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held each year in April, Coe's Festival of Bands brings a
conductor to campus to assist in the celebration of the many
Matt Conaway (b. 1979) is an Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He serves as Associate Director of the famed “All-American” Marching Band, directs the University Concert Band and Varsity Band, assists with the basketball pep bands as a director and staff arranger, and is the department's technical coordinator. Prior to this appointment, he served for ten years as the Director of Bands for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation, during which time the program received many state and national accolades for musical excellence.
His compositions for band range from very beginning through very advanced, based on his experience working with all levels of performers in grades 5-12. Matt is also an accomplished arranger, and has written for athletic bands at Indiana University, Purdue University, and many high schools throughout the Midwest. His arrangements have been heard on the national stage at multiple bowl games and college basketball tournaments since 1999.
After graduating from Woodhaven (MI) High School in 1997, he attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where he studied arranging with David Woodley. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction in 2001, and earned a Masters of Music degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010. Matt has been granted honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and was recently inducted into the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He is also a member of NAfME, NBA, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, and ASCAP. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at concert band festivals and competitions throughout the Midwest.
The Coe College Festival of Bands, under the administration of Dr. Carson, was established in 1994 and has featured a number of respected composers and conductors:
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below for the
2007 Festival of Bands Press Release
Click here to see a copy of the 2012 poster - print as many as you like and help publicize these great concerts!