Wind Bands

We strive to promote personal musical growth within a collective environment.

The students share in this commitment, aspiring to the highest possible standards of musical excellence and maximizing their own trajectory by setting personal goals for the productive use of ensemble rehearsal time. Balancing the needs of the community with those of the individual, the ensembles study and perform a range of wind band repertory on campus and throughout the Valley.

The Wind Band program in the Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University honors its rich history while reflecting the “state of the art” through dynamic and innovative performances. The Wind Bands at ASU have performed multiple times at national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the American Bandmaster’s Association (ABA), the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC) and at the Midwest International Clinic.

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Ensembles commonly define “community engagement” as giving public concerts from a stage. This phenomenon is a recent one, however. History demonstrates, for the most part, making music has always been an interactive, participatory activity. To that end, the ASU bands in the Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre regularly venture beyond the campus and embark on activities that truly embed our music making in the community. We visit schools and teach children through our art. We offer informal concerts for hospitals, shelters and community events. We perform for retirement communities and small arts series throughout the Valley. Not only do we invite patrons to visit us in ASU concert halls, but we also look forward to venturing into the community and coming to you.


The current leadership of Jason Caslor, director of bands; Jamal Duncan, associate director of bands; and James G. Hudson, director of athletic bands, continues to build on the superb efforts of those who preceded them.

  • Lillian Williams, 1915–1917
  • J. Paul Jones, 1929–1931
  • Carl G. Hoyer, 1931–1938
  • Robert G. Lyon, 1938–1943
  • Miles A. Dresskell, 1945–1946
  • Felix E. McKernan, 1946–1952
  • Charles D. Bowers, 1948–1950 (associate)
  • E. Joseph Scrafford, 1950–1956 (associate)
  • Harold C. Hines, 1952–1966
  • Ronald A. Holloway, 1957–1963 (associate)
  • Ronald K. Fuller, 1963–1968 (associate)
  • William H. Hill, 1966–1969
  • Kenneth O. Snapp, 1970–1974
  • Robert W. Miller, 1970–1973 (associate)
  • Eugene D. Anderson, 1973–1974 (associate)
  • Richard E. “Doc” Strange, 1974–1999 (Director of Bands Emeritus)
  • Robert C. “Coach” Fleming, 1974–2002 (Associate Director of Bands Emeritus)
  • Martin Province, 2002–2007 (associate)
  • Wayne Bailey, 2007–2015 (associate)
  • Gary W. Hill, 1999–2019 (Director of Bands Emeritus)
  • Jason Caslor, 2015–2019 (Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras)
  • Elliott Tackitt, 2019–2020 (Instructor of Wind Band Conducting)

Listen and watch

Scott McAllister: More Cowbell!

John Cage: 4'33"

Cait Nishimura: Chasing Sunlight

Leonard Bernstein: Slava!

Jordan Nobles: Slipstream (excerpt)

John Frantzen: SKRONK

Wind Band opportunities

Chamber Winds

Chamber Winds

Maroon and Gold Bands

Maroon and Gold Bands

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony

Wind band Degrees

conductor conducting

Conducting, DMA

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Music Performance, DMA

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Music Performance, MM

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Music, BA

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Music, Minor

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Performance (Conducting), MM

trumpet and trombone

Performance (Jazz), BMUS

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Performance (Orchestral Instrument), BMUS

Director of bands

Associate director of bands

Director of athletic bands

2022-2023 teaching assistants

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Dylan Rook Maddix, a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator, is a second-year doctorate student at Arizona State University pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind band conducting. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, he is founder of the Toronto Winds and co-host of The Band Room Podcast.
Maddix served as Professor of Music and head of wind and brass studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he conducted the wind ensemble, taught music theory, wind/brass methods and pedagogy courses. He rebuilt the wind ensemble program and founded the Cambrian College Wind Conducting Workshop, and was also on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.
He maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community and has been music director of the Milton Concert Band and the Northern Brass Choir, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program and is currently manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.

Maddix was the conducting/music consultant for Netflix’s Umbrella Academy and Global TV’s Private Eyes and has performed with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet and Vox Aeris Trio.

A 2011 and 2014 Canadian National Music Festival prizewinner, he has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. Maddix holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

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Kevin Joseph most recently served as Associate Director of Bands at Basha High School in Chandler. Prior to his appointment at Basha, Kevin was the Director of Bands at Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa, Arizona. Kevin regularly plays Tuba with the Red Mountain Brass Quintet and the Chandler Symphony. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Secondary Music Education from Ottawa University.

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Anna Scott currently resides in Sioux City, IA. This past school year she served as the Saxophone Instructor at Morningside University and Instrumental Methods Instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Previously, Anna was the Head Band Director from 2016-2022 at East High School in Sioux City where she oversaw the Symphonic Band, Black Raider Marching Band, Jazz I, and athletic pep bands. Anna began her teaching career in 2013 as the 5-12 Band Director in Saint Ansgar, IA.

Anna earned her Master’s of Music degree from The University of Kansas in saxophone performance and Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University. Outside of school and teaching, Anna has served in South Dakota’s 147th Army Band for 15 years playing saxophone in the music performance team, SGT Rock. She also has an energetic, 5-year-old mini Goldendoodle, Rey.