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Dr. Adolph E. Wright

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Dr. Adolph E. Wright is Director of University Bands at Bowie State University. As an alumnus of BSU he is proud to direct the fantastic “Symphony Of Soul” Marching/Pep Band, University Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band in addition to teaching music and applied performance classes. His students benefit greatly from his expertise in the composition and arrangement of band and orchestra music. Dr. Wright’s dissertation, “Analyzing the Relationship between Personality Types and Leadership Styles of College and High School Band Directors” was recognized during the “Doctoral Research of the Year Awards Ceremony” and received the Dean’s Award for research. He was formerly the Associate Director of Bands at Howard University where he earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Education Degrees.

Dr. Wright was confirmed as the President of the Intercollegiate Music Association during the 53rd Annual Conference held at Virginia State University February 7-9, 2013. The Intercollegiate Music Association has enhanced the overall ethos of music performance and education for students at some of the most prestigious historically black colleges and universities on the east coast for more than fifty years. Dr. Wright is an executive board member and has also served as the Jazz Facilitator for the IMA as well as conductor/clinician for the IMA Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band, paying tribute to jazz giants, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis, as well as performing compositions by Quincy Hilliard, David Holsinger, and Clifton Williams. The Intercollegiate Music Association annually features the most talented student musicians from Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as guest conductors from around the United States. Bowie State University students have performed with the IMA Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band every year during Dr. Wright’s tenure.

Dr. Wright has contributed greatly to the youth educational program of the District of Columbia Public School SysAdoloph2tem, were he taught elementary, junior high and high school music students for over fifteen years. Dr. Wright dedicates eight weeks of each summer to introducing young artist to the fundamentals of music (concert, jazz, and musical theatre) and basic marching band techniques. He also coordinates an annual Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion Clinic held in the spring of each year, which is open to students on the junior high, senior high, collegiate and professional levels. Dr. Wright has served annually as an adjudicator for both concert and jazz band festivals since 1988. His professional affiliations include: Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium (HBCU-NBDC); Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honor Society of Musicians; Phi Mu Alpha, Professional Music Fraternity; Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity; Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority; Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc.; The Percussive Arts Society; Music Educators National Conference; The National Association of Jazz Educators; and the District of Columbia Federation of Musicians (Local 161-710).

Adoloph3As an outstanding musician Dr. Wright has performed on tours in Austria, Barbados, Columbia, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala,Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands and major U.S. cities. His talent as a percussionist is his greatest musical asset as he is well versed in a multitude of percussion instruments and skilled in idioms of music ranging from Orchestral, Contemporary and Ethnic to Cultural, Jazz and Rock. Among his numerous professional engagements and recording projects, Dr. Wright has performed with countless national and international entertainers including: Kathleen Battle, Chuck Berry, David Benoit, Tom Brown, Cecil Bridgewater, Gene Chandler, Ray Charles, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Tim Eyerman, Jon Faddis, Shawn Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Guy, Lionel Hampton, Milt Hinton, Freddie Jackson, Jennifer Holiday, Al Jarreau, Maurice Hines, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marilyn McCoo, Melissa Manchester, Melba Moore, Sam Moore, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Chesapeake Symphony Orchestra,Pine Top Perkins, Lou Rawls, Wallace Roney, Ester Satterfield, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Percy Sledge, Sister Sledge, Kirk Stewart, Angie Stone, Donna Summers, Kevin Toney, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Willis and many others. His performance credits also include the Broadway musicals “The “Wiz”, “God Spell”, “When Hell Freezes I’ll Skate”, “Behive”, “Raisin”, “Harlem Suite” and “Black Nativity”.

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