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Dr. Terry Austin

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Terry Austin is Emeritus Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was the Director of Bands for 36 years, and served as the Chair of the Department of Music from 2018-2022. Dr. Austin is a regular guest conductor of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble and is a Guest Professor of the Center of General Education of Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.


Austin was the 78th President of the American Bandmasters Association. He served as the chairman of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Band Composition Contest from 1995-2019, is chairman of the Bandworld/John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor, a member of the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and a past board member of the National Band Association, and the Southern Division of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education and past president of the Virginia Music Educators Association. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.


Dr. Austin is included in Who’s Who In America, Who's Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and in 2005 he received the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement Award of Excellence.


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