Mr. Paul I. Adams is one of the leading arrangers in the country. He has written music for some of the nation’s top marching band programs including: University of Minnesota, Jackson State University, and University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Adams was previously Assistant Band Director of Bands at Jackson State University, Director of Bands at Howard University, and currently the Associate Director of Bands, Chief Arranger, and Low Brass instructor at Norfolk State University
The Director of Bands at Cheyney University, Professor Allen Gardner, developed a rich and rigorous environment for music majors and non-music majors to grow aesthetically through preparation, musical instruction, and performance. Students are given the opportunity to achieve the program’s goal to “educate,” “elevate,” and “entertain” themselves and various audiences through the variety of venues available to University band participants. We call these three goals “The Three E’s”.
The multifaceted Cheyney University Band Program’s primary function is to serve Cheyney University and the surrounding community through its various subcomponents, i.e., ensembles. These ensembles that will make up the Cheyney University Band Program, are the marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, woodwind ensemble, and the brass ensemble.
Burke has been the director of choral and vocal studies since she came to WSSU in 1989. She had been teaching at Voorhees College near Denmark, S.C.
She directs the WSSU choir, which has 55 members, as well as the University Women, a group of 23, and the Burke Singers, an acappella group of eight women that she formed in 1995.
“As an educator, I’ve always known you can’t even begin to think about crushing someone’s spirit or goals,”.
Marymal Holmes, a music professor and director of the school’s choir, said the pianos would allow Bowie State to join such all-Steinway schools as Yale University and the University of Maryland, College Park, and would make it only the country’s second historically black, all-Steinway school, along with Spelman College in Atlanta.
Jeffrey Silberschlag serves as artistic director and head of music performance at St Mary’s College of Maryland, and is the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor in the Arts. Additionally, he is the music director of the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra, President of the St Mary’s County Arts Council and on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Youth Symphony where he serves as Conductor. Mr. Silberschlag is also conductor in residence with the BOP, Bowie State University Orchestra Project.
Jeffrey Silberschlag has appeared as trumpet soloist throughout Europe, the United States and Israel. He has performed with many of the world’s leading musicians, and composers Morton Gould, William Thomas McKinley, Paul Chihara, Robert Hall Lewis, Lorenzo Ferrero and James Cohn have all written pieces for him. Silberschlag has held the position of principal trumpet with the Italian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Turin, the New York City Opera – National Company, and the Jerusalem Symphony. As a trumpet soloist he can be heard on Delos, MMC and Crystal. He has also appeared as a conductor with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, and has directed premières of works by such composers as Morton Gould, Lorenzo Ferrero, Ludovico Einaudi, Paul Chihara, Chou Wen-Chung, David Froom, Kenji Bunch, Judith Shatin, Scott Wheeler, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, Lou Karchin, Vivian Aldenberg Rudow, and William Thomas McKinley.
Mr. Billy Bennett, Assistant Director of University Bands at Bowie State University joined the staff at Bowie State March of 2008. He started his career as a Band Director in Scotland Neck, NC where he literally put together the chairs and painted the walls to rekindle the instrumental music program at Brawley Middle School. Mr. Bennett also assisted Mr. Derrick Wiggs Director of bands at Southeast Halifax High School where the band won numerous competitions year end and year out. From there he relocated to Leggett, NC where he held a simultaneous position as Director of Bands at North Edgecombe High School and Phillips Middle School.
While at North and Phillips Mr. Bennett with the help of the North Edgecombe community fought and raised money to replaced the 18 year old marching band uniforms which were in great need of replacement. Mr. Bennett received his degree in music education from Norfolk State University where he participated in all bands including the University Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir. He was initiated in spring of 1997 to the Iota Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc. Mr. Bennett is also a member of many prestigious music associations such as the Music Educators National Conference, International Trombone Association, National Educator Association, the Intercollegiate Musician Association and HBCU-CBDNA. In addition Mr. Bennett has performed with many prominent musicians and music groups such as Ms. Lynn Roberts, The Tar River Swing Band, The Clarence Knight Jazz Orchestra and Gospel Recording Artist The Gideon Band.
Professor Juliet M. Boykins is a native of Portsmouth, VA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Norfolk State University, where she was a member of the Spartan Legion Marching Band in 1990-1995. She later received masters in Administration and Supervision from Regent University in 2003 and her 2nd masters in Music Education in 2014.
Professor Boykins began her teaching career at Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC, 1995-1998. She later resigned and accepted a position at Rosemont Middle School, Norfolk, 1999-2004. After teaching there for 5 years she was awarded the opportunity to teach at I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, 2004-2008 where she was the first female band director in the schools 103 years of existence. In 2008, she decided to teach elementary school at An Achievable Dream Elementary School, Newport News until 2010. In which she returned to I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, 2010-2016. Currently, Professor Boykins serves as the Director of University Bands at Elizabeth City State University.
As the Director of University Bands, Mrs. Boykins leads the Marching “Sound of Class”, Viking Pep Band, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She also teaches Applied Clarinet, Applied Saxophone, Applied Flute, and other courses within the department.