Keith Jackson, Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music, has been a member of the music faculty since 1995. Dr. Jackson is active in both classical and jazz styles as a performer and clinician. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra.
Before coming to West Virginia University in 1995, Dr. Jackson taught at the University of North Carolina , Arizona State University , St. Augustine College and the North Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.
Dr. Jackson performance credits include: the Phoenix Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the USAir Jazz Orchestra, the Fiesta Brass, the Crown Chamber Brass, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Gregg Gelb Swing Band, the River City Brass Band and appearances on several recordings and public television. Dr. Jackson has performed on several occasions at both the International Trombone Workshop and the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. He has given solo recitals throughout the United States.
John Hendricks, III, Associate Dean
John Hendricks, III is presently serving as Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Retention for the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, in addition to serving as Director of Bands for the School of Music. Prior to these appointments, Professor Hendricks served as WVU’s Associate Director of Bands for twelve years. His present teaching duties include conducting the University’s Wind Symphony and instructing graduate conducting courses. His past duties at WVU include directing the WVU Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band, as well as instructing several music education courses including undergraduate conducting and public school arranging. He has also served as Assistant Chair for the School of Music, coordinator of music undergraduate academic advising, coordinator of the WVU summer Mountaineer Music Camp, and conductor of the Studio Orchestra. Prior to his appointments at WVU, Professor Hendricks was the Assistant Director of Bands at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Professor Hendricks received his Masters Degree in Conducting and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from West Virginia University. While working toward his Masters, he was actively involved with the West Virginia University Bands as a graduate assistant. He also served for five years as the band director at Spencer High School in Spencer, WV.
Besides his current administrative and teaching duties, Professor Hendricks is active as a guest conductor for various honor groups on the county, district, regional, and all-state levels. He also serves frequently as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the eastern United States. He has had several chapters published in the popular Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series by GIA Publications. His current research is focused upon the use of hymns in wind band music.
Professor Hendricks is a member of several professional music affiliations including the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. Professor Hendricks is presently the state chair for the National Band Association, co-advisor for the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and past-president of the Big East Band Directors Association. He has also held state positions for the College Band Directors National Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Golden Key National Honor Society, and the WVU Mountain Honorary. Professor Hendricks is a past recipient of the “West Virginia Band Director of the Year” award presented by the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Professor Hendricks has been an arranger for university and high school bands, as well as a coordinator for various events and conferences.