This week Nick Averwater talks with Randy Dale, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Mississippi, to get some ideas about recruiting new students for your band program. Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022 in downtown Memphis, where Randy was giving a presentation for Amro University.
Randy Dale is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands for the University of Mississippi. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Mississippi in 2001. He served with the Ole Miss Band as a graduate assistant for one year before becoming director of bands at the Southern Baptist Educational Center in Southaven, Mississippi. He continued studying through the University of Mississippi to earn his master’s degree in music education in 2005. Dale holds memberships in The Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC), The Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA).
In eight years at SBEC, Dale was able to produce outstanding results that were unprecedented for the program. Under his direction, the band tripled in size. The band won numerous awards and superior ratings at contests in Mississippi and Tennesee. His students have qualified for Mississippi Lions Band and have participated in world-class drum and bugle corps. Dale serves as an adjudicator for marching band competitions and indoor percussion competitions throughout Mississippi and Tennessee.
Photo & Biography credit: The University of Mississippi - Department of Music
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