Dearl “Jay” Drury has recently been appointed as the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at West Virginia University . With this appointment, he becomes the eleventh director of the 340 member “Pride of West Virginia” – The Mountaineer Marching Band.
In addition to directing the marching band, Professor Drury’s responsibilities include directing the WVU Basketball Pep Band and serving as the assistant conductor of the WVU Wind Symphony and the WVU Concert Band. He teaches undergraduate conducting courses, advises music education students, coordinates ticketed events and concerts in the Division of Music, assists with student teacher observation, and assists with other music education courses.
Prior to this appointment, Professor Drury served for three years as the Assistant Director of the WVU Marching Band and Director of the WVU Basketball Pep Band. His duties included assisting in all aspects of the band program as well as with many aspects of the conducting and music education programs at WVU. Mr. Drury has also served as the Jazz Ensemble Director at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV .
Professor Drury earned both a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Masters Degree in Music Education (conducting emphasis) from West Virginia University , and he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance Conducting from WVU. During his graduate study, Mr. Drury worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for four years with the WVU Bands. Before returning to WVU in 1998, Professor Drury was a successful high school and elementary band director in both Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia , teaching at both Oak Glen and Brooke High Schools .
In addition to his university duties, Mr. Drury is active as an adjudicator, guest speaker, and guest conductor for both high school and middle school groups. He has participated in research presentations at the West Virginia and Pennsylvania State Music Educators’ Conferences, and he recently led a panel discussion at the National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium held at The Ohio State University. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the WVU Mountain Honorary.