9 May 2006
JSU Band Director Bodiford Conducts Alabama All-State Band
Jacksonville State University Spirit and bands
director, Kenneth G. Bodiford, was chosen to organize one of the 2006 Alabama All-State Concert Bands.
Alabama All-State Bands are composed of the most talented high school band
students from programs across the state of Alabama. The students who are
chosen have to go through a rigorous audition process. Students with the
highest scores earn positions in these very prestigious bands.
A native of Alabama, Bodiford earned his high school diploma, with honors, from
St. Clair County High School in Odenville, Alabama. After graduating from high
school, he attended Jacksonville State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education with
special honors in music. He then chose to continue his education after being
awarded a full graduate assistantship to East Carolina University in
Greenville, N.C. While at East Carolina University he earned his Master of Music
degree in music education and wind ensemble conducting.
"I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the most
talented band students from the state of Alabama," Bodiford said.
According to Bodiford, there are several former drum corps members who are
major forces in the world of music education today. Some of the most
exceptional band literature composers as well as many of today's leading
performing artists have a drum corps background.
The modern drum corps movement began with a rich history. The first drum and
bugle corps signaled units within the military through the American Civil War
and sustained to live during World War I.
In the end, the instruments were sold or donated to a variety of American
legions who played mainly the same signals used in battle, but over time, as
the instruments developed and competitions were shaped, regular music was added
to their repertoire.
Today's modern drum corps are becoming more established and esteemed as
advocates in the music education movement. "It's not just about playing loud
anymore," said Bodiford.
According to Bodiford, drum corps are having a very positive impact on the
up-and-coming young band directors of today. The young people who choose to
participate in drum corps are getting outstanding instruction as well as
extreme amounts of discipline through the activity. Both outstanding
instruction and discipline are two of the main components needed to mold
successful music educators. Many of the attributes that are taught in a summer
of drum corps translate directly to the concert stage: breath support,
listening for good intonation, articulations, dynamic contrast and phrasing, to
only mention a few.
"As a college band director, it is very obvious to me when a student returns
from a summer with a positive drum corps experience," said Bodiford. "The
student usually has much more discipline when it comes to practicing. Their
rehearsal etiquette is much improved and their attention to detail is very much
"I will never forget my drum corps experience with Suncoast Sound," said
Bodiford. "I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to be under the
instruction of both Frank Williams and Robert Smith, two huge names in the
world of music education. They had a profound impact on my life as a musician.
My drum corps experience definitely gave me the discipline that I needed as a
young musician in order prepare me for a career in music education. I wouldn't
trade my 1986 experience with Suncoast Sound for anything in the world."
For more information, you may contact Kenneth G. Bodiford at (256) 782-5175 or
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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