Dr. Jesse Leyva is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Kent State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative leadership for the band program. Prior to Leyva's appointment at Kent State, he was Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and Director of Bands at Henderson State University (AR).
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Dr. John Franklin joined the faculty of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University in the fall of 2013 as the Director of Athletic Bands having served in similar capacity at Duke University (Durham, NC), East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), the University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA), and as the Interim Director of Bands and visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the College of Wooster (Wooster, OH). A native of Jacksonville, FL, Dr.
Conductor Scott MacPherson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. In addition to conducting the KSU Chorale and Kent Chorus, Dr. MacPherson leads the graduate choral conducting program. The Chorale performed at the Ohio Choral Directors Association Conference in June 2014. He has consistently earned praise for the performance of choirs under his direction.