Tremon Kizer

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Tremon Kizer

Lecturer; Pride of Dayton Marching Band Director

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Tremon Kizer is a Lecturer in the Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Dayton, where he oversees the Marching Band, conducts the University Concert Band, and works in all aspects of the athletic band program. In addition, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental music education, ranging from music education methods to summer courses in graduate conducting and wind literature. While at the University of Dayton, he has served as the interim conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the premiere wind ensemble on campus, the Associate Conductor of the UD New Horizons Band, and has served as the Instrumental Music Coordinator.

Recently, he was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of South Carolina, where he assisted and conducted in all aspects of University Band program, which included guest conducting the USC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and as Assistant Producer of an NAXOS Wind Band Classics Recording, which will be released in 2016. Furthermore, he assisted with the organization and instruction of the 400-member Carolina Marching Band. He holds degrees from the University of Central Missouri and Kansas State University.

Previously, he served as Director of Bands at Coffeyville College, where he oversaw all aspects of the wind band program, where he conducted the wind ensemble, marching band, and taught courses in conducting and music theory. He has taught public schools in Missouri and began his teaching career at Goodland High School in Goodland, Kansas.

As a champion of diverse music, he has conducted numerous works for chamber and wind ensemble. Recently, he conducted James Stephenson’s The Devil’s Tale for chamber winds and narrator, making it the first live on stage performance to use actors instead of narrator. He also presented a lecture/performance of the wind band works of two-time Prix de Rome winner, Ulysses S. Kay.

Tremon Kizer is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and leadership consultant throughout the United States. As a guest conductor, he has conducted numerous district and regional honor bands. As a champion for improving leadership skills for high school and college students, he teaches his model for how to maintain a year-around leadership program through leadership seminars for high school band programs. He has been on staff for numerous music camps, drum major clinics, and collegiate and high school concert and marching band camps.

He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Tracy and son, Tremon, Jr.

Degrees

  • Doctorate in Musical Arts (candidate), University of South Carolina
  • Masters in Music, University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelors in Music Education, Kansas State University

Professional Associations

  • College Band Directors National Association
  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
  • National Association for Educators Association
  • Kansas Bandmasters Association