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DuWayne Dale, DMA

duwaynedale250x200.jpgDirector of Bands / Assistant Professor of Music
Area(s): Music Education, Conducting, Instrumental Music, MSU Bands



  • DMA, Boston University
  • Kentucky Rank I Certification, University of Kentucky
  • MM, Morehead State University
  • BME, Morehead State University


“As an alumnus of Morehead State, I know full well the value of the education I received at MSU. Students can expect a world-class music education provided by exceptional faculty, all in a ‘small school’ atmosphere where students receive the individual attention they need to thrive. I owe everything I’ve achieved to the start I was given at Morehead State.”

Dr. DuWayne Dale joined the faculty of Morehead State in 2017 after 18 years of teaching high school band and orchestra in public schools in Ohio and Kentucky. He has also served as adjunct music education and private applied faculty at Kentucky Wesleyan College and as a regional arts specialist for the Kentucky Department of Education. Programs under his leadership have had a consistent reputation for performance excellence in both the concert setting and in the marching arts. Dale remains an active instrumentalist, having performed on trombone frequently with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, the Kim Kelly Big Band, The Owensboro Symphony Second Street Big Band, the Bend in the River Brass Band (River Brass), the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra and numerous other ensembles over the span of his teaching career.

Dale proudly holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree, both from Morehead State University. He completed his Rank I in music education and conducting at the University of Kentucky and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME/KMEA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Band Association (NBA), the MayDay Group and has been honored by membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity as well as with honorary membership in Phi Mu Alpha. His conducting teachers were Dr. Richard Miles and Dr. Cody Birdwell and he studied trombone with Dr. Andrew Glendening. He has contributed to GIA Publications’ Teaching Music Though Performance in Band series and has been interviewed on the topic of helping young music teachers overcoming early career hurdles.  He was named the KMEA second district High School Music Educator of the Year in 2012 and the KMEA eighth district College/University Music Educator of the Year in 2018. He has also been honored with a citation of excellence from the National Band Association. Dale is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician and maintains an active schedule working with high school and middle school bands, conducting regional honor bands and adjudicating music festivals and competitions.


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114 Baird Music Hall
Phone: 606-783-2485