Legends of the Big Ten
- This session is part one of a two year series featuring Legends of the Big Ten in a panel discussion including emeritus faculty from band departments in the Big Ten. This year’s discussion includes Dr. Al G. Wright, Purdue University; Professor Ray E. Cramer, Indiana University; Professor John Whitwell, Michigan State University; Myron Welch, University of Iowa. The decades of experience from each panel member will serve as a back drop for a lively discussion about the band world, trends in the band profession and music education along with fun memories and stories from a collective 160+ years in the profession. Jay Gephart, Director of Bands at Purdue University and former President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association will serve as moderator.
- Jay Gephart (email@example.com)
- 12/19/2013 03:00 PM - N/A
- Jay S. Gephart joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. He currently serves as Director of Bands, music director of the Purdue Wind Ensemble and director of the “All-American” Marching Band.
Under his direction, the Purdue Wind Ensemble performed at the 2012 national convention of the American Bandmaster's Association in Indianapolis. The Purdue Wind Ensemble has also served as the World Projects collegiate showcase ensemble at both Carnegie Hall in New York and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. His ensembles have also performed at numerous state conventions and conferences. During his tenure as director, the Purdue “ All-American” Marching Band performed in the 2013 Dublin, Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2008 “Meet in Beijing” International Arts and Music Festival prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Professor Gephart has served as guest conductor, clinician and lecturer nationally and internationally including appearances as conductor of All-State Bands in Indiana, Virginia and Arkansas. 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.
Mr. Gephart holds memberships in the American Bandmaster’s Association, National Band Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Indiana Bandmaster’s Association and Phi Beta Mu. He currently holds positions of Vice President and Treasurer of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, collegiate representative of the National Band Association and is on the Board of Directors for the American Bandmaster’s Association. He is also a member of the NBA Revelli Composition Contest selection committee. From 2010-12, he served as President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association.
Professor Gephart holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from Indiana University. He, his wife Jana and their family reside in Lafayette, Indiana.