August 4, 2015


Kevin Sedatole – Director of Bands

Kevin Sedatole serves as director of bands, professor of music, and chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Sedatole is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, for which he serves as Southwestern Division vice president, the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 12 Band Directors’ Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

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John T. Madden – Director

John T. Madden has been Director of the Spartan Marching Band since the fall of 1989. He supervises all aspects of the rehearsal and performance of the band. Additionally, he is active as the primary drill designer and music arranger.

In the MSU College of Music, Professor Madden serves as an Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands. He is the conductor of the MSU Symphony Band and teaches conducting at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Additionally, he has taught courses in marching band techniques.

Madden is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree. He received his Master of Music Education and Wind Conducting degrees from Wichita State University, where he also served as Graduate Teaching Assistant to the University Bands. Prior to coming to MSU, Madden held the post of Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Band in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Madden is active throughout the nation as an adjudicator, guest conductor and conducting clinician, and has conducted MSU ensembles at state, regional, and national conventions, conferences and symposiums. In December of 2004, he presented a clinic session at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, entitled “From Carnegie Hall to the 50-yard line: Approaching Concert and Marching Ensembles with the same vision.” He has presented similar clinics at both the National College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Athletic Bands Symposium as well as at the Michigan Music Conference (MMC). In 2000, the MSU Symphony Band was selected to perform at the North Central Divisional Conference of the CBDNA in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In 2011, the MSU Symphony Band was chosen to perform at the MMC at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.

Madden is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and has served that organization as the state of Michigan chair and chair of the Athletic Bands Committee. He is a member of the Big Ten Band Directors Association, and is a past national vice-president for professional relations, and past north central district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity. He also holds honorary membership in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Golden Key Honor Society. He was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in March of 2008.

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Cormac Cannon – Associate Director

Cormac Cannon is assistant director of bands and associate director of the Spartan Marching Band at the Michigan State University College of Music. He conducts the Concert Band and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, assists with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass athletic bands, and teaches courses in conducting and marching band methods.

Currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, he received the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance and music education from the University of Iowa. From 2001-05 Cannon served as director of bands at Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Iowa, and from 2006-07 was music director and conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.

An active composer, Cannon has received commissions from school and university ensembles throughout the United States, and has been honored by organizations including the National Band Association (2003 Young Composer Mentor Project) and the Dallas Wind Symphony (2007 Call for Fanfares). As an arranger for marching and concert ensembles, he has collaborated with groups throughout the country, including the nine-time Grammy-winning Kings of Texas Swing Asleep at the Wheel, and the electro-punk ensemble Ghostland Observatory. He is featured in Composers on Composing for Band Volume IV, published by GIA Music.

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