Dr. M. Scott McBride, Dean, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences / Professor of Music
"Graduates of MSU are the benefactors of in-depth educational experiences, including study abroad programs and extensive opportunities to engage with faculty in scholarly research, creative productions and service projects....In all, our programs are aimed at helping students to succeed in the diverse global world in which we live."
M. Scott McBride was appointed Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Morehead State University in 2010 after serving as Interim Dean since 2008 and Chair of the Department of Music from 2003-2008. Prior to his appointments at MSU he served as Chair and Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia (1994-2003), Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University (1991-1994), and Associate Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at California State University, Fresno (1984-1991). Before pursuing a university teaching career, he taught instrumental music—elementary through high school—in the public schools of Ohio.
A native of Ohio, McBride attended Kent State University, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (1976) and the Master of Music degree in Performance (1978). In 1990 he completed the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. His principal trombone teachers were James Hummer, Vern Kagarice, Irvin Wagner, and Paul Wallace. He studied conducting with John Boyd, Vance George, John Paynter, W. Francis McBeth, H. Robert Reynolds, Leopold Sipe, and Gene Thrailkill.
As a trombonist, he has performed with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra (OH), the Cobb Symphony Orchestra (GA), and with an extensive list of occasional and church ensembles. More recently he has performed with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra (KJRO). As an orchestrator he has received critical acclaim for the color and textural variety of his works. His most significant work to date is Philip Wilby's Paganini Variations, a work originally commissioned by the BBC and published by Novello & Co., Ltd. In addition to these interests, he is an active conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant throughout the United States and Canada. He is published in variety of professional journals and has made numerous appearances as a performer, clinician, and presenter at state, regional, and national meetings of the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the College Music Society. His guest conducting activities include engagements with several all-state and all-district bands in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and New York. His professional conducting appearances include engagements with the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra (AL) and the West Georgia Winds. Since 1987, he’s been on the production of entertainment staff for several collegiate bowl games including the Alamo, All-American, Gator, Holiday, Liberty, Orange, and Sugar Bowls, and in 1999 he directed the half-time entertainment for the NCAA Kick-Off Classic in New York’s Giants Stadium. In all, his professional work has taken him to 30 states, the District of Columbia, three Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom.
He is a member of a number of professional societies and organizations, including the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is a life and honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and Chair of NASM Region 8 (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee).