Dr. John S. Ross, Artistic Director
Dr. John Stanley Ross is Director of Bands and Associate
Professor of Music in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian
State University where he serves on the graduate faculty,
conducts the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and
Concert Band, teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate
conducting, supervises student teachers, serves as the advisor
for Kappa Kappa Psi and the Collegiate National Band
Association, and guides all aspects of the ASU BANDS program.
He also serves as a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.
Dr. Ross is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States and has also conducted in China, Romania, and South Korea. Ensembles under his direction have performed at state conferences in Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and at the American School Band Directors Association National Convention and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Awards received include the 2008-2009 Honors Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals; Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; Who’s Who In America; Who’s
Who for Professionals; the Minnesota Band Director’s Association Award; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; and the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
He has commissioned and arranged several works for winds and has conducted over thirty world premieres. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today series and have won the praise and admiration of composers such as Karel Husa, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Adler, David Gillingham, William Harbinson, and David Maslanka, among others.
Dr. Ross has studied conducting with John L. Whitwell, H. Robert Reynolds, Larry Rachleff, Frederick Fennell, Elizabeth A. H. Green, Donald Scnelicher, Gary Lewis, and Gustav Meier, among many others. Dr. Ross is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the College Music Society and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Assistant Artistic Director
O'Shae D. Best is currently the Director of Bands at Crestdale
Middle School in Matthews, NC. Prior to returning to the classroom,
Best served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Mead Witter
School of Music, located at the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
where he led non-major University Band and assisted with the
UW Marching Band.
Best received his BM in Music Education from East Carolina University and his MM in Wind Conducting from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he studied under Scott Teeple, with studies completed with Mark Hetzler (trombone), Tom Curry (tuba/euphonium), and Dr. Chad Hutchinson (orchestral conducting).
O'Shae is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NAfME, and the National Band Association.
Board of Directors
Internal Revenue Service
Maynard Pest Management LLC
Social Media Manager
Board Certified Music Therapist and Counselor
City of Charlotte
Trinity Episcopal School
Kathy Smith Realtor