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Dr. Richard Bailey
Sound-Recording Technology, Applied Trumpet

Dr. Richard Bailey brings a multifaceted background in music to the Sound Recording Technology program at UAPB. At The Cleveland Institute of Music he studied trumpet performance with Bernard Adelstein and James Darling of the Cleveland Orchestra, and audio recording with Tom Knab and Jack Renner of Telarc Records. While at CIM, Dr. Bailey began composition studies with Dr. Larry Baker. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Buffalo - studying composition with David Felder and Charles Wuorinen, and computer music with Peter Otto and Cort Lippe. Dr. Bailey also enjoyed a brief but intense period of study with Louis Andriessen at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His compositions have been performed throughout much of the United States and in Europe, and his recent works span a multitude of genres - from concert music, to jazz, to popular electronic music. Dr. Bailey currently performs with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Community Band, the Natural State Brass Band and the Capitol Brass Quintet.

Mr. Darryl Evans
Jazz Band Director, Assistant Band Director, Theory, Low Brass

Mr. Darryl Evans is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Grambling State University of Louisiana, where he studied Marching Band Techniques with the legendary Conrad Hutchinson, Jr., and his Master of Music Degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He has been successful in developing, award winning instrumental music programs at various levels. Mr. Evans has taught in the public schools of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Under Mr. Evans’ leadership the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Jazz Ensemble has evolved into one of the premier collegiate jazz bands in the nation. Mr. Evans also directs the Black Concert Band, is an Assistant Director of the Marching Band, and is an Instructor of Low Brass and Theory. As a musician, he has had the opportunity to play professionally in a variety of settings. He has received numerous honors and awards including Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator.

Mr. Harold Fooster
Assistant Band Director, Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Conducting

A native of Ashdown, Arkansas, Mr. Fooster received his Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University and a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. Mr. Fooster has previously taught at various high schools and junior high schools in Arkansas (Taylor, Malvern, El Dorado, Texarkana), and Texas (Liberty-Eylau High School, Texarkana, TX). He is currently serving his second stint at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as an assistant band director and percussion instructor. Mr. Fooster has conducted honor bands in Arkansas and Tennessee and has served as an adjudicator in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Under Mr. Fooster’s direction, the UAPB drum line has performed for Wal-Mart share-holders, our 41st President George W. Bush, various drum line competitions, and performances in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Missouri. As a performer, Mr. Fooster currently performs with the Little Rock Wind Symphony and has performed with the South Arkansas Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony, UNT Symphonic Band, various jazz bands and combos.

Mr. John Graham
Director of Bands, Conducting, Applied Woodwinds, Theory

Mr. John Graham, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He has done further study at Arkansas Tech University, University of Memphis, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Northeastern University, and the University of Colorado Bolder.
     In 1994, Mr. Graham began his service as Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). As Director, Mr. Graham oversees two concert bands, the UAPB Wind Symphony, and the 280 piece marching band, known as “The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South” (M4). Prior to coming to UAPB, he served as Director of Bands at Parkview Arts and Sciences Magnet High School, Little Rock Central High School, McClellan High School, and North Chicago Community High School. Mr. Graham has been featured as a Clinician and Judicator for more than 20 schools in approximately eight states.

Mr. Milton L. Jackson, Associate Professor
Theory, Orchestration, High Brass, Guitar, Jazz Theory, Music History and Appreciation, Composer and Arranger

Milton L. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Music and has been teaching at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff since 1978. He is a graduate of the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Master of Music Degree from Ouachita Baptist University with additional graduate work at the University of Central Arkansas. He teaches Advanced Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Orchestration, Music History and Appreciation, High Brass, and Guitar. He is an active music arranger/composer and jazz guitarist. Mr. Jackson maintains a busy performance schedule in and around the state. His performances with many different ensembles keep him busy as a player with venues such as: The Art Porter Scholarship Band, The Clinton Library , Pine Bluff and Little Rock Jazz festivals, the Delta Jazz History Documentary, and a host of smaller venues. As an arranger/composer he has written pieces for marching band, jazz ensemble and classical chamber groups. 

Dr. Sharon M. Young
Music Education, Class Piano, Student Teacher Supervision, Music History and Appreciation

Dr. Sharon Young is an Assistant Professor of Music. She received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Masters Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Ohio State University. Prior to her tenure at UAPB, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. At UALR she taught courses in Music Education, Voice, African American Music, and directed the UALR Gospel Chorale. At UAPB she teaches Music History and Appreciation, General Music Methods, Public School Music and Class Piano. She also advises music education majors and she is the teacher supervisor for music education candidates. She has received numerous awards from UALR, Florida State University, Ohio State University, the Ohio Music Educators’ Association, Southern Division Music Educators’ Conference, and The National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music. Dr. Young is an avid researcher and has published articles in The Music Educators’ Journal, General Music Today, Research Perspectives, and Contributions in Music Education, The Florida Music Director, Southeastern Music Education Journal and the Western Journal of Black Studies.


Mrs. Sheila Early
Band Administrative Assistant

Mr. Jerome Hudson
Lab Assistant/Arranger

Mr. James Mincy
Music Librarian
Mrs. Jerri Taylor
Administrative Assistant for the Department of Music