Western Carolina University's tradition of excellence and innovation in marching band programs, including student leadership development, audition and training days, Summer Symposium camp for high school students and band directors, and the annual Tournament of Champions high school marching band contest.
Responsibilities include show development & design, health and safety of students, coordination & oversight of all associated band staff, coordination with WCU Athletics, and advancing the national/international reputation of the POTM. The new Director of Athletic Bands will teach Marching Band Techniques, assist with recruitment and outreach activities for the POTM and WCU, and collaborate with the Director of Bands in the administration and advancement of a comprehensive university band program for the benefit of our students and community. Additional duties to include conducting Symphonic Band and/or assignments in music education appropriate to the candidate’s strengths and the school’s needs, as determined by the Director of the School of Music.
A master's degree is required with significant leadership experience with marching bands in a secondary and/or collegiate environment.
Earned DMA or Ph.D. in Music. 3-years secondary school teaching experience. 5-years leadership experience with marching bands in a collegiate environment. National reputation in directing and teaching marching bands as evidenced by recognition and honors.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applicant materials will begin immediately. Applicants must submit an on-line application, including cover letter, resume, list of three references and unofficial transcripts. Those seriously considered may be asked to submit further materials such as links to video recordings of marching band and concert band performances. For more information please contact Dr. Margaret Underwood, Search Chair at email@example.com
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.