Wayne Dorothy, D.M.


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.

Dorothy received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science 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 has been honored as the “1999 North Dakota Band Director of the Year" and with membership in Phi Beta Mu – International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. He is also a recipient of the National Band Association’s prestigious "Citation of Excellence."

Dorothy is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and regularly performs as a clarinetist and saxophonist. He has engaged in research addressing the development of musical independence and musicianship and has presented papers at national meetings of the National Band Association, Mid-South Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, and Music Educators National Conference. He is published in three volumes of the GIA series “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” and in "The Jazz Band Directors Handbook: A Guide to Success" (Goins, 2003).

Dorothy is a member of the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda. He just finished a term on the Board of Directors of the NBA and currently serves as College Representative of TMEA Region 16.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor's, Music Education and Music, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1979
  • Master's, Music Education, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1987
  • Doctorate, Music and Conducting, Ball State University, 1996
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