Marshall names new band director
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Marching Thunder has a new director.
Adam Dalton, a former high school and elementary school band teacher in Atlanta, has been named director of athletic bands at Marshall, according to a press release from the university.
A native of Virginia, Dalton earned a bachelor of music in music education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He went on to receive a master of arts in music education and a doctor of musical arts in instrumental conducting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Dalton said he is excited and eager to be teaching at the university level.
"It kind of just hits me," Dalton said in the release. "I think, 'You're director of athletic bands at a university right now.' That's a big deal."
Marshall University School of Music and Theatre Director Richard Kravchak said Dalton's wide range of experience, including working with the Million Dollar Band at the University of Alabama, to serving as one of the color guard captain heads with the renowned drum corps Madison Scouts, made him a great fit for the position.
"Dalton will honor the beloved traditions of the Marching Thunder while bringing a contemporary excitement and energy to our performances," Kravchak said in the release. "We can't wait for football season to start."
Dalton performed in many ensembles during his undergraduate studies at JMU, including the Marching Royal Dukes and the Wind Ensemble.
While at the University of Alabama, he performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years, earning two world championships and a gold medal in individual and ensemble. He has also marched in various independent winter guards, consistently making the finals at Winter Guard International.
His color guard teaching experience includes the world champion Phantom Regiment and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as numerous winter guards around the southeast such as CrownGUARD and the University of Alabama Alta Marea.
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