Dr. John Cody Birdwell

Dr. John Cody Birdwell is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky, where his duties include conducting the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, directing graduate programs in wind-band conducting, teaching graduate courses in instrumental conducting, history and literature, and supervising the administration of the University of Kentucky band program in the School of Music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Birdwell served as Director of 

Bands at Texas Tech University (1998-2004), Director of Bands at Utah State University (1994-1998), Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois (1989 – 1994), and Director of Bands at Northern Michigan University (1987-1989).

Dr. Birdwell's ensembles have toured extensively throughout the United States, China, and Great Britain, and the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony was recently selected to perform at the 2013 National Convention of the College Band Directors National Association. Under Birdwell’s direction, the UK Wind Symphony has performed at various regional and national conventions, including the 2010 CBDNA Southern Division Conference at the University of Mississippi, the 2006 CBDNA Southern Division Conference at Vanderbilt University, and the 2006 Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention in Louisville. In 2008 the UK Wind Symphony toured the People’s Republic of China, and performed to capacity audiences in the cities of Suzhou, Yangzhou, Changzhou, and Beijing.  Ensembles under Dr. Birdwell's direction have also performed for the National Convention, Southwest Division Convention, and Western Division CBDNA conferences, and have also performed for the Texas Music Educators Convention, the Texas Bandmaster's Association Convention, and the Utah Music Educators Association. Birdwell has commissioned and premiered works by a variety of celebrated composers including Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mower, and Adam Gorb.  Several compact discs, including the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble “Distilled in Kentucky – Premieres from the Bluegrass State”, and “GO! – The Music of Bob Mintzer”, along with the Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble “LIVE!" and “Diversions” have received acclaim from composers and conductors throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Birdwell is a native of New Mexico, and holds degrees from The University of North Texas (DMA), and West Texas A&M University (MA, BME). While at North Texas, Birdwell was inducted into "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities", and was a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Class Honor Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in the College of Music. Dr. Birdwell serves as Vice President of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division, and served as Chair of the National Band Association Selective Music List Committee.  Dr. Birdwell holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha. He remains active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad.

859-257-2263 | 33 Fine Arts Building |

George R. Boulden

George R. Boulden holds the rank of Associate Professor of Music and is the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as the conductor of the Symphony Band. Additionally, he teaches conducting and music technology in the UK School of Music. Previously, he taught in the public schools of South Carolina and Florida, and was the recipient of the ASBDA–Stanbury Award as the outstanding young band director in Florida and the Southeastern region of the United States. In 2011 George was selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year.

The Symphony Band was a featured ensemble at the 2003 and 2008 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville. Additionally, the Symphony Band was invited to perform at the 2005 Florida Music Educators Association/MENC Southern Division Conference in Tampa, Florida. Under his direction from 1995-2008, the Wildcat Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band served as musical ambassadors for the University of Kentucky through performances at the Outback Bowl, three Music City Bowl games, a Bands of America Regional Championship, and three NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship games. George has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented lectures and clinics at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference National Convention, National Band Association National Conventions, College Band Directors National Association National Conventions, numerous Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposia, and several MENC State Association Conferences.

Mr. Boulden has been a contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series, Bluegrass Music News, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music, and is the recipient of several grants to study and enhance the teaching of conducting. George has appeared as a performer with The Lexington Brass Band and on their CD, Good Company, The Lexington Brass Band, LIVE 1992-1996. Under his direction, the UK Basketball Pep Band released a CD entitled The Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Experience, and a second recording, The Best of the UK Pep Band. In July of 2010 George was selected to serve as editor of the Bluegrass Music News, the official journal of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

His professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and the College Band Directors National Association. In 2007 Mr. Boulden was granted honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma, the national band service sorority.

Mr. Boulden holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. While on a sabbatical during 2005-06, George served as a doctoral teaching assistant with the University Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and completed coursework for the doctorate in music education (ABD).

George resides in Richmond with his wife, Shelly, and daughters, Jenna and Julianna. Their son, Bob, is a member of the United States Marine Corps.

859-257-2263 | 8 Fine Arts Building |

Scott-Lee Atchison

At UK Since: 2012

Scott-Lee Atchison is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at the University of Kentucky Mr. Atchison served as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University - Commerce where he directed the athletic bands, conducted the symphonic band and concert band, and taught classes in music technology, music literature, and marching band techniques. During his time at Texas A&M University – Commerce, Mr. Atchison oversaw a significant growth of the marching band, more than doubling it in size and earning an invitation to perform at Texas UIL State Championships. In 2012, Mr. Atchison was privileged to guest conduct the Texas A&M University - Commerce Wind Ensemble in performances at the CBDNA Regional Convention and Carnegie Hall.

At Tennessee, Mr. Atchison was a conducting student of Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. David Stutzenberger, and James Fellenbaum, and had additional conducting study with John Whitwell, Eugene Corporon, Ray Cramer, and Frank Battisti.  At North Texas he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria.


In 2007, Mr. Atchison joined the instructional staff for The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as Brass Caption Head and in 2009 The Troopers were welcomed back into the DCI Finals after a 23-year absence. Mr. Atchison served as the Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois  from 2010 to 2012 and is an active designer and clinician with marching bands and drum corps throughout the country. Mr. Atchison is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a contributing author for the book series A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Volume IV) where he collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici on a chapter featuring his contribution to the wind band and American music.

859-257-2263 | 33 Fine Arts Building |

James B. Campbell

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. 
Well known for his long past association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Jim has served as their principal instructor, arranger, and Program Coordinator and was named to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He was Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and has performed at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, Music for All World Percussion Symposium, state MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Among his works for concert and marching percussion, Jim has published with Hal Leonard Publishing, C.L. Barnhouse Co., C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Meredith Music and Alfred Publications with whom he serves as Percussion Team Author for the Expressions Music Curriculum. Jim is an endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion and is a member of the Latin Percussion Educational Advisory Board. He is a clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division.

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Miles Osland

At UK since: 1989

Miles Osland has distinguished himself as an educator, recording and performing artist, author, arranger and composer. Currently the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone at the University of Kentucky, he has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and clinician for Selmer Saxophones and Bay Woodwind mouthpieces. His compositions and arrangements, available through Walrus Music, have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, and by numerous other arts foundations.

Sea Breeze Jazz Records, one of the most respected labels in jazz, has submitted nine of his recordings, including Saxercise and My Old Kentucky Home, for Grammy nominations.  His recording for Open Loop Jazz Records, An Old Speckled Hen at Snapes Malting, was inspired by his experiences while performing in England. The debut recording by the Osland Saxophone Quartet has been hailed by the Saxophone Journal as “a great example of the century of music to come”, and was featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated classical radio show Performance Today. Their latest recording is a 2-CD set titled Commission Impossible. A masterful compilation, it spans ten years of music making by OSQ and documents the repertoire written for and commissioned by the Quartet.

Three books authored by Mr. Osland are available through Dorn Publications and his scholarly work (which includes over 75 published articles and reviews on saxophone technique and jazz improvisation) can be found in a variety of publications including Downbeat, Jazz Educators Journal, Jazz Player Magazine,Saxophone Journal, Selmer Woodwind Notes and Windplayer Magazine. He has three books/CD’s published by Warner Brothers titled: Solo Transcriptions and Performing Artist Master Class CD; The Music of Bob Mintzer, The Music of Nestor Torres and The Music of Eddie Daniels.

Professor Osland holds a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music and his major teachers have included: Ramon Ricker & Gary Foster (saxophone), Charles Bay (clarinet) and Jim Walker (flute).

859-257-8173 | 16 Fine Arts Building |

Raleigh Daily

Raleigh Dailey is an internationally recognized jazz pianist, composer, scholar, and educator. Currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky, he studied at Kent State University (B.M., 1991), the University of North Texas (M.M., 1996), and the University of Kentucky (Ph.D., 2007).

Raleigh has performed widely throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. In 2002 he was selected to perform at the 3rd Annual International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France. He performs regularly with Miles Osland, with whom he completed a performing tour in Ecuador, South America. He is the pianist and staff arranger for the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, recording with that ensemble for Sea Breeze Records (Off the Charts [2001] and Quotient [2008]). His most recent international performances were with Vince DiMartino in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.

Raleigh’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by numerous college and university jazz ensembles, as well as by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the United States Air Force, and the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He was the recipient of the 2000 Al Smith Fellowship for Musical Composition sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council. He has published articles in IAJE Research Papers, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Saxophone Journal, Jazz Improv Magazine, Notes, and Teaching Music Through Performance In Jazz.

As Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky, Raleigh currently teaches courses in jazz piano and jazz improvisation, as well as directing the jazz combo program and the University of Kentucky Lab Band. The UK Lab Band under his direction has performed regionally as well as at jazz festivals in Elmhurst, IL., and Louisville, KY. His current projects include composing new music for the UK Jazztet and research on the history of free jazz in America.

859-257-6413 | 219 Fine Arts Building |