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Travis Cross
Travis Cross

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Travis J. Cross serves as professor of music at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Cross has conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference and College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference and prepared the band for centenary performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cross previously taught five years at Virginia Tech and four years at Edina (Minn.) High School. He earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than twenty original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in more than thirty states, Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; and at the Midwest Clinic and has engagements in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Wyoming, Virginia, and Korea during the 2019–20 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.