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Biographical Sketches

Dr. William McManus Dr. William McManus

The Concord Band, Music Director Emeritus

Dr. William McManus was Music Director of The Concord Band from 1995 to 2009. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, with advanced degrees from Boston University, Dr. McManus was, until his retirement in 2008, Chairman of the Music Education Department at Boston University. He was appointed Associate Professor of Music Education at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University in 2004.

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) awarded Dr. McManus the Lowell Mason Award and the Distinguished Service Award, the MMEA’s most prestigious award. He was also given the Conductor of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Instrumental Conductors Association. He was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by Administrators in Music Education (AIME) and the Boston University College of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. McManus served as President of the MMEA from 1991 to 1993 and President of the Eastern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education from 1999 to 2001. He has been Conductor of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the Framingham Concert Band, the 250th Army Band in Waltham, and the United States Youth Wind Ensemble, and has been a guest conductor throughout the eastern United States and Europe.

Dr. McManus administered public school music programs in Belmont (MA), Westborough (MA) and Leicester (MA). While he was MMEA President, he was also the state representative to the Coalition for Music Education, lobbying to include music in the core curriculum of public schools. In addition, he has taught music education classes at the New England Conservatory and at Fitchburg State College. He continues to write and arrange music for The Concord Band, which has premiered a number of his works.

After a 2006 concert by The Concord Band, a reviewer wrote in The Concord Journal, “The Concord Band is fortunate to have a wonderful musician and educator, Dr. William McManus, as their leader. Clearly, he is a man who possesses the very finest professional qualities of musical and personal integrity as well as his distinguished reputation as a gifted educator, community leader, and music conductor. The environment that Bill McManus has created is very special, one where members want to play quality literature, and attempt to play it well. That only happens when the person at the top demands those types of standards.”


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