Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. Heath comes to Wake Forest from Samford University, where he was the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education. He also served as Assistant Director of the Wind Ensemble and was a member of the conducting faculty during his tenure at Samford. Prior to teaching at Samford University, Dr. Heath was a graduate teaching assistant with The University of Alabama Bands. At the University of Alabama, Dr. Heath conducted the pep bands for all major sports, The University of Alabama Concert Band, and served as a staff member with The Million Dollar Band where he also arranged for the Million Dollar Band’s Front Ensemble. Dr. Heath received the Outstanding Instrumental Music Education Graduate Student awarded for the 2016-2017 academic school year.
Dr. Heath served as the front ensemble coordinator for the Music City Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2014 season and has held staff positions with Methodist University’s “Pride of the Carolina’s” in Fayetteville, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s “Spirit of the Carolina’s” in Pembroke, North Carolina. Dr. Heath’s previous collegiate teaching experience includes instructor of music at The University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina where he directed the pep band and instructed music education courses.
Dr. Heath is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band and is a regular conductor for the Cookeville (Tennessee) Community Band’s Summer Concert Series. As a music educator, Dr. Heath has presented sessions and research at both the state and national level and is published in Percussive Notes and The Instrumentalist. Dr. Heath holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Doctorate from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Heath is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, College Music Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee, and is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Heath is an educational clinician for Jupiter Musical Instruments.