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Scott Boerma
Scott Boerma

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Scott Boerma is the Director of Bands at Western Michigan University. Previously, he was an Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan and the Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University. Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University and his Master of Music degree in music education at the University of Michigan, where he also studied composition with William Bolcom. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Western Michigan University.

Boerma is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He serves as a guest conductor for several honor bands throughout the nation and frequently conducts the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass holiday concerts.

Boerma’s concert band works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles, including “The President’s Own” Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, and the Music for All Honor Band of America. His works have been featured in the popular GIA series, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Also a prolific arranger, Boerma receives yearly commissions to write music for university and high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps. From 1989-2006 and from 2015-2018, he was the music arranger for the acclaimed Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition, most of the Big Ten university bands have performed Boerma’s arrangements. Boerma has also written arrangements for the Boston Pops and the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass.