Dr. Jackie Townsend is the conductor of the University of Southern Maine Concert Band and assistant professor of Music at the USM School of Music. She joined the faculty at the University of Southern Maine in 2018 as the director of wind studies, conducting the Concert Band and Lab Band, as well as teaching courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting and supervising student teachers. She also directs the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, a select wind ensemble for talented young wind and percussion players in the Greater Portland area, as well as the Casco Bay Wind Symphony, a non-profit adult community wind symphony also based in Greater Portland.
She graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas) in 2018, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams. As a conducting teaching fellow at UNT, Jackie was responsible for directing the UNT Concert and University Bands, as well as guest directing the UNT Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She also taught undergraduate conducting courses and maintained the UNT Wind Studies music library. From 2015-2018, Dr. Townsend served as the assistant conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Prior to her studies in Texas, Jackie spent four years as director of bands at Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, where she directed the high school concert band, marching band, and jazz band, as well as the 8th grade concert band. Under her direction, the Keystone Bands earned top ratings at Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events and were also invited to perform in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Toronto, Canada. Dr. Townsend holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). After teaching elementary band for one year in Oneonta, New York, Jackie served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band Activities Department at BGSU, working closely with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band, and Falcon Marching Band.
She has studied clarinet with Kevin Schempf and conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams, Ken Thompson, Bruce Moss, Carol Hayward, Emily Freeman Brown, and John Knight. She has written two articles for the most recent installment of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (Volume 11), published by GIA. Her dissertation research on recent symphonies written for the wind band was presented in March 2018 at the southwest division conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Houston, Texas. Dr. Townsend is active in the College Band Directors National Association (in which she currently serves as the Maine State Chair), the College Music Society, the National Band Association, and the Maine Music Education Association, and has presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference and Maine Music Education Association Conference. She currently resides in Portland with her two crazy cats (Calypso and Abby) and when not on the podium or in the classroom, she enjoys cooking and hiking.
Dr. Peter Martin-Conductor Emeritus of Casco Bay Wind Symphony
Peter Martin is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Southern Maine and Conductor Emeritus of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble. As a proponent of community bands, he is the Founder and Past Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, and appeared as a guest-conductor on their 40th Anniversary Concert. In Maine, Dr. Martin has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Casco Bay Wind Symphony, an adult community band for over 20 years. As a university conductor, he has been a member of the New England College Band Association where held the offices of President, Vice-President, and Past-President. A native of Bensenville, Illinois, he holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University, the Master of Music Degree from Wichita State University, and the Ph.D. Degree from Northwestern University.
Dr. Martin’s conducting schedule has included performances in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. In London he appeared at the Barbican Centre and St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Venice at St. Marks Square; in Innsbruch at the Olympic site; at the Piazza Riforma in Lugano, Switzerland; and roadside at the Tour de France. In the U.S. he has conducted in over 30 states, from coast to coast, and from North to South. He is a resident of Hollis Center, Maine and Jupiter, Florida.
Peter Martin is a published author in the United States and in England, has edited and arranged compositions for wind band, and appears in Who's Who in America and the International Who's Who in Music. He has been cited for excellence as a distinguished educator and was selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and is the recipient of a University of Southern Maine Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award. His teaching evaluations at USM rank among the highest in the University. Dr. Martin is an awarded member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.