Current and Past Conductors

2021 Conductors

The Blue Band will be under the direction of clinician & conductor Jay Gephart

Jay S. Gephart joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after completing 12 years as a public school band director. In July of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and in 2009 was promoted to Full Professor. In November, 2006, Professor Gephart was appointed Director of University Bands and currently serves as the Al G. Wright Chair of Purdue Bands and Orchestras. He is the director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band the Purdue University Wind Ensemble. He is also coordinator of the concert band program. From 1995-2006, Professor Gephart served as the music director for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Artistic Director for the Kokomo, Indiana Park Band.

Professor Gephart received a Master of Music Degree in Tuba Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with Distinction from Indiana University in 1983. Under his direction, the Purdue Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra have shared the stage with some of the nation’s outstanding soloists and have represented Purdue at the Indiana Music Educators Association state convention on two occasions. In February of 2012 the Purdue Wind Ensemble performed a concert at the national convention of the American Bandmaster’s Association, held in Indianapolis. Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble has also performed concerts in Chicago’s Symphony Center and in New York’s Carnegie Hall on two occasions.

Under his direction the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band has traveled literally around the world. With recent performances in Beijing China, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and La Feria de las Flores in Medellin, Colombia, the “All-American” Marching Band continues to serve as an ambassador for Purdue, the state of Indiana and the nation.

Professor Gephart has served as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator both nationally and internationally having conducted All-State Bands in Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, Arkansas and Kentucky. He has served as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and at numerous conferences and in-service workshops. In 1997, he was selected to conduct the music camp honor band for the Department of Education in the Northern Region of Queensland, Australia. In his career he has been the recipient of many awards and honors including the Indiana Outstanding Bandmaster Award,  the Purdue University New Professional Award, and the 2018 James Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award. In 2016, he was named an Honorary Old Master by Purdue University. He has commissioned numerous works for wind band, including “Anthem” by Steven Bryant which was premiered in 2011 celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Purdue Bands. Most recently he has served on the faculty of the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon and serves on the ABC Board of Directors.

Mr. Gephart has been very active in various professional organizations including National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Indiana Bandmaster’s Association, Indiana Music Educators Association and Phi Beta Mu. In 2018, he was named Collegiate Educator of the Year by the Indiana Music Educators Association. From 2010-12, he served as President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association and currently holds the position of Vice President and Treasurer of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is also a member of the NBA Revelli Composition Contest selection committee. In 2012, he was elected to a position on the board of the National Band Association, serving as the Collegiate Representative. Professor Gephart was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association in 2008. He served on the ABA Board of Directors from 2012-present and was elected Vice President in March, 2018.  He and his wife Jana have four children and two grandchildren.  They reside in Lafayette, Indiana.


The Red Band will be under the direction of clinician & conductor Dr. Tremon Kizer
Tremon Kizer serves as the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida. In addition to serving as the lead administrator for the UCF athletic band program, he conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches courses in music education, conducting, and observe music education student interns. Concurrently, he serves as the principal conductor of the Youth Band of Orlando, a high school honor wind ensemble based in Central Florida.

Under his direction, the UCF Marching Knights has the largest membership in university history with over 375 students. Recently, they have performed twice at the American Athletic Conference Championship, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, the Gasparilla Bowl, and the Auto Nation Cure Bowl. Furthermore, the Marching Knights have been invited, and have performed at Bands of America Regional Competitions, the Florida Marching Band Championships, and at the Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World. The Marching Knights has also been recognized and featured at the CBDNA Southern Division Conference. As principal conductor of the Youth Band of Orlando, in partnership with Conn-Selmer and American Youth Ensembles, notable performances have been conducted with guest artist such as Moanin’ Frogs (saxophone quartet) and Christopher Bill (trombone).

In addition to his work at UCF, Tremon serves on the National Band Association Revelli Composition Contest Selection Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in 2022, will host the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium at the University of Central Florida. He is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and leadership consultant. As a guest conductor, he has conducted numerous district, regional, state, and professional wind bands such as the United States Army Band. He has been on staff for numerous music camps, drum major clinics, and collegiate and high school concert and marching band camps.

As a champion of diverse music, he has conducted and presented numerous works for chamber and wind band. Tremon frequently presents on programming literature that reflect the demographics of the students in the music classroom. He has given lectures and presented at numerous international and national conferences such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference, the College Band Director National Conference (CBDNA), the Southern Division CBDNA Conference, and the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium. In addition, he has presented at several state music conferences and has been featured in The Marching Roundtable and Teaching Music.

Tremon comes back to Kansas living in Manhattan, Kansas, where he attended Manhattan Middle School and Manhattan High School. His middle school public-school music teachers were Uel Burden and Scott Freeby. Later, he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in music education from Kansas State University, where his major professors were Dr. Frank Tracz, Dr. Paul Hunt, Dr. Jack Flour, Dr. Wayne Goins, Mr. Dennis Wilson, and Mr. Jerry Polich. Tremon went to teach in the Goodland Public Schools and later at Coffeyville Community College. Since leaving Kansas, Tremon has earned a masters from the University of Central Missouri, served on the conducting faculty at the University of Dayton, and earned a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

His professional associations include the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Educators

Association, and the National Band Association. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha and holds honorary memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He relaxes by reading, studying, traveling, and spending time with his beautiful wife and amazing child.

 

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 – Linda Moorhouse – Gerald Gipson –
Randall Standridge – Avian Bear