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 2019 All State Band Conductor

Dr. Douglas T. Owens-Old Dominion University

Dr. Douglas T. Owens is an Associate Professor of Music, the F. Ludwig Diehn Endowed Chair of Instrumental Music Education, Graduate Program Director, and a past Chairperson of the Old Dominion University Department of Music. He earned the Doctor of Arts degree in Music with emphases in Music Education and Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado in 2003. Dr. Owens earned the Master of Music in trumpet performance in 1986 and the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1983, each from the University of Colorado, Boulder.Dr. Owens is the director of the ODU Jazz Orchestra, and teaches several music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An experienced music educator since 1986, Dr. Owens previously taught at the University Massachusetts, Dartmouth and at the University of Southern Maine. He has been a music educator at the elementary, middle and high school levels in California and Wisconsin. Dr. Owens continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of wind ensembles, concert bands and jazz ensembles.Most recently, Dr. Owens has presented research and performed (with the Virginia Wind Symphony) at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. Additional research presentations include the national meetings of the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, the Eastern Division meetings of the National Association for Music Education, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, the Maine Music Educators Association, the National Hearing Conservation Association, the Health Promotion in Schools of Music Conference, the Performing Arts Medicine Association National Symposium, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference and the University of Northern Colorado Research Conference.Dr. Owens has published musicians’ health related research appearing in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the National Band Association Journal and The Instrumentalist. He is the 2004 recipient of the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award, presented by the Performing Arts Medicine Association for the paper Sound Pressure Levels Experienced by the High School Band Director. His research on music entrepreneurship appears in the book Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context, edited by Gary D. Beckman.Dr. Owens is a member of the Virginia Wind Symphony. While lead trumpet in the Portland (Maine) Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Owens performed with Bob Mintzer, the New York Voices, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, Greg Hopkins and Denis DiBlasio. He appears on the 2009 PJO recording “Nor’easter.” Additionally, Dr. Owens has been a member of the Thomas Snow Band, the Chris Humphrey Big Band, and the Norumbega Brass.


 2019 Band Manager

Kyle Smith
Westbrook High School


 2019 Program Selections

The Pathfinder of Panama, John Philip Sousa/Loras John Schissel

George Washington Bridge, William Schuman 

Hymn for the Innocent, Julie Giroux

Night on Fire, John Mackey