Dr. Wayne F. Dorothy is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Hardin-Simmons University where he conducts the Concert Band, "The World Famous" Cowboy Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in conducting and music education. His prior appointments include Director of Bands at North Dakota State University, Assistant Director of Bands at Ball State University, and music education positions at Kansas State University and Morehead State University. He previously taught high school band for eight years in Tennessee, where his bands consistently received superior ratings in concert performance, sight-reading, and marching.
Dr. Dorothy received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in music education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the Doctor of Arts degree in conducting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is a recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" and has been honored as the "1999 North Dakota Band Director of the Year" and with membership in Phi Beta Mu - International Bandmaster's Fraternity (1985).
Dr. Dorothy is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and regularly performs as a clarinetist and saxophonist. He has served as conductor of the Kansas State University-Faculty Chamber Ensemble (2000-02), North Dakota FFA State Band (1996-99), North Dakota Governor's School Band (1995-99), and as principal guest conductor of the Abilene Community Band since 2003. He has presented papers at national meetings of the Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Mid-South Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, and American Educational Research Association and is published in three volumes of the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band series and in The Jazz Band Directors Handbook: A Guide to Success.
Dr. Dorothy is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He recently finished a term on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association and currently serves as College Chair of TMEA, Region 16.