Sound Musical Practices Intended to Deliver a Lifetime of Success
- This clinic will focus on strategies utilized in creating a top-tier high school band program in minority communities while providing the leadership for a lifetime of artistic appreciation, community service and adult stewardship.
- Walter Harley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12/15/2016 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
- Meeting Room W183
- Walter A. Harley is in his 28th year teaching and 22nd as Chairman, Director of Bands and Orchestra at Oxon Hill High School. During his tenure at Oxon Hill, the bands and orchestra have received Superior and Excellent ratings at local, state and national music festivals.
Walter Harley attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC from 1979 to 1984. Mr. Harley studied percussion with Robert Rosen. Upon graduating from Livingstone College, he attended Morgan State University and studied percussion with Leo Page and Robert Kenneth who both were members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. There he directed Morgan State University Percussion Ensemble as a graduate student and was director of bands at Mark of Excellence Christian Academy and assistant band director at Western High School both in Baltimore. Walter later in his teaching career attended University of Maryland, College Park, and studied conducting with John Wakefield who became his mentor and friend.
Oxon Hill High School performed “A Salute to the 2008 Olympic in Beijing, China. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Maryland Music Educators Association, Maryland Band Directors Association, Maryland Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association (High School Representative), Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Minority Band Directors National Association, and Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc.
Walter have received Band Director of the Year 2008, LOVE Award 2009, and 2012, Prince Georges’ County Teacher of the Year 2000, Prince Georges’ County Outstanding Educator of the Year 2010, 2011, and 2012, The Washington Post Agnes Myer Outstanding Educator of the Year 2012, and National Band Association Citation of Excellence 2011, and 2012.
Walter Harley and his wife Janis reside in Fort Washington, MD. They have three children Sheryl Dias Landers (engineer), Jéaclem (accountant), Arreon Harley (vocalist) and four grand-children. Mr. Harley continues to clinic, adjudicate, and teach at universities high school band camps. He and his wife Janis are both active members of Healthy Choice Ministries International in Baltimore, MD.