Faculty and Staff
Dr. Richard Bailey, Chair
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.
Dr. Michael J. Bates
Vesper Choir Director, Music History, Applied Piano
Dr. Michael J. Bates is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Bradley University, the Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the University of Illinois (where he studied with the noted pianist-composer Soulima Stravinsky), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis. Dr. Bates has been featured piano soloist with several orchestras. He is also a recipient of an “Amoco Award for Excellence in Musical Composition” from the American College Theatre Festival for his original score to the Langston Hughes play “Tambourines to Glory”. His arrangements of gospel music for orchestra and choir have been performed by the Pine Bluff Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony. Dr. Bates served as Artist-In-Residence and Coordinator of the Arts for the Arkansas Governor’s School for the Gifted and Talented for twenty years before leaving that post. He served two terms on the Arkansas Humanities Council and for several years was a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education. Under his direction in 2006 the UAPB Vesper Choir toured Italy and performed a total of eight concerts in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Dr. Bates has also served as Regional Conductor for the “105 Voices of History, National HBCU Choir”.
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. 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
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. Demarr Woods
Applied Trumpet, Theory, Music History and Appreciation
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. Commercial performances with 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. Orchestral performances with The Capital City Symphony, The Greeley Philharmonic, The American Studio Orchestra, The Washington Chorus, The George Bridgetower Ensemble, and The Loveland Choral Society 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. Awards include the Diversity Recognition Award in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University; Member of Downbeat Magazine's rated Best in the US College Graduate Level Classical Group. Performances abroad include China and Japan. Taught on the faculties of Howard University, Coppin State University, and The University of Northern Colorado. Teachers include Bryan DePoy, Josef Burgstaller, Edward Hoffman, Fred Irby III, and John Adler.
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, and Contributions in Music Education, The Florida Music Director, Southeastern Music Education Journal and the Western Journal of Black Studies.