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Scott Boerma
Scott Boerma




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 before then 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 an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, also serving as a guest conductor for several honor bands and community bands throughout the nation each year. He also 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 U.S. Navy Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, and the MFA 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 many university and high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps. For twenty-three years, from 1989-present, he has been the music arranger for the acclaimed Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to many of the ensembles across the nation, most of the Big Ten university marching bands have performed Boerma’s arrangements. He has also written arrangements for the Boston Pops and the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass.