Wayne Dorothy, D.A.

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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, band repertoire, 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 we recognized for their excellence in concert performance, sight-reading, and marching.

Dorothy received the B.S. and M.S. in music education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the Doctor of Arts in conducting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s prestigious "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), Pi Kappa Lambda (1996), and as a Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend of the Arts” (2014).

Dorothy has been an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in 14 states and performs as a clarinetist and saxophonist. He has served as conductor of the Kansas State University - Faculty Chamber Ensemble, North Dakota Governor’s School Band, North Dakota FFA State Band, principal guest conductor of the Abilene Community Band, and is currently conductor of the Abilene Chamber Players (a professional ensemble). He has served as a guest conductor for the United States Air Force Band, Wichita State University Bands, Ball State University Bands, Kansas State University Bands, and Morehead State University Bands.

Dorothy has engaged in research addressing the development of musical independence and musicianship and has presented papers and sessions at conventions and meetings of the National Band Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Mid-South Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, and American Educational Research Association. He is published in four 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 College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education and Music, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1979
  • Master of Science, Music Education, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1987
  • Doctor of Arts, Conducting and Music History, Ball State University, 1996
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