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Dr. N. Alan Clark - PhD

N. Alan Clark

Director of Bands
Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts

Phone: 225.270.7722
Website: http://www.mga.edu/band-of-knights

  • Macon - Music Building - 156
Office Hours: Cochran: Monday and Wednesday 1000 - 1200, Russell Hall room 313-9
Macon: Tuesday and Thursday 1000 - 1200, Music Building room 154
Biography: See below
Courses: University Band (Outdoor Performance Ensemble & Studio Ensemble)
Jazz Ensemble
Studio Saxophone
Music Appreciation
Perspectives on Music in Society

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, University of Florida
Master of Fine Arts - Saxophone, University of Florida
Master of Science in International Relations, Troy University
PhD in Music Education, Louisiana State University
Professional Experience: Dr. N. Alan Clark has taught and conducted at all levels from middle school through high school to professional military bands. While teaching High School in Lakeland, Florida he also served as an instructor with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1987 he entered the U. S. Air Force serving as saxophone section leader and Assistant Drum Major of the Air Force Band of the West. In 1990 he was commissioned and appointed Deputy Commander of the Band of the United States Air Forces in Europe. While in Germany he conducted concerts, ceremonies, and marching performances in seventeen countries across Eastern and Western Europe. In 1993 Major Clark became Deputy Commander of the Air Force Band of Flight and the rehearsal conductor of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Dayton, Ohio.

In 1996 he assumed command of The Band of the USAF Reserve in Warner Robins, Georgia. While at Robins Major Clark worked with such notable artists as Celine Dion, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Wynonna Judd, Crystal Gayle, Ernie Watts, Clint Black, and others. He was appointment AFROTC Commandant of Cadets at Louisiana State University in April 2004, where he retired from the USAF in 2007. He holds both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Fine Arts in Saxophone Performance degrees from the University of Florida, the Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in composition from LSU.

Dr. Clark’s creative and research interests center around band pedagogy and composition and include numerous band compositions and arrangements as well as published articles in national band and music education journals. He is co-author of both Band Director Secrets of Success (1998) and Band Director Fundamentals for Success (2014).
Organizations: Band
Composition & Arranging
Drum Corps (marching)
Awards and Honors: • Nominated for the MGSC Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award
Middle Georgia State College
• ASBDA Stanbury Award – For Outstanding
Young Band Director in Florida State of Florida
• Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, (Earned 5 times)
United States Air Force
• Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society
Louisiana State University
• Kappa Kappa Psi, Elected Chapter Honorary Member
Louisiana State University
• Phi Mu Alpha, Chapter President
Louisiana State University
• Air Force Achievement Medal
United States Air Force
• Air Force Good Conduct Medal (enlisted award)
United States Air Force
• Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, (5 times)
United States Air Force
• Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, (Earned 3 times)
United States Air Force
• AFROTC Outstanding Small Unit Award
United States Air Force
• Air Force Small Arms Marksman Ribbon
United States Air Force
Publications: Clark, N. A., Castro, M. (2016). Industria. Navarre, Florida: RWS Music Company.

Clark, N. A., Heflin, T., Kluball, J., Kramer, E. (2016). Understanding Music Past and Present. Dahlonega, Georgia: UNG Press.

Clark, N. A. (2014). What My Mentors Taught Me, NBA Journal, 54/2, 23

Miller, W. C. & Clark, N. A. (2014). Band Director Foundations for Success. La Crosse, Wisconsin: River Wind Publishing – Hard copy (paperback) available through Amazon Books. E-Copy also available through Amazon Books

Clark, N. A. (2013). Developing Skill in Sight Reading, NBA Journal, 53/3

Clark, N. A. (2012). Direction of mistuning, magnitude of cent deviation, and timbre as factors in musicians’ pitch discrimination in simultaneous and sequential listening conditions. Doctoral dissertation, Louisiana State University

Byo, J. L., Schlegel, A., Clark, N. A. (2011). Effects of stimulus octave and timbre on the tuning accuracy of secondary school instrumentalists. Journal of Research in Music Education, 58(4) 316–328

Clark, N. A. (2009). A Conversation with Ellis Marsalis, NBA Journal, 50/3

Clark, N. A. (2009). For the Sake of Style, NBA Journal, 49/3, 43

Clark, N. A. (2008). Rekindling the Culture of Mentorship, NBA Journal, 48/3, 17

Clark, N. A. (2007). America the Beautiful on Parade. Oskaloosa, Iowa: C. L. Barnhouse Music Publishers

Miller, W. C. & Clark, N. A. (Ed.), (1997). Band Director Secrets of Success. Lakeland, Florida: Aeton Music Publishers

Sak, T. & Clark, N. A. (Ed.), (1996). Metro Kvapik (gallop). Alto, New Mexico: TRN Music Publishers

Sak, T. & Clark, N. A. (Ed.), (1996). Air Force March. Alto, New Mexico: TRN Music Publishers

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