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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. Andee Book | Voice, Assistant Choir Director, Music History and Appreciation

Mr. Andee Book is in his third year at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he teaches applied voice, piano, diction, vocal pedagogy, and music appreciation courses as well as serving as the assistant director of the Vesper Choir and departmental accompanist for various recitals and performances. Mr. Book holds degrees from Arkansas TECH University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as well as having completed coursework for the terminal degree at the University of Memphis. As a countertenor, he has performed with many choral societies and regional opera organizations as well as University opera productions and as a guest artist and lecturer, specializing in baroque music and ornamentation. Recently, Mr. Book performed with the Arts Center of Southeast Arkansas and as guest organist at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. He also advises all vocal majors and serves on the policy committee at UAPB.

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

Mr. 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 Ensembles 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.

Professor Demarr Woods | Applied Trumpet, Theory, Music History and Appreciation

Professor Woods has a Doctor of Arts in Music Performance and Pedagogy with secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies, University of Northern a Colorado (ABD), Graduate Performer's Diploma, The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Master of Music, Howard University, Bachelor of Music, Southeastern Louisiana University. His history of commercial performances include the Coasters, Drifters, Vanessa Williams, K.D. Lang, John Legend, Fred Wesley, Bill Hughes, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Billy Taylor, Bill Piearce, Geri Allen and several others.

He has done classical performances with The Capital City Symphony, The Greeley Philharmonic, The American Studio Orchestra, The Washington Chorus, The George Bridgetower Ensemble, and The Loveland Choral Scociety Orchestra. Opera performances of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata and Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortile`ges. Chamber performances with the Lyric Brass Quintet, National Capital Band of the Salvation Army and the Peabody Conservatory Chamber Winds. He has performed abroad in China and Japan and worked as faculty at Howard University, Coppin State University, and The University of Northern Colorado. Influential teachers include Josef Burgstaller, Edward Hoffman, Fred Irby III, Bryan DePoy and John Adler.

Professor Woods was also given the Diversity Recognition Award in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of Downbeat Magazine's rated Best in the US College Graduate Level Classical Group.

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 Master’s 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, Contributions in Music Education, The Florida Music Director, Southeastern Music Education Journal, and the Western Journal of Black Studies.


Mr. Gerome Hudson
Lab Assistant/Arranger

Mrs. Jerri Taylor

Administrative Assistant 

Mrs. Sheila Early

Band Administrative Assistant 

Mr. James Mincy

Music Librarian