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W. Dale Warren
W. Dale Warren




W. Dale Warren (Fayetteville, Arkansas) is Senior Wind Band Conductor and Professor of Music in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Music. During his three-plus decades of service at the university, Warren has conducted the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Varsity Band, and Campus Band. He also teaches music education courses, supervises music education interns (student teachers), and is actively engaged in the graduate instrumental conducting program. From 1991-2000, Warren was the Director of the UA Razorback Marching Band. He is also the director of the highly successful UA Summer Music Camps. Warren taught at Kentucky high schools Bremen and North Hardin from 1980-1986. His bands received numerous awards and Division I ratings. He has guest conducted all-district, all-region, and all-state honor bands as well as university bands in 39 states. Warren has completed a faculty residency with the Kasetsart University Wind Symphony in Bangkok, Thailand. For 20 years he served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Orlando. During Warren’s affiliation with Music for All/Bands of America, he served as a member of the Educational Advisory Board and for the past 36 years as an adjudicator and chief judge. In addition to serving as chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield Award Committee, Warren is a John Philip Sousa Foundation Board Member, a Past President of the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Association, and for the past 21 years has been a member of the Institutional Review Board at Washington Regional Medical Center. Since Warren arrived at the University of Arkansas, the UA Wind Symphony has made six guest appearances at College Band Directors National Association Conventions. The UA Wind Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the Arkansas Music Educators Convention/All-State Conference on two occasions under Warren’s baton. During his tenure as Director, the Razorback Marching Band performed numerous times for former President William Jefferson Clinton, including the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Under Warren’s leadership, the Razorback Band performed at the SEC Championship, the Cotton Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Carquest Bowl, and the Independence Bowl. The Razorback Marching Band also appeared as the Grand Finale Band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Warren is a former marching member of the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Schaumburg, Illinois, and a former brass and visual staff member for the Guardsmen and the Imperial Guard Drum and Bugle Corps of Evansville, Indiana. He has also served as a Drum Corps International (DCI) Adjudicator. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. He also served on the music department faculty as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky from 1986-1991.