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Marc Decker

Director of Bands-in-Residence
Department of Performing Arts

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    Director of Bands
  • Dr. Marc Decker is Director of Bands and a Musician in Residence on the faculty at American University where he directs the Symphonic Band, ‘Screamin’ Eagles’ Pep Band, coaches the AU Chamber Winds, and instructs applied lessons in conducting. Aside from his responsibilities at AU, he is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the Washington DC area. Before moving to the East Coast, Decker was a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa. There he guest conducted the various concert ensembles, directed the Iowa Pep Band, and assisted in the daily operation of the 260-member ‘Hawkeye’ Marching Band. During this time he studied conducting with the Richard Mark Heidel and drill design with Kevin Kastens. Prior to coming to Iowa, Decker was director of bands at South Haven High School in South Haven, Michigan. He directed the ‘Purple Pride’ Marching Band, the high school concert bands, jazz bands, and coached chamber ensembles. The bands at South Haven earned superior ratings at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association festivals during his tenure. Decker’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Maryland Bandmasters Association, Maryland Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
  • Degrees

    Doctor of Musical Arts, Band Conducting, The University of Iowa Master of Arts, Band Conducting, The University of Iowa Bachelor of Music Education, The University of Illinois

  • CAS - Performing Arts
  • Katzen Arts Center - 147
  • 147 Katzen Arts Center. TU 1:00-3:00

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