W. Dale Warren
2018 KMEA All-State 1234A Band Conductor
W. Dale Warren is Senior Wind Band Conductor and Professor of Music in the University of Arkansas Department of Music. Professor Warren’s primary responsibility is conducting the UA Wind Symphony. He also teaches music education courses and is actively engaged in the Graduate Instrumental Conducting Program. From 1991-2000 Professor Warren was the Director of the UA Razorback Marching Band. Professor Warren is also the director of the highly successful UA Summer Music Camps.
Born in Greenville, Kentucky, Professor Warren played euphonium while attending Muhlenberg Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Warren is a former conducting student of Edward A. Knob, John Larkin, George Mabrey, W. Harry Clark, Skip Gray, Dennis Johnson, John Paynter, John Whitwell, and Larry Rachleff. He also served on the music department faculty as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky from 1986-1991. Professor Warren taught at Kentucky high schools Bremen and North Hardin from 1980-1986. His bands received numerous awards and Division I ratings. He has guest conducted all-district, all-region, and all-state honor bands, as well as university bands in 35 states. Professor Warren has completed a faculty residency with the Kasetsart University Wind Symphony in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thailand residency included conducting rehearsals, teaching master classes and guest conducting a full concert program of American composers. Professor Warren is a computer clinician/designer for Advantage Showare, Inc. and Arrangers’ Publishing Company.
For 20 years he served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Orlando. During Mr. Warren’s affiliation with Music for All/Bands of America he served as a member of the Educational Advisory Board and for the past 29 years as an adjudicator and chief judge. In addition to serving as chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield Award Committee, Mr. Warren is a John Philip Sousa Foundation Board Member, a Past President of the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Association, and for the past 15 years has been a member of the Institutional Review Board at Washington Regional Medical Center. Since Professor Warren arrived at the University of Arkansas, the UA Wind Symphony has made six guest appearances at College Band Directors National Association Conventions.
In 2000 the UA Wind Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The UA Wind Symphony performed at the Arkansas Music Educators Convention/All-State Conference on two occasions under Professor Warren’s baton. During Professor Warren’s tenure as Director, the Razorback Marching Band performed numerous times for former President Clinton, including the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Under Professor Warren’s leadership, the Razorback Band performed at the SEC Championship, the Cotton Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Carquest Bowl, and the Independence Bowl. The Razorback Marching Band appeared as the Grand Finale Band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Professor Warren’s affiliations include: National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Conductors Guild, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda.