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Assistant Professor of Music

Academic Areas:
Bands, Conducting, Low Brass, Instrumental Pedagogy

D.M.A. in Conducting, University of Oklahoma
M.M. in Euphonium Performance, University of Arkansas
B.M. in Music Education, George Mason University

Phone: (940) 898-2500


Dr. Russell Pettitt is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Dr. Pettitt conducts the TWU Wind Symphony, teaches conducting courses, applied low brass, and directs Pioneer pep bands. Pettitt's previous positions include serving on the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, Director of Bands at Lakeland College (Wisconsin), and as an elementary, middle, and high school band director with school districts in Virginia and Texas.

A native Texan, Dr. Pettitt holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from George Mason University, Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Conducting teachers include Anthony J. Maiello, W. Dale Warren, Jeffrey D. Gershman, and William K. Wakefield; and his principal euphonium teacher is Roger Behrend.

Dr. Pettitt's performance background includes success as a euphonium soloist and wind conductor. He was named as finalist for euphonium positions with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" of Washington, DC, and the United States Coast Guard Band of New London, CT, and has been selected to perform in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition three times. Bands under his direction consistently received superior ratings at UIL events in Texas and the Whitewright High School Symphonic Band was selected as a 2007 Outstanding Performance Series Texas State Finalist.

In four years at Lakeland College, participation in bands grew 300% and enrollment in the annual summer Music Camp increased from 300 to 360 students. Dr. Pettitt has experienced significant growth in programs under his direction at all levels, and serves as a consultant in the areas of instrumental pedagogy and instrumental program development.

Dr. Pettitt's professional affiliations include: College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Pettitt is also a proponent of new music for winds and percussion, evidenced by regular participation in national commissioning projects and his research on the music of composer Carter Pann.

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