Dr. Larry Blocher
of School of Music
M. Long School of Music
Troy, AL 36082
Blocher is Professor of Music and Director of the School of
Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. In addition to his administrative
responsibilities, Dr. Blocher serves as an associate conductor with
the university bands, and teaches undergraduate and graduate music education
courses. Dr. Blocher received his BME and MM (music education and performance)
degrees from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in
Music Education from The Florida State University. His teaching/administrative
background includes serving as Associate Director of the School of Music,
Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Music Education at Wichita
State University (KS), Assistant Director of Bands and Coordinator of
Music Education at Morehead State University (KY), Chair of Music Education
at Syracuse University (NY), and Assistant Director of Bands at the
University of Dayton (OH), and public school teaching as a band director
in Kentucky and Florida.
Dr. Blocher is a past President
of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, a member of the National Band
Association School Reform and Research committees, and a past member
of the Editorial Committee for the Music Educator’s Journal (MEJ).
In 2005 he received both the Outstanding Bandmaster and the Outstanding
Contributor to Bands awards from the Kansas Bandmaster Association.
He is a past recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award
(2004 - Wichita State) and the University Leadership in the Advancement
of Teaching Award (2002 – Wichita State).
Dr. Blocher has served as
a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator in 28 states and 9 countries.
He has served as music arranger for numerous high school and university
marching bands as well as for the Peach Bowl and Outback Bowl. His original
music for concert band is published by Wingert-Jones. He is a co-principal
author of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series (GIA).