Congratulations to Fred Fox School of Music distinguished alumnus T. André Feagin, who has been appointed band director at Central Washington University! Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona.
Dr. T. André Feagin previously served as assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music at Colorado State University. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of bands at Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) and associate director of bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His secondary teaching experience includes serving as director of bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Tennessee).
Dr. Feagin has appeared with numerous All-state, regional honor bands, and professional ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Engagements include serving as guest conductor with the 2019 American Spring Festival (Czech Republic), conductor of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band, conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Band, the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, and the New England Intercollegiate Band. He has presented clinics on conducting, leadership, and the marching arts at the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference, Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention, The Savannah State University Conducting Workshop (Georgia), The Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia, the South Carolina Music Educators Association State Convention, the Georgia State University Leadership Institute, the New England Band Directors Institute (New Hampshire), and the National Association for Music Education National Conference.
Dr. Feagin was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America in the inaugural Young Composer/Conductors Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. In 2012, he was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Academy Band at West Point during the Association of Concert Bands National Convention.
Dr. Feagin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a 2019-20 national conducting finalist in the professional/college wind band division of the American Prize. In 2011, Dr. Feagin was honored with a proclamation of “Professor T. André Feagin Day” from the Mayor and City Council of El Paso, Texas. In addition, he has served as a teacher resource guide contributing author in four volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (GIA Publications).
Dr. Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music where he was a student of Gregg I. Hanson. His doctoral research studies Spanish wind composer Bernardo Adam Ferrero and his wind composition Homenaje a Joaquín Sorolla. He holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Wind Conducting and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is grateful for his teachers and mentors that have shaped his passion for conducting and music. Among them are Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Kraig Alan Williams, Thomas Cockrell, Bruce Chamberlain, Pat Morrow, Darry Pilkington, and James Gholson.
Dr. Feagin’s experience in Drum Corps International (DCI) expands two decades. Previous appointments include serving as brass caption head of the Santa Clara Vanguard and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served on the brass staff of the Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, and is the former executive director and brass caption head of the 2007 DCI Division III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performing member, he served four-years as conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He was the recipient of the DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award in 2000 and the DCI Division III Director of the Year Award in 2007. He continues his involvement in the marching arts serving as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, music arranger, visual designer, and program coordinator for some of the nation’s finest high school and university band programs.
Dr. Feagin holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensembles, Minority Band Directors Association, Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon, and honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently serves on the diversity committee for the College Band Directors National Association and serves on the advisory board of Emergence: Research & Performance Topics in Black Music, the scholarly publication of the National Associations of Negro Musicians, Inc.