Travis J. Cross

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Travis J. Cross


Travis J. Cross (b. 1977, South Korea) is an American composer and conductor.

Cross came to the United States, Ankeny, Iowa, as an infant.

He earned Doctor and Master of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and oversaw the marching band program.

Dr. Cross serves as associate professor of music and department chair in the Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band, and directs the graduate program in wind conducting. As wind ensemble conductor for five years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop.

In 2004, Cross participated in the inaugural Young Conductor/Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. The same year he received the Distinguished Young Band Director Award from the American School Band Directors Association of Minnesota. From 2001 to 2003, Cross served a two-year term as the recent graduate on the St. Olaf College Board of Regents. In 2006, he was named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow by the United States Department of Education. He currently serves as national vice president for professional relations for Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states, internationally, and at the Midwest Clinic and leads honor bands and other ensembles in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Canada, Korea, and Thailand during the 2014–15 season.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 302.
  • Leung, Erik Kar Jun. '"Face, Honor, and Family: The Crossroads of Asian Culture and a Career in Music." The Horizon Leans Forward…, edited by Erik Kar June Leung, GIA, 2020, 59-81.
  • Schnettler, John P. "Lullaby." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 241-246. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Theodore Music
  • Travis J. Cross, UCLA