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Larry Blocher

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Larry Blocher


Larry Blocher (b. 24 February 1953) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Blocher received his BME and MM in music education and performance from Morehead State University in Kentucky and his Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University. His teaching/administrative background includes serving as associate director of the school of music, associate director of bands, and director of music education at Wichita State University; assistant director of bands and coordinator of music education at Morehead State University; chairman of music education at Syracuse University; assistant director of bands at the University of Dayton; and public school teaching as a band director in Kentucky and Florida.

Dr. Blocher is a past president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, a member of the National Band Association School Reform and Research Committees, and a past member of the editorial committee for the Music Educator's Journal. In 2005 he received both the Outstanding Bandmaster and the Outstanding Contributor to Bands Awards from the Kansas Bandmaster Association. He is a past recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award (2004, Wichita State) and the University Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching Award (2002, Wichita State). Most recently, he was the recipient of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Commissioning Grant (2009), was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by The National Association for Music Education (2009), served as an invited clinician for the Instrumental Academy during music education week (NAfME) in Washington D. C. (2010), and presented a clinic session at the 2011 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

He has been a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator in 30 states and 9 countries. He is a co-principal author of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series (GIA).

Dr. Blocher is professor of music and director of the School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he serves as an associate conductor with the university bands and teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses.

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