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Scott Tobias

Associate Professor, Director of Bands

Scott C. Tobias currently holds the position of Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia University where his responsibilities include conducting the WVU Wind Symphony, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, and providing administrative leadership for the WVU Bands program. Prior to his appointment at West Virginia University, Dr. Tobias served as Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida and as Associate Director of Bands at Appalachian State University.  He also previously served as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia and South Carolina.  Additionally, Dr. Tobias has worked with a number of community music organizations including the Youth Band of Orlando, the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Appalachian Youth Wind Ensemble.  


Bands under Dr. Tobias’ direction have performed nationally and internationally at events such as the New York Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall, the Western International Band Clinic, the Cabalgata de Reyes (Madrid, Spain), the London New Year’s Day Parade, and the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.  Dr. Tobias also remains active as a guest conductor and clinician conducting collegiate honor bands, all-state bands, and district honor bands throughout the United States.


Dr. Tobias is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence and has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  While at Appalachian State University, he was also recognized with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award.

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Tobias earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University, the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Tobias is the Immediate Past President of the National Band Association and presently serves as President of the Big 12 Band Directors Association.  Additional professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, College Band Directors National Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.