Dr. Ron Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Music, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches Applied Trumpet, Music Appreciation, and World Music.
He has served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and taught band in the Texas public schools.
As an active adjudicator Dr. Montgomery has presented and conducted at the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Ohio Music Educators Association conventions. He oversaw the commission of four pieces from various genres and participated in commissioning projects for seven wind band works including Trumpets Eternally Sounding, by Rocky Reuter. In 2004, he conducted the world-premiere of Sanctus by Peter Hamlin for band, choir, organ, and tenor soloist. Dr. Montgomery has conducted bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. In 2005, he released the album Made In Minnesota featuring The Continental Harp and Band Report by Eric Stokes and the newly commissioned works of Phil Norris, and Peter Hamlin.
As a trumpeter Dr. Montgomery performed as a member of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kansas Brass Quintet, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. His teachers include Bill Campbell of the University of Michigan, Steve Emory from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Charlie Geyer at the Eastman School of Music. He taught undergraduate trumpet students at the University of Kansas and also served as principal trumpet of the university Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band. In addition, he has led brass clinics throughout the United States and taught trumpet at the Midwestern Band Camp.
He holds a DMA in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona, the MM in Trumpet performance from the University of Kansas, and a BS in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. His professional affiliations include CBDNA, MMEA, OMEA, TMEA, and WASBE.
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