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College of Arts and Sciences

Rod M. Chesnutt, Ph.D.

Rod M. Chesnutt, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music
Head of Instrumental Studies: Director of Bands, Conducting
Phone: (239) 590-7188
Office: MUS 121

Rod M. Chesnutt is associate professor of wind ensembles at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is responsible for those components of the university music program while teaching courses in music education, wind literature and conducting. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Tennessee Technological University , a master's degree in trombone performance from Arkansas State University , and a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in wind conducting from Florida State University. Previously, he served as chair of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting and director of Symphonic and marching bands at the University of Northern Iowa. He was also the director of bands at Mississippi State University and the State University of West Georgia. Additionally, he served as Music Director/Conductor of the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra and served as the assistant director of bands and the director of the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska. While at the University of Nebraska , the Cornhusker Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy for outstanding contributions among the nation's university bands. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Chesnutt built superior-rated bands in the public schools of Trumann and Blytheville, Arkansas. He was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1988, Who's Who in American Education 2006, Who's Who in America 2006 and received the National Music Clubs' Award of Merit in 1991.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Chesnutt has appeared throughout the United States. He is also an arranger of note having studied with Robert Jager and Jared Spears and his arrangements have been performed by such accomplished ensembles as the New Columbia Wind Band, the U.S. Army Band [Pershing's Own], Florida State University Symphonic Band, Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and the University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble. He has been actively involved in commissioning and premiering new music for winds including works by Michael Colgrass, Eric Ewazen, David Maslanka, Paul Richards, Robert W. Smith, Philip Sparke, and Jack Stamp.

Professionally, he is a member of Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the National Band Association. A past Arkansas State Chairman for the NBA and Mississippi State Chair for the CBDNA, Dr. Chesnutt is a former Midwest and Southeast District Governor for Kappa Kappa Psi and currently serves as its Immediate Past National President and member of the Board of Trustees. He has conducted ensembles and presented scholarly research at regional, national, and international conventions, and his articles have been published in CBDNA Reports, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, National Band Association Journal, and Clarino Bläsermusik International. He is a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.