Josh Byrd is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Byrd received the the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Georgia, respectively. Dr. Byrd studied saxophone with Kenneth Fischer while working on his bachelor’s degree and his conducting teachers include John Lynch, Tom Dvorak, Dwight Satterwhite and John Culvahouse. After graduating from UGA in 2000, Dr. Byrd taught for three years in the Atlanta area at Norcross High School and Lanier Middle School. Following his masters studies he served as the Director of Bands at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin from 2005-2008. Dr. Byrd remains active in the southeast as a clinician, adjudicator and arranger. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi. In addition to band activities, Dr. Byrd teaches orchestration & arranging, technology & improvisation, percussion techniques, and instrumental music education courses.
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Cale conducting hand smallCale Self is Assistant Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands, and Instructor of Euphonium & Tuba at the University of West Georgia in beautiful Carrollton, GA. Also serving as the Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Self directs The Sound That Lights the South Marching Band and the Wolfgang Basketball Pep Band. He also conducts the UWG Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, and Tuba Ensemble.

Holding degrees in music education and instrumental conducting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. Dr. Self also holds a doctorate in euphonium performance from the University of Georgia in Athens. His teachers include David Zerkel, John Lynch, Allen Crowell, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Gary Garner, Joe Nelson, and Joseph Cox. He has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Christian Badea, Marty Erickson, Adam Frey, Sarah McKoin, Tim Northcut, Demondrae Thurman, and Charles Villarubia.

Between graduate degrees, Dr. Self spent three years teaching high school band in his hometown of Midland, TX. During that time, bands under his direction performed at the BOA National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis and at the National Band & Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In his first year at MHS, the Bulldog Marching Band advanced to the Texas State Marching Band competition for the first time in its history.

In the summertime, Dr. Self is the Dean of Students at the Brevard Music Center in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. In that capacity, he administers the non-musical side of life at BMC, supervising a staff of 4 assistant deans and 35 resident advisors as well as over 400 student musicians who study at the music center each summer. Dr. Self is also an active musician at BMC as a frequent performer in the wind band, chamber music, and orchestral programs.

Dr. Self has performed at state, regional, national, and international conferences and festivals in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. He has performed under conductors Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, Thomas Wilkins, Steven Smith, Kraig Williams, Don Wilcox, James Keane, Harry Begian, Michael Haithcock, Manu Mallaerts, and Fred Mills.

An advocate for new music, Dr. Self has participated in commissioning consortiums that have resulted in fifteen new works for euphonium, tuba, or concert band over the past six years, and has performed or conducted premiere performances of eleven of those pieces. He has performed at state, regional, national, and international conferences and festivals in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Dr. Self remains active in the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast as a soloist, ensemble musician, conductor, and clinician.

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Dr. Daniel Bakos received degrees in piano performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Ohio State University. He taught at Black Hills State, The Ohio State University and is currently Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches music theory and is director of jazz studies. Dr. Bakos has over 100 compositions to his credit. His jazz sextet, the RazzaMaJazz Quintet, recorded and released a CD in 1995. The national Weather Channel “Local On The 8’s” segment featured several of his compositions on that recording including Don’t Forget Me!. At the University of West Georgia he started the Jazz Ensemble and The Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival that is in the 23rd consecutive year. Some of the jazz musicians who have performed with the UWG Jazz Ensemble at the festival include Chris Vadala, Bobby Shew, Steve Weist, Lew Soloff, Rob McConnell, Vincent DiMartino, and others. Dr. Bakos has two sons and currently lives in Carrollton, Georgia.

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