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Marc Decker

Musician in Residence
Department of Performing Arts

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, AU Symphonic Band
    Director, Screamin' Eagles Pep Band
  • Dr. Marc Decker is a Musician in Residence on the faculty at American University where he serves as director of the Symphonic Band and Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band. Additional responsibilities at American University include applied lessons in conducting and instructing general education courses in music. Decker is also an active arranger of music for athletic bands, 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. At Iowa, 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 director of bands Dr. Richard Mark Heidel and drill design with the Marching Band Director Professor 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 during his tenure as director. Dr. 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
  • 146 Katzen Arts Center. By Appointment

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