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ASU Gains New Director of Athletic Bands


James Hudson
Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

March 30, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts has appointed James Hudson director of athletic bands in the School of Music. Hudson most recently held the same position at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Hudson replaces Martin Province, who has resigned as director.

"To be a member of such a tremendous music faculty will be an honor," Hudson said.   "ASU is an excellent university and the students so far have been great and the staff has been very supportive--I know it's going to be awesome all around."

Hudson and his family are expected to begin settling in Arizona in early July.

"He is a very well-respected director of collegiate athletic bands," said Wayne Bailey, director of the School of Music.   "His work with the University of Kansas has been outstanding and we look forward to his exciting ideas about the Sun Devil Marching Band."

Prior to Hudson's employment at the University of Kansas in 2003, he spent 11 years at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, first as director of athletic bands and later as director of bands.   He received his bachelor of music education from Northeast Missouri State University in Maryville in 1980.   He returned to school in 1990 to obtain a master of music in music education with a conducting emphasis from the University of Nebraska.  

The School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19 th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report . More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit http://music.asu.edu .