Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. His duties include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Previously, Dr. Towner was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where his responsibilities included conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, as well as teaching brass pedagogy, trumpet and conducting. He also directed the Morningside athletic bands (The Morningside Outdoor Band and Fever Pep Band). While living in Sioux City, he led the All-America Concert Band for three years. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, having studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Towner also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Towner’s scholarly pursuits are in the area of wind-band literature and rehearsal performance practice. Recent contributions in this area include an update to the 1978 Acton Ostling, Jr. wind-band literature study; contributions to two volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; and presentations at the Georgia Music Educators Conference, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) divisional and national conferences, and the 2015 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference.
Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor, clinician, and drill writer. He is a member of CBDNA, WASBE, GMEA, The Association of Concert Bands, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Dr. Towner is also the Music Director for the Atlanta Wind Symphony, a semi professional/community band in Atlanta Georgia. He resides in the Milledgeville with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
Academic Department: Department of Music
College: College of Arts and Sciences