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Ian Polster

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Ian Polster


Ian Polster (born 1938) earned B.S., B.Mus., and M.Mus. degrees at The Ohio State University. He was director of Instrumental Music for the Xenia City Schools, 1961-66; Associate Director of Bands at The Ohio State University, 1966-67; and Director of Instrumental Music and Chairman of Music Theory at Central State University, 1967-70. Joining the faculty at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 1970, Mr. Polster taught introduction to music, fundamentals of music, music composition, music education 20th-century American music, elementary music theory, studio trombone, and jazz styles until his retirement in 2004.

In demand as a composer, arranger, and performer around the world, Polster is a former member of numerous jazz orchestras, most that of notable Stan Kenton. As a guest of the Tchaikovsky National Conservatory of Music, in 1999 and 2001, he prepared and conducted the first performances of West Side Story in Kiev, Ukraine. He presently serves as Assistant Director of the Ohio State University Marching band Alumni Band.

- Program note by Kathy Boster

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