CLEMSON -- Texas conductor, composer and arranger Dr. Mark Spede has been appointed director of bands at Clemson University. He will conduct the Tiger Marching Band as well as other instrumental music ensembles in the school's performing arts department.
After a national search, "Dr. Spede's credentials as a conductor, musician and composer made him the best fit for Clemson University and our student musicians," said Dr. Rick Goodstein, who chairs Clemson's performing arts department.
"Clemson's bands are at the cusp of a new era and an
exciting journey to greatness," says Spede. "I'm looking forward to embracing the many traditions at Clemson as well as creating new ones."
Dr. Spede holds music degrees from the University of
Michigan and Ball State University and a Doctorate of
Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin.
During his career, Spede has worked in various capacities in
a wide array of instrumental music organizations. His experience includes serving as the assistant conductor for the Dallas Wind Symphony, director of the Pride of Mid America Marching Band Drum-line and assistant conductor of the University of Texas Symphonic Band.
He has worked as a music arranger and drill designer for the Gator Marching Band at the University of Florida, director of the Ball State University Jazz Ensemble and assistant director of the University Interscholastic League.
Spede has written numerous arrangements for band, among them D.C. Fanfare by John Corigliano, Red Cape Tango by Michael Daugherty and Wedding Dances from "Bandana" by Daron Hagen. His music has been published by Schirmer, Peer International and Boosey & Hawkes.
Spede is a member of College Band Directors' National Association, The Conductors' Guild and Music Educators' National Conference.
"Dr. Spede brings a wealth of experience to Clemson,
including exceptional musicality," adds Goodstein. "We look forward to his arrival and especially the new energy he will bring to Clemson Tiger Band and the other ensembles he will conduct."