Thomas P. Rohrer. . .
. . . is Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Utah State University where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and the Aggie Marching Band as part of his leadership of a diverse collegiate band program and teacher training curriculum. Having established an international reputation as a conductor and clinician, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake [Utah] Symphonic Winds (which performed at the 2006 MENC National Conference) and consistently receives high praise from colleagues and composers for meticulous preparation and insightful interpretation.
An active composer, Dr. Rohrer has twice earned honors as a winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony's composition competition, completed several commissions, had works performed at two conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and received the international premiere of Excessive Force for Wind Ensemble.
Under his leadership, the USU Wind Orchestra is held in high regard, twice receiving invitations to the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference and hosting several noted artists, composers, and conductors. A frequent conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Rohrer is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Instrumentalist, and several state professional journals, and he has been invited to present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the regional College Band Directors National Association, and individual state conferences.
Dr. Rohrer is cited numerous times for outstanding teaching, most recently as the 2007-08 recipient of the Marie Eccles Canine Foundation Young Scholar Award and the Utah State University Music Department and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year in 2004. In addition, he was honored as a top-five finalist for the campus-wide Master Teacher Award at Bowling Green State University in 1997. He also taught collegiately at Florida State University and held positions at Northern Arizona University and the University of Cincinnati. His public school experience includes teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Southwest Ohio. A proponent of music education, Dr. Rohrer has visited hundreds of classrooms, and he maintains strong ties with pre-service and in-service teachers.
Dr. Rohrer's professional affiliations have included the College Band Directors National Association-for which he is currently Western Division Vice President, Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Conductors Guild, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
As a community member, he has served on the Community Council for Hillcrest Elementary School in Logan and coached basketball, baseball, and soccer for the Logan Parks and Recreation Department. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma-national band service organizations-and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Rohrer has degrees in music education and wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.
Randy Houtz , 2010-12 Assistant Conductor. . .
. . . received his Bachelor and Master Degree’s in Music Education from Utah State University. Currently teaching in the Davis County School District, Randy is entering his 35th year as an educator.
Randy has been listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” multiple times, was recognized as Utah’s Outstanding Middle School/Junior High Music educator by the Utah Music Educator’s association, (MENC) voted Kaysville Junior High School teacher of the year and received recognition from the Davis School District at the districts Hall of Fame banquet.
Randy has been an active member of the music education association in Utah, serving as treasurer for ten years. Many outstanding educators have contributed to the success Randy has had in music education, but these have contributed significantly to his success: Dr. Max Dalby, Dr. Alvin Wardle and Dr. Glen Fifield.