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. Franklin has been a part of the band profession since 1998 when he served as the Director of Bands at Frostproof Middle/Senior High School (Frostproof, FL). This was followed by a position as the Director of Bands and Choirs at Avon Park Middle School (Avon Park, FL). As a public school music educator, his ensembles were known for their curriculum in comprehensive musicianship and were hailed for their mature band sound. While at Indiana University for graduate studies, he served as a clinician at several area band programs, worked on the staff of the Indiana University Marching Hundred, recipient of the 2007 Sudler Trophy, guest conducted the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, conducted the All-Campus Band, and coordinated the Young Winds music education program.
Dr. Franklin’s scholarship interests include the training of music teachers, particularly in the area of undergraduate instrumental conducting education, and the history and literature of the wind ensemble. His work has been published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He recently presented a clinic on creating 5-year development plans for college athletic bands at the 2011 CBDNA Athletic Band Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Furthermore, his catalogue of nearly 100 athletic and concert band arrangements have been performed by bands across the United States, including those at Duke University, East Carolina University, California State University-Long Beach, Northwest Missouri State University, Florida State University, Indiana University, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, the College of Wooster, and the University of West Georgia. As a conductor, Dr. Franklin’s ability to prepare both concert and chamber groups has garnered praise from many conductors, composers, teachers, and musicians from across the country. He remains in steady demand as a guest conductor with past and future engagements that include several honor bands in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as well as with the prestigious United States Military Academy Band.
Dr. Franklin completed his DM in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds a Master of Music Education also from Indiana University and the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the National Band Association (NBA), and is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha (Zeta Psi chapter).
Director of Athletic Bands