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Dr Cliff Towner
Dr. Clifford Towner
Assistant Professor of Music (2011)

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 also 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 conducting performance practice. Recent contributions in this area include an update to the 1978 Acton Ostling, Jr. wind-band literature study; contribution to the eighth volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; as well as co-presenting sessions on conducting performance practice at the 2011 CBDNA National Convention in Seattle, Washington and the 2010 CBDNA North Central Division Conference in Normal, Illinois.

Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor, clinician and drill writer. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), The Association of Concert Bands (ACB) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Cliff resides in the Milledgeville area with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
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