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Wilson Wise, DMA

photo: Wilson WiseAssociate Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance (School of Creative Arts)


  • DMA in Instrumental Conducting, University of Oklahoma
  • MM in Saxophone Performance, University of Oklahoma
  • BM in Music Education, Mississippi College


Wilson Wise, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi serves as the Director of Bands at Morehead State University. In this capacity, he manages all aspects of the university band program, conducts concert ensembles, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Wise served as both Commander and Flight Commander of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. In this position, he led a team of 60 musicians in concerts and public relations events across a 10-state area of responsibility in the Southern and Midwest US. Previously, he was the Director of Bands at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where he conducted the symphonic and athletic bands and instructed studio woodwinds, music theory and music education courses. Wise held graduate teaching positions at the University of Oklahoma working with the university bands and saxophone studio. He also taught high school band in Mississippi for five years with the last three years as director of bands with the Poplarville School District.

He earned a DMA in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Oklahoma as a conducting student of Dr. William Wakefield. Wise holds a MM in saxophone performance from the same institution where he studied with Dr. Gail Hall and a Bachelor's Degree in music education from Mississippi College as a conducting and saxophone student of Dr. Craig Young.

Wise currently serves in the Air Force Reserves as a public affairs officer in the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.


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