Patrick Dunnigan- Professor of Music and Director of Bands, teaches courses in conducting, wind band literature, and music education. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the University Symphonic and Concert Bands, and Director of the Marching Chiefs. Dr. Dunnigan is highly active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician. He is widely sought after as a drill designer and arranger for high school and college bands across the county.
His numerous band arrangements and transcriptions are published by Ludwig Music and TRN Music Publishers. He has written articles on music education and band for the Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, and others. Under his direction the Marching Chiefs have traveled to numerous post-season bowl games and produced twelve compact disc recordings for Mark Records.
Prior to his appointment at FSU, he was a member of the faculty at Western Michigan University. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D from the University of Texas. He is author of Marching Band Techniques, published by The Instrumentalist Publishing Company.
R. Gary Langford is Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He came to the University in 1971 as Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Trumpet. He received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas where he was a member and soloist with the famed One O’Clock (Jazz) Lab Band. He also was principal trumpet in the UNT Orchestra and performed extensively with the UNT Brass Quintet. His responsibilities at the University of Florida have included Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, teaching in the areas of Music History and Music Theory, and also served as the Assistant Director of the School of Music until his retirement in 2007. In 1996, having completed 25 years with the UF Marching Band, the “Pride of the Sunshine”, the last 10 as its director, he “retired” from that position to devote more time to administration and the jazz program. Mr. Langford is an accomplished arranger with over 400 arrangements for marching band tailored for the “Pride of the Sunshine” and the Swamp at Florida Field. His published compositions have appeared in the catalogues of Hansen Music, C. L. Barnhouse, Carl Fischer and Columbia Pictures.
He has held offices in the International Association of Jazz Educators, Florida Unit, and was selected by that organization as the 1982-1983 Outstanding Jazz Educator. He has been honored three times by the University of Florida as the Teacher of the Year from the College of Fine Arts, is a recipient of a TIP award for excellence in teaching and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious UF Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award. In 1997 he was honored as the Musician of the Year by the Foundation For The Promotion of Music and was selected as the 1998 College Music Educator of the Year for the state of Florida by the Florida Music Educators Association. He has been recognized as an “Outstanding Educator of America”, been selected for “Who’s Who in the South” and in 1999 was awarded the prestigious “Distinguished Service to Music Medal” by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band fraternity. His most recent honor was his selection as co- University of Florida Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. ”
He is an active adjudicator/clinician and has directed numerous county, district and all state bands including the Florida All-State Jazz Band, the Florida All-State Jr. HS Concert Band and the Florida All-State Community College Jazz Band. Mr. Langford has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra for over 20 years. The orchestra has been a featured performer at the Florida Music Educators Convention and at the 2002 national convention of the Music Educators National Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.
He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda and is active in the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.
2012-2013 MS- Eric Mendez
2010-2011 MS- David N. Olson-Director of Orchestras- Chain of Lake MS Orlando, FL
2009-2010 MS George Walters- Retired Band Director- Ft. White, FL
2008-2009 MS Jane Lucas- Director of Orchestras- Seminole High School, Seminole FL
2007-2008 MS Shelby Chipman- Director of Bands- Florida A&M University, Tallahassee FL