2017 OBDC Honor Band Guest Conductor
Dustin Seifert, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, is chair of the Department of Music and Director of Bands at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Mr. Seifert received the B.M.Ed., summa cum laude, from The University of Akron and the M.M.Ed. with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from the University of Illinois where he was the recipient of the Guy M. Duker Award. His mentors include: Richard L. Cass, Michael R. Golemo, Robert D. Jorgensen, Tucker R. Jolly, James F. Keene, Gary E. Smith, Mark E. Moore, and Deborah A. Confredo.
Complementing his administrative duties at ENMU, Mr. Seifert is responsible for the operation and organization of a comprehensive undergraduate instrumental program. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphonic and Marching Bands, and applied euphonium/tuba instruction, Dustin leads courses in low brass techniques, techniques of marching band, band and wind ensemble history and repertoire, and beginning and advanced conducting.
In 2004, Mr. Seifert received the "Spirit of Eastern Award" recognizing outstanding contributions, dedication and loyalty to Eastern New Mexico University over a sustained period. He was the 2005 recipient of ENMU's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dustin has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education by The University of Akron School of Music and as Music Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA).
Prior to his appointment at Eastern, Mr. Seifert served as assistant director of Bands at Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he conducted the University Band and Musical Pit Orchestra, designed drill for and rehearsed the 280-member Marching Cyclones, taught low brass methods, applied low brass and courses in music education.
Dustin is a member of the NMMEA, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary. He is an honorary member of national honorary band fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia brotherhood, and an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.
Dustin currently serves as Southwest Division chair for the National Band Association, executive secretary for the Southeast New Mexico Music Educators Association, is a member of the Collegiate Advisory Council of the NAfME, and has served as director of the Clovis Community Band for eight seasons. Mr. Seifert is past president of the NMMEA.
Mr. Seifert is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the region, state and nation. Dustin resides in Portales, New Mexico with his wife, Meredith, son, Stratton, and daughter, Sawyer.