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Stephen Lytle

Associate Director of Bands

Stephen Lytle is the Associate Director of Bands at West Virginia University where he leads the “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band, oversees all aspects of the Athletic Bands program, and serves as Conductor of the Symphonic Band. From 2009-2018 he held a similar position at Miami University in Oxford, OH where he also served as the Associate Conductor of the Fillmore Wind Band, Cincinnati’s official professional wind band, and as Music Director of its affiliate ensemble, the Fillmore Philharmonic Brass.


Dr. Lytle is an active music arranger with nearly 300 titles in multiple media to date and his arrangements for marching band are played by high schools and universities across the country. His research interests include the repertoire and performance practices of brass bands from 19th century America and the collaborative work between composer Elmer Bernstein and the designers and filmmakers, Charles and Ray Eames. He has presented at the national conference for the College Band Directors National Association and he is a contributing research associate in the eleventh volume in the noted series, Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Under his direction, the Miami Band performed with jazz legend, Benny Golson, the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the 2017 BOA Grand Nationals event in Indianapolis. Along with colleague Dr. Jim Daughters, Dr. Lytle’s work with the Fillmore Wind Program included performances at both the Ohio and Kentucky Music Educators Association conventions, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the North American Brass Band Association Championships, in concert with the University of Illinois Bands, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Dr. Lytle’s professional associations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and NAfME: The National Association for Music Education. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha (Alpha Rho) and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Lytle holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.