As we begin our 2022–2023 concert season, the Washtenaw Community Concert Band is excited to welcome to the podium our new Conductor and Music Director Dr. William Perrine. Dr. Perrine serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA), where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Cardinal Regiment Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education, conducting, and music history. Prior to his appointment at CUAA in 2012, he spent ten years as Band Director in Florida and Kentucky public schools, where he earned his National Board Teacher Certification. He holds a doctorate of philosophy in music education from Indiana University, a master of music degree in conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an undergraduate degree in music education from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Ensembles under Dr. Perrine’s direction have developed a national reputation for excellence and have performed at both Carnegie Hall in New York City and at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2017, he was awarded Concordia University’s Outstanding Faculty Member for Creative Activity.
Dr. Perrine has numerous publications in professional music education journals; notable is his edited volume The Future of the Wind Band and his soon-to-be-published monograph Beauty, Reason & Power: Music Education in a Pluralist Society.
Dr. Perrine is a frequent guest conductor and clinician at middle and high schools around the state of Michigan and adjudicates music festivals in both Michigan and Ohio. He holds numerous professional memberships, among them the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.
Dr. Perrine was drawn to conducting WCCB as an opportunity “to give back to the broader community and help foster life-long music making.” WCCB is excited to work with Dr. Perrine for his passion and enthusiasm for music performance, his knowledge of wind band repertoire, and the skill and humor he brings to our rehearsals. We look forward to this new chapter in our band’s long history of making music together. Welcome Dr. Perrine!