Director of Bands
Joe H. Brashier has been Director of Bands at Valdosta State University since August,1998. Prior to this he was Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University from 1995-98. His experience includes Director of the Marching Band and conductor of the Symphonic Band at Appalachian State University from 1987-92, and Supervisor of Music in the Kansas City, Kansas School District. Dr. Brashier's previous experience includes thirteen years of public school teaching.
Brashier is a native of Clinton, Mississippi. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi, studying conducting with Joe Barry Mullins and trombone with Raymond Young and Larry Weed. After earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education, he taught at Red Level (AL) High School, Tate (FL) High School, and Greenwood (MS) High School. In 1987 Brashier earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Kansas. At Kansas he studied conducting with Zuohuang Chen and wind literature with Robert Foster.
Dr. Brashier has served as a clinician or adjudicator throughout the South, Midwest, East coast, Canada, and Guam and is a noted authority on the Saito Conducting Method. He also has an extensive background in marching band and related areas. Besides outstanding bands, he directed winter guards for eleven years. He holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, and the Grainger Library Society.