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Director of the Marching Band-Assistant Professor of Music

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Ferrum College

Ferrum, VA

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Interested candidates should submit a resume to

Human Resources

P.O. Box 1000

Ferrum, VA 24088

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Ferrum, Virginia

Join a vibrant, diverse campus community in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ferrum College’s Department of Music invites applicants for the position of Director of the Panthers Marching Band, the Sound of Panther Pride

. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 2018.

This is a unique moment in the history of Ferrum College. In Fall 2018, Ferrum College joins the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and will launch its first marching band program in over 50 years. The Director of the Marching Band will have the opportunity to create, build, and lead a dynamic marching band program, recruiting talented students from the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and across the nation.



: The successful candidate will teach supporting courses within the Department of Music, which may include applied lessons (wind, brass, or percussion instruments) and small instrumental ensembles. Other courses may include Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, Music History, or Harmony and Musicianship. It is expected that the candidate be a collaborative leader with experience within a high school or college athletics band program, demonstrate excellence in show design, and possess a high level of artistry as a wind band conductor. The chosen candidate must work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues within the Department of Music, the Athletics Department, and across the College. The candidate is expected to have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. All candidates must provide evidence of ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and possess a commitment to a robust liberal arts education.


: The successful candidate will provide evidence of scholarship, and/or performance activity through appropriate professional venues, and be willing to engage in scholarly projects with faculty and students. Our faculty serve as mentors and advisors to our students and, therefore, maintain memberships in professional organizations, such as Virginia Music Educators Association or the Midwest Clinic, and represent the College at regional, state, and national band festivals and national-level conferences.


: The Director of the Marching Band will dynamically contribute to the growth of the undergraduate Department of Music and be a visible and active representative of the College to external constituencies. The Director will serve on various committees within the School of Arts and Humanities, as well as those campus-wide. The candidate will be a collaborative leader in all administrative and recruitment aspects of the Ferrum College Panthers Marching Band.


The Director of the Marching Band will be expected to promote and actively recruit for the marching band through on and off campus activities. Expectations for recruitment/travel activities and teaching will be equally divided.


The candidate must have completed a master’s degree in Music; DMA or Ph.D. desirable. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to lead, motivate, and teach undergraduate students. Extensive experience and success as a recruiter and as a marching band director is especially valued. A demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, performance, and professional growth is expected. Experience creating effective field drill, and music arranging skills, preferred.

This is a nine-month appointment with additional summer stipend.

Screening of applications begins December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Ferrum College offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, life, STD/LTD insurances, paid holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Candidates should submit the following:

Letter of application

Curriculum vitae, including evidence of teaching

Statement of teaching philosophy

Evidence of scholarship and/or research

Copies of graduate transcripts

Three recent letters of recommendation

Link to YouTube/Vimeo channel containing videos of a performance of a complete marching band halftime show which the candidate designed and taught

Complete applications may be sent to:

Office of Human Resources

Attn: Director of the Marching Band Search

Ferrum College

P.O. Box 1000

Ferrum, VA 24088

Electronic submissions (PDF or Word file attachments) may be emailed to THIS EMAIL

Please Note: A background check is required.

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