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Lance Sample Named U of M Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands

May 21, 2018

Dr. Lance Sample has been named Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Dr. Sample will assume leadership in July 2018.

School of Music Director Michael Kim shares, “We are very pleased to welcome Lance to the School of Music community and to the University of Minnesota. His passion for and engagement with students, and advocacy for the value of music education and the band experience for all students is exemplary. He is a wonderful addition to our team of distinguished band directors!”

Director of Bands Emily Threinen states, "Dr. Sample brings a unique combination of excellent musicianship, experience, and a spirit of collaboration. I am thrilled for our students and colleagues, the comprehensive U of M Bands program, and the community.”

A native of eastern Maryland, Dr. Sample received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University, Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin, Richard Clary, and Don Wilcox.

Dr. Sample served as an Assistant Instructor with University Bands at The University of Texas at Austin. He was involved in creative and administrative aspects of the program including The University of Texas Wind Ensemble and The Longhorn Band. Prior to his graduate studies at The University of Texas and Florida State University, Dr. Sample taught in the public schools of Maryland for seven years.

His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Band Masters Association.

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