Director of Bands
Studio: Mason Hall 304
Phone: (256) 782-5175
Links: Marching Southerners
Mr. Kenneth G. Bodiford, Assistant Professor, is the Director of Bands at Jacksonville State University. He earned his BS in Music Education at Jacksonville State University, and his MM in Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Upon completion of his MM degree, Mr. Bodiford served as the Director of Bands at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA. Under his leadership, the KHS band program grew from 75 members to approximately 250 members. After his second year as the director, the KHS Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band was declared as a Virginia Honor Band by the Governor of the state. The Wind Ensemble consistently received superior ratings at all district festivals under his leadership. Also, the marching band without fail received superior awards culminating in a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to represent the state of Virginia in the 1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl.
In 1994, Mr. Bodiford assumed the position at Jacksonville State University as Director of Bands. Since that time, the band program has consistently grown in numbers and quality. Since 1994 the Marching Southerners have swelled from 144 members to 300+. As the Southerners revitalized, so did the entire instrumental program. Each year the band program draws more very talented students. As would be expected, the Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band perform at extremely high levels. The Wind Ensemble was asked to perform at the Bands of America Southeastern Regional in Atlanta, GA.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bodiford has studied with some of the nation's finest teachers. As an undergraduate student, his mentor and band director was Dr. David L. Walters, Director Emeritus, Jacksonville State University. He has also studied with conductors such as Dr. William W. Wiedrich, University of South Florida; Dr. Robert Ponto, Oberlin Conservatory, and Dr. Frank Battisti, New England Conservatory.
During Mr. Bodiford's tenure at Jacksonville State University, he has initiated many new events and programs such as the "Drums Across America" Drum Corps competition, a summer camp program that brings approximately 10,000 high school students onto the campus each summer; the annual Wind Ensemble Concerto competition, and has vastly expanded the Southerners Honor Band program.
Most recently, Mr. Bodiford has assumed the position as Executive Director of the JSU SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corps. This group tours the nation during the summer and competes in Drum Corps International contests.