Indiana University

Bands

Associate Instructors

Meet our students; read about their backgrounds, professional engagements, teaching positions, and educational histories.

Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting candidates
Master of Music in Wind Conducting candidates

Jason H. Nam is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also serves as Associate Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community wind band based in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds a B.M. degree in Music Education and a M.M. in Conducting from the University of Redlands.

From 2006-2010 Mr. Nam taught in the Santa Barbara Unified School District serving as Director of Bands at both La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Under his direction, both programs received consistent unanimous superior ratings at numerous jazz, band, and orchestra festivals. Also, during his four years as director of the San Marcos High School Marching Band, the ensemble placed in the top two in their division every year at SCSBOA State Field Championships, receiving the gold medal in 2007 and 2008. He also served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University San Bernardino, where he taught brass methods to undergraduate music education and composition majors.

Prior to coming to the Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Nam served as a graduate assistant in the department of bands as a student of Dr. Eddie R. Smith at the University of Redlands School of Music, and was part of the first class ever to be awarded a degree in Conducting from that institution. As an advocate for new music, he served as conductor and ensemble member for the then newly student-formed New Music Ensemble in the University of Redlands School of Music, collaborating with student composers and also performing the works of composers such as Barney Childs and Louis Andreissen. Mr. Nam's professional mentors have included Dr. Eddie R. Smith, Dr. David Scott, Donald Jaramillo, Daniel Garske, Dr. Amy Acklin, David C. Woodley, Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman, Dr. Eric M. Smedley, and Stephen W. Pratt.

Mr. Nam holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Conductor's Guild, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and is also a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.

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Brett A. Richardson is currently serving as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands and Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he is pursuing the Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree as a student of Professor Stephen W. Pratt. He also serves as the Resident Conductor of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community band based out of Bloomington, Indiana. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University under Professor Fred Allen and a M.M. in Wind Conducting from Texas A&M University-Commerce under Dr. Brad Kent.

Prior to his arrival at Indiana University, Mr. Richardson proudly served as the Assistant Director of Bands and an Instructor of Music at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he conducted the Symphonic Band, served as Associate Director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, taught various courses in conducting and music education, and directed the “Roarin’ Buzzsaws” Men’s and Women’s Basketball Bands. Prior to his tenure at SFA, Mr. Richardson also served as a music educator in Texas as part of the Clear Creek and Lewisville Independent School Districts. In addition to serving as a clinician and adjudicator for bands of all levels, Mr. Richardson has had the privilege of conducting several junior high and high school All-Region and All-City Honor Bands in Texas and Indiana.

Mr. Richardson has presented sessions and guest conducted at both the Midwest Clinic and Texas Music Educators Association Convention in addition to being published in the Texas Music Educators Association’s Southwestern Musician. He was recently awarded a Student Travel Grant by the Jacobs School of Music for an upcoming presentation at the 2013 Midwest Clinic. An advocate for American music, Mr. Richardson is completing a wind band transcription of Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre for his doctoral project and treatise. In addition, he is collaborating with composer Gabriel Lubell as conductor for the debut recording of Lubell's Jim, Jimi, and James (2012) on the March 2014 album Studies in Light and Sound: An Album of New Chamber Music.

Some of his professional memberships include Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (Honorary), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Honorary), Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, and the College Music Society. He is a proud native of Houston, TX.

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Trae Blanco is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Professor Stephen W. Pratt. Mr. Blanco was Director of Bands at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico from 2008-2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico Sate University. As a director, Mr. Blanco continues to seek out learning both as an educator, conductor and church musician.

While at Las Cruces High School, Mr. Blanco's program became well-recognized throughout the state as well as the southwest. Under his direction, both concert bands, The SHOWCASE Marching band, two jazz bands, Avant Guard Winterguard and the Las Cruces Percussion Group received superior ratings at New Mexico festivals as well as two gold ratings at Heritage Festivals in San Diego, CA and Anaheim, CA. The Jazz Band One was selected in 2010 to be the New Mexico All State Honor Jazz Band and the Symphonic Winds were selected in 2011 to be the Honor Concert Band by the New Mexico Music Educators Association.

Mr. Blanco has worked with New Mexico educators in promoting the performance of contemporary music for the wind ensemble. In February 2012 he was the sound engineer for NMSU Symphonic Winds performance of Steven Bryant's Ecstactic Waters. Blanco has worked on classroom technology projects with composers via Skype such as Jonathan Newman. In January of 2011 he worked with composer/guitarist James (Jim) Bonney on Chaos Theory for Wind Ensemble and electric guitar culminating in a live, recorded performance at the University of New Mexico's Popejoy Auditorium with the composer playing solo guitar.

Blanco was the recipient of the 2010 New Mexico Music Educators New and Emerging Teacher Award and is a member of the New Mexico Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He studied conducting with New Mexico State University professors as well as local professional conductors, and appeared with the New Mexico State University Symphonic Winds twice during the 2012 concert season. 

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Paul De Cinque is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Paul completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours and Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Western Australia in 2003 and 2006 respectively. He has worked for the Instrumental Music School Services sector of the Department of Education in Western Australia from 2004 as an instrumental teacher, ensemble director and administrator at a number of public schools in the Perth area. He has directed wind ensembles at Churchlands Senior High School, John Curtin College of the Arts and Perth Modern School, three of the specialist music programs in Western Australia.

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Christopher R. Dortwegt is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also is the director of the IU Crabb Band.

From 2007-2012, Dortwegt served as Assistant Director of Bands at Plainfield South High School in the suburbs of Chicago. While at Plainfield South he served as a member of the school improvement team, taught Advanced Placement Music Theory, conducted the pit orchestra, and co-directed the concert and marching bands. In his tenure, he was instrumental in expanding the band program from 2 to 3 concert bands, implementing a comprehensive 4-year curriculum in performance music classes, adding AP Music Theory to the curriculum, and starting a percussion course.

Dortwegt received his BME degree from Indiana University where he studied flute with Professor Thomas Robertello. In 2007, he was selected as one of five Indiana University Education students to receive the Outstanding Future Educator Award given by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

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