Hampton University — Music Faculty and Director of University Bands*


Closing Date:

The Department of Music (School of Liberal Arts and Education) invites applications for the position of Director of University Bands in Department of Music.  The appointment date is July 1, 2017.  The Director of University Bands must understand that the marching band experience is at the core of HBCU culture.  The successful candidate must be relentless in developing and implementing a bold strategic plan for the University Bands program.

The Director of University Bands serves as a member of the Hampton University faculty and reports to the Chairperson of the Department of Music. The Director of Bands provides principal leadership and management to the Hampton University Marching Band (“The Force”), the Basketball Band, the Concert Band, and the Symphonic Winds.

Hampton University was founded in 1868 as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.  Throughout its history, Hampton University has been recognized for its outstanding contributions to higher education.  By building upon the firm foundation of its founder, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, and setting a high bar, Hampton has established itself as “The Standard of Excellence.”  The University Bands program is expected to meet this standard.

Hampton University’s excellence is often recognized by its peers.  Hampton University has ranked at the top of several prestigious college listings, distancing many institutions of its size across noteworthy categories.  Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly have given Hampton University high rankings for its research programs and university services, and for being one of the best modest-sized universities overall.

One of the top universities in the world, Hampton University is a comprehensive multicultural and historically black institution dedicated to the promotion of world-class learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students of all backgrounds for positions of leadership and service.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, management, and administrative support for all aspects of the University Bands program.
  • Actively recruit to increase the size of the marching band to 200+ members by adding 40+ members each year for three (3) years beginning 2017, and retain a 200+ member marching band thereafter.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with select high school band programs to establish a pipeline of new marching band recruits.
  • Recruit, advise, and teach (within the candidate’s area(s) of expertise) undergraduate members of the marching band, graduate music majors, and graduate assistants assigned to ensembles.
  • Communicate and receive input from within staff section leaders relative to HU Band operations.
  • Direct ensembles (e.g., Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and Basketball Pep Band).
  • Serve as the principal administrator of instrumental ensemble events, including, but not limited to, high school band clinics, high school marching band competitions, and summer band camps, concert tours, special performances and other band activities; promote and recruit for the marching band and the Department of Music during these activities.
  • Fulfill faculty expectations associated with a traditional University faculty appointment (teaching, scholarly/creative activity, service).
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with: (a) the Athletic Director, regarding participation in athletic events; and (b) the Dean of Admission and Director of Financial Aid, regarding disbursement of band scholarships.
  • Must have a collaborative style of management and leadership, and the ability to effectively articulate quantifiable goals and objectives of the University bands while working in harmony with the Department Chairperson, Music Director, Assistant Director of Bands, and University leaders in the creative and administrative tasks associated with the band program.


  • Ability to administer, recruit, and maintain a high-quality athletic band program.
  • Demonstrated record of student and marching band success.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain students.
  • Ability to teach courses in conducting and marching band techniques.
  • Willingness to accommodate a variety of learning styles and strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning, flexible teaching methods, and applied learning approaches.
  • Demonstrated proficient written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficient verbal communications skills.
  • Collaboration and teamwork are essential.


Minimum Education
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution conferred by time of appointment.

Minimum Experience
Evidence of successful teaching in the areas of athletic bands (marching and pep) and concert bands. Prior college-level marching band director experience is preferred. Proficiency in drill-writing and music arranging is desirable.

How to Apply
Applicants must provide the following required applicant documents:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy – Statement of teaching philosophy and vision for 21st century music education.
  • Video recordings of applicant conducting one or more unedited live performances and one or more unedited rehearsals 20 to 50 minutes in length demonstrating ability to address both technical and musical issues.
  • Three confidential letters of reference, written within the past 12 months sent directly by the referees to: Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chair, Director of Bands Search Committee, Hampton University, 100 East Queen Street, Hampton, Virginia 23668

Application material may also be submitted electronically:  joann.haysbert@hamptonu.edu.

* Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.