Current and Past Conductors

2019 Conductors

The Blue Band will be under the direction of clinician Dr. Linda Moorhouse

Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse
Associate Director, School of Music
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse currently serves as Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.   She also holds an appointment in the Bands Division as Senior Associate Director and is a member of the conducting faculty. Prior to her current position, she served as Interim Director of Bands at the University of Illinois and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, and wind band history.  Before joining the University of Illinois School of Music in fall 2010, Dr. Moorhouse served on the faculty at Louisiana State University for over 20 years, where she was the recipient of LSU School of Music and several campus-wide awards for teaching excellence. While at LSU, she taught conducting, directed the LSU Symphonic Winds, and served as drill designer, auxiliary choreographer, co-director and teacher of record of the LSU Tiger Marching Band, one of a select few award-winning college marching bands in Division I universities. Under her leadership, the LSU Tiger Band received the Sudler Trophy (the “Heisman trophy” of college marching bands), and won the 2008 ESPN “Battle of the Bands” contest. She also served as director and administrator of the LSU Summer Music Camps.

Dr. Moorhouse is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator both nationally and internationally and her service to the band profession is a matter of record. Concert ensembles under her direction at two different universities have been featured at either national or regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and the North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference.  She currently serves as President-Elect of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and she is a past President and the current Executive Secretary of the National Band Association, the largest professional organizaton for bands, where she also serves as Editor of the NBA Journal. She is also a past President of the Women Band Directors International, where she is a recipient of the organization’s “Silver Baton” and “International Golden Rose” awards for outstanding leadership and service to the music profession.  Honored as a Member Laureate (member of international distinction) of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional fraternity for women in music, Dr. Moorhouse is also a recipient of the “Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit” from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of extraordinary service to the music community. She also serves as a member of the Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Trophy Committee. The National Band Association has recognized her contributions to bands and band music on numerous occasions with the NBA Citation of Excellence, along with recent election to the Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts (AWAPA), considered the “Oscar” of the band world. She is the 72nd inductee to this honored academy of prominent musicians and educators. Dr. Moorhouse is a member of the VIP community within the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer, and is also recognized in Grove Music Online.

Dr. Moorhouse received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting degree from the University of Washington, where she studied with Peter Erös and Timothy Salzman. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from LSU, and a Bachelor of Music Education with Honors degree from the University of Florida, where she is a member of the University of Florida Bands Hall of Fame.

The Red Band will be under the direction of clinician Mr. Jerry Gipson

Mr. Gerald Gipson

Gerald “Jerry” Gipson received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied percussion with Charmaine Asher Wiley.  He studied advanced conducting with Dr. Craig Fuchs, Pittsburg State University.  Jerry is a founding member of the Kansas John Philip Sousa Junior Honor Band and served on the Executive Committee from 2003-2016.

Jerry retired in 2017 following a 42 year teaching career, all in Kansas.  Jerry began his career at Nallwood Junior High School in Shawnee Mission in January of 1973.  Positions at Olathe North High School and Arrowhead Middle School followed.  Jerry retired after 26 years as Director of Bands at Oxford Middle School in Blue Valley.

Jerry served as both the Middle Level Band Chair and Middle Level Orchestra Chair for the Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association.  He served as a co-conductor of the Olathe Area Youth Symphony for nine seasons and was guest conductor at the Midwestern Music Camp for seven summer sessions.  His bands performed for the Kansas Music Educators In-Service Workshop on seven occasions.

Jerry was inducted into the KMEA Hall of Fame in February of 2018.  He continues to be active as substitute teacher, clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator.


Past Conductors
Robert E. Foster – John Lynch – Victor Sisk – Lt. Col. Allen Bonner – James Hudson – Paula Crider – Richard Saucedo – David Clemmer – David Holsinger – Martin Bergee – Douglas Akey – Craig Fuchs – Scott Wiess – Paul Popiel – Ann Goodwin-Clark – John O’Rielly – Mathew O. Smith – James Swearingen – Sharon Toulouse  – Johnnie Vinson – Quincy Hilliard – Lindsey Williams – Larry Clark – Andrew Boysen – Lyndsay Boysen