2018 All-Star Intercollegiate Band

Guest Conductors: Pamela Bustos and Michael Butler

Dr. Pamela Bowen Bustos joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2002, where she serves as Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education. Her duties include conducting the Symphonic Band, Chamber Wind Ensemble, teaching conducting, clarinet, woodwind techniques, marching band techniques, band and orchestra literature and instrumental methods as well as supervising student teachers.

Dr. Bustos earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Master of Music Education in Band Directing Degree from Appalachian State University of Boone, North Carolina. She earned the Doctorate of Arts in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1997 where she studied with conducting with Dr. Kenneth Singleton and clarinet with Thomas Massey. She has had the privilege of studying with several other prominent conductors throughout the United States including Jerry Junkin (University of Texas at Austin), Eugene Corporon (University of North Texas), and Stanley DeRusha (Butler University). Prior to her current position at UWS, Dr. Bustos taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris for five years and as a middle school band and orchestra director in North Carolina.

International projects have been at the forefront of Dr. Bustos’ endeavors including serving as coordinator of music tours of Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica and Panama. For the last eighteen years her area of research has been South American band music that has included the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Panama. Her most recent international work includes serving as coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Symphonic Band 2015 Panama Tour. Dr. Bustos has also been actively involved in the band field through serving as a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Beginning Band Volume 2 and the Middle School Volume.

 

Dr. Michael S. Butler is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching Conducting and Instrumental Methods, and hosting an annual honor band for high school students. Before teaching at UWSP, he had a multitude of experiences that included teaching and conducting at the University of Florida, serving as the Associate Director of Bands & Orchestra at Spruce Creek High School and the Director of Bands at Boone High School. Ensembles under his leadership flourished and received invitations to perform at the Florida Music Educators Conference and the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
 
An ardent student of the art of conducting, he regularly attends conducting symposiums and has studied with David Waybright, Joseph Hermann, H. Robert Reynolds, Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, Rodney Dorsey, Jamie Nix, Steve Davis, Allan McMurray, and Tom Leslie. In 2015, he attended the Miami Summer Music Festival where he studied conducting with Grzegorz Nowak, Permanent Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Butler is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for wind bands nationwide. Most recently, he guest conducted the United States Army Band Pershing’s Own. He has collaborated with numerous composers including Peter Van Zandt Lane and Daniel Kellogg that received commendations for their interpretation and spirited performance. An advocate of new music for the wind band, he regularly joins commission projects to ensure talented composers are contributing to the wind repertoire. Additionally, he remains active as a researcher and academic writer and has contributed articles to the Florida and Wisconsin music educator journals.

As a performer, Dr. Butler has performed with the Johnson City Symphony, the Bryan Symphony, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Appalachian Brass Orchestra, Wisconsin Collegiate Faculty Brass, and as a freelance trumpet performer. He appears on two CDs produced by Mark Custom Records entitled Slide Ride and Raise the Roof. His arrangements for trumpet and brass ensembles have been performed at national and international music conferences and received high praise. 

The National Band Association has awarded Dr. Butler a Citation of Excellence for his contributions to bands and band music. He is affiliated with many professional organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Band Association, the National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and is also an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, a National Honorary Band Society.


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