Jay S. Gephart
Al G. Wright Chair, Director of Bands
Director of the “All-American” Marching Band and Purdue Wind Ensemble
Jay S. Gephart joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. In July 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, and in 2009 was promoted to Full Professor. From 1995-2006, Professor Gephart served as the director for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and the Purdue Wind Ensemble.
Gephart received a Master of Music Degree in Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with Distinction from Indiana University in 1983.
Under his direction, the Purdue Wind Ensemble has shared the stage with some of the nation’s outstanding soloists and have represented Purdue at the Indiana Music Educators Association state convention on two occasions. In February 2012, the Purdue Wind Ensemble performed a concert at the national convention of the American Bandmaster’s Association held in Indianapolis. His wind ensemble has also performed on the stage at Chicago’s Symphony Center and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City on two occasions. Gephart has conducted All-State Bands in Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, and Arkansas. He has also served as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
Since being appointed director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, he has heightened the national and international reputation of the program. In 2008, the band traveled to Beijing, China to perform in the “Meet in Beijing” International Arts and Music Festival prior to the Olympic Games, in 2010 became the first Big Ten Band to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in 2013 landed in Ireland to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, and in 2015 established a partnership with Colombia when the band performed at the La Feria de Las Flores.
Professor Gephart has been very active in various professional organizations including Music Educator’s National Conference, National Band Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Indiana Bandmaster’s Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu. From 2010-2012, he served as President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer and Vice President of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is also a member of the NBA Revelli Composition Contest selection committee. Professor Gephart was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association in 2008 and currently serves on the ABA Board of Directors.
He and his wife Jana have four children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Mo Trout
Professor of Bands
Director of Jazz Bands
Dr. Marion T. “Mo” Trout is an active clinician, adjudicator, trumpet soloist, and guest conductor for jazz bands, concert bands and orchestras throughout the United States. He has conducted numerous All-District, Region and Area jazz bands as well as All-State Jazz Bands in Oklahoma and Indiana. As a Professor of Music and director of the jazz program at Purdue University since 1997, Dr. Trout directs the Purdue Jazz Band, the American Music Repertory Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Concert Jazz Band. He also teaches a Jazz Theory Workshop and Jazz History. Under his direction the Purdue Jazz Band has collaborated with numerous jazz artists including Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, the New York Voices, Tom Harrell, Allen Vizzutti, Eddie Daniels and Eric Marienthal to name only a few. Dr. Trout’s Purdue bands have toured throughout the US and Europe and performed at such prestigious venues as the University of North Texas Jazz Festival, the Notre Dame Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival garnering numerous band and soloist awards. In three European tours the band has performed at the Montreux, Alpine and North Sea International Jazz Festivals and hosted a study abroad tour to Italy in 2008 and another to Eastern Europe in 2011. Dr. Trout received his Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University and both his Master of Music Education degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Trumpet Performance) from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Pamela J. Nave
Associate Professor of Bands
Director of Percussion and Gold & Black Sound (GABS)
Assistant Director of “All-American” Marching Band
Dr. Pamela J. Nave, Associate Professor of Bands, serves as Purdue Bands & Orchestras Percussion Specialist. Formerly on the bands faculty at Ball State University, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University. At OSU, she won the graduate concerto competition as a marimba soloist, adding it to a list of undergraduate honors at Ball State that includes being a two-time recipient of the James L. Lane Percussion Award and winner of BSU’s Concerto Competition. Between degrees, Nave, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, operated a private percussion studio in Noblesville and performed as a freelance percussionist throughout Indiana.
Matthew R. Conaway
Assistant Professor of Bands
Director of Symphonic and Varsity Bands
Director of Boiler Brass
Assistant Director of “All-American” Marching Band
Matthew R. Conaway was appointed to the Purdue faculty in August 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Bands. He serves as an associate director of the famed “All-American” Marching Band, directs the “Boiler Brass” Men’s Basketball Pep Band, and conducts the Purdue Symphonic Band and Varsity Band. He also is the faculty supervisor for the band’s various auxiliary units, serves as the department’s technology coordinator, and coordinates the annual Band Day event. He is responsible for coordinating marching band travel, and has organized trips around the Big Ten, as well as a significant performance experience in Medellín, Colombia in 2015. He mentors many student organizations, serving as faculty sponsor for the Beta Sigma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the Gamma Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the departmental Volunteer Leadership Team, the Band & Orchestra Technology Office, and the Purdue Musical LGBTQ+ Society. Conaway also serves the university as a member of the Purdue University Senate and the Advisory Committee on Equity.
Prior to his appointment to Purdue’s faculty, Conaway served for ten years as the Director of Bands for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation, during which time the program received many state and national accolades for musical excellence. He brought back the Marching “Red Devil” Band, basketball pep band, jazz band, and symphony orchestra to the music department, and raised band program enrollment by over 200 students in grades 5-12. During his tenure, West Lafayette became regarded as one of the great small-school music programs in Indiana, with two state concert finals appearances and dozens of superior festival ratings. Under Conaway’s leadership, the NAMM Foundation recognized the West Lafayette Community School Corporation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Conaway is an award-winning, internationally-known composer for concert bands, with over fifty original works currently in publication. His compositions range from very beginning through very advanced, based on his experience working with all levels of performers in grade 5-12, collegiate, and professional ensembles. He has received commissions from many schools and honor bands in the last five years. Conaway was honored to experience his Carnegie Hall debut in March 2016 with a world premiere performance by the Purdue Wind Ensemble.
He is also an accomplished arranger, and has written for athletic bands at Indiana University, Purdue University, and many high schools and colleges throughout the country. Millions of people have heard Conaway’s arrangements at multiple festivals, bowl games, basketball tournaments, and other major sporting events since 1999. His compositions and arrangements are available globally through the C.L. Barnhouse Company and the Hal Leonard Corporation.
After graduating from Woodhaven (MI) High School in 1997, Conaway attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where he studied arranging with David Woodley. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction in 2001, and earned a Masters of Music degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010. He is a member of NAfME, CBDNA, NBA, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, and ASCAP. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and was recently inducted into the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at concert band festivals and competitions throughout the United States.
Adam M. Bodony
Director of Orchestras
Adam M. Bodony was appointed Visiting Instructor in 2015, as director of orchestras. Bodony is the director of the Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras.
Adam Bodony also currently serves as Executive Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras (NWYO) in Indiana. Based at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, NWYO is an organization of youth orchestras with an enrollment of approximately 220 young musicians from all over the state of Indiana. The organization’s top orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 under the direction of Mr. Bodony. Mr. Bodony’s previous posts include Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016) and Associate Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights Music Festival (2013-2015). Mr. Bodony has also worked with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Repulic), as well as several high school, college, and community ensembles across the country. His primary conducting teachers include Arthur Fagen, Leonid Korchmar, and Kirk Trevor.
Mr. Bodony earned a bachelor’s degree in both religious studies and trombone performance from DePauw University in 2008 and a master’s degree in trombone performance from Indiana University in 2011 where his primary teachers were Jim Beckel and Carle Lenthe, respectively. He has pursued conducting studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and Indiana University.
As a trombonist, Mr. Bodony has frequently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and can be heard playing 2nd trombone on their latest two album releases under the Telarc label, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański and Jun Märkl, respectively. Additionally, during the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Bodony served as Cover Conductor and Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Indianapolis Symphony.
In 2013, Mr. Bodony was honored with the Beckmann Emerging Artist Award given by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to a young professional with exceptional talent and promise in a given field.
Director of Partners in Music Education
Assistant Director of “All-American” Marching Band
Max Jones, who took a sabbatical to work with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band in the fall of 2005, was named to the position of Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University in 2006, replacing retired Professor Bill Kisinger. He served as the assistant director of the marching band, director of Symphonic Band and Boiler Brass. In addition, he supervised the Partners in Music Education program and the Clothing Office. In 2011, Mr. Jones was appointed Recruitment, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Purdue University in the University Bands department. He continues to serve as the assistant director of the marching band, director of Boiler Brass, coordinator of the Partners in Music Education program, and supervisor of the Clothing Office.
His teaching career began at Monroe Central HS (1968-70) followed by 13 years at Winchester Community HS (1970-83), two years at Southport HS, and 21 years at Concord Community HS in Elkhart (1985-2006) where he served as Director of Music. Mr. Jones retired in 2006 after 38 years of public school music education in Indiana. His marching bands were among the finest in the nation, placing first in the Indiana State School Music Association state marching band competition eight times, and state runners-up 9 times. Mr. Jones’ Winchester Marching Band, “the Force”, won the prestigious 1977 Great Bands of the Orange Bowl national championship. Over the years, his Winchester and Concord marching bands performed numerous times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Gimble’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Mr. Jones’ Concord Marching Band was the subject of author Kristen Laine’s book, American Band, a portrait of life in the nation’s heartland as seen through the lens of a unique American ritual.
Symphonic bands directed by Mr. Jones at Concord High School and Southport High School were state finalists in the Indiana State School Music Association concert band state finals many times during his tenure, placing as high as third on several occasions. All of his bands consistently earned ‘Superior’ ratings at ISSMA contests.
Mr. Jones served as President of the Indiana State School Music Association four times during his career, President of Phi Beta Mu Gamma Chapter, and was a member of IBA, IMEA, Purdue University Bands Advisory Board, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade Committee, and Assistant Coordinator for the Indiana State Fair Band Day. In 1991, he received the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award, and in 2004 was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame.
Mr. Jones is a graduate of Ball State University and earned his B.M. in Education from Ball State as an organ major in 1967 followed by his M.M. in Education in 1969.
Max and his wife Dianne, a retired elementary music teacher, reside in Lafayette and are the parents of son Gavin – a 2005 graduate of Purdue University and freelance photographer currently working in New York City.
Douglas R. Fletcher
Director of Boiler Box Band, Concert Band, Collegiate Band, and Fall Concert Band
Assistant Director of “All-American” Marching Band
Douglas R. Fletcher will be appointed Visiting Instructor of Bands for the 2016-2017 academic year, and will serve as assistant director for the “All-American” Marching Band, director of the Boiler Box Band, director of the Concert and Collegiate Bands, and director of Fall Concert Band. Doug is thrilled to join the Purdue Bands & Orchestras department after a highly successful thirty-one year career as a high school band director.
Mr. Fletcher’s public teaching career includes directorships at Monroe-Central Jr./Sr. High School (1985-1992), Winchester Community High School (1992-1998), Highland High School (1998-2010), Anderson High School (2010-2011), and a second stint at Winchester Community High School (2011-2016). His high school concert bands have performed at the IMEA State Convention on three occasions with ensembles from three different schools, twice at the ISSMA State Concert Band Finals with the Highland Wind Ensemble, and numerous times at ISSMA Organizational and IMEA Concert Band Festivals.
Fletcher’s successes as a high school marching band director include several appearances at the ISSMA Marching Band State Finals. His true niche and passion, however, has been with the historic Indiana State Fair Band Day contest. He is the only director to win the Indiana State Fair Band Day at four different schools and holds a record twelve wins for the most State Fair championships won as a director. His marching bands have performed in numerous major parades including the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Douglas Fletcher was named the 2008 IMEA Outstanding High School Music Educator and in 2010 was the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award. Fletcher holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University. He played trombone in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for twenty years and played for ten years in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Doug has served as choir director/organist at various churches in Anderson, Muncie, and Winchester. He also arranges music for marching bands and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator. Doug also coordinated the IMEA Honor Band for several years and has served on the IMEA Board of Directors.
Mr. Fletcher is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu honorary fraternity for band directors, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Doug is married to Amy Fletcher, who teaches in the Greenfield-Central Schools. The Fletchers currently reside in Muncie with their two black labs, Bailey and Boaz.