May 22, 2017


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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David Thornton – Associate Director

David Thornton is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. At Michigan State University, he serves an active role teaching and assisting with all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, Thornton taught in the state of Florida where he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Eau Gallie High School (Melbourne) and most recently the Director of Bands at Leon High School (Tallahassee).

A native of Springfield, Virginia, Thornton received his Masters of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University. He has professional affiliations with the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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Dustin Barr – Assistant Director

Dustin Barr joined the conducting faculty in 2015 as Assistant Director of Bands. In this capacity, He serves as a Co-Director of the Spartan Brass and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and as a frequent conductor of Musique 21–MSU’s new music ensemble. His prior experience includes appointments as Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College, Interim Director of the Symphonic Winds at California State University, Fullerton, and Assistant Director of Bands at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California. Barr is a recipient of numerous accolades for his conducting and scholarly work. He was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan and was recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent young conductors as part of the 2010 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. His conducting career has taken him across the country and he continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

Barr holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Music degree and two Bachelor of Music degrees (trumpet performance and music education) from California State University, Fullerton. Barr holds professional memberships in the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Lamda Music Honor Society, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.

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