BATON ROUGE – Roy M. King, director of athletic bands at LSU and a faculty member in the LSU School of Music, was recently named Band Director of the Year by the Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Beta Mu international bandmasters fraternity.
The distinction was announced during the Louisiana Music Educators Conference, held Nov. 21-25 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. The award presentation was made during the All-State band performances, also held at the Crown Plaza Executive Center during the conference.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this honor,” King said. “Phi Beta Mu plays a significant role in the success of music education throughout the great state of Louisiana.”
In his role as director of athletic bands, King leads the award-winning LSU Tiger Marching Band. He serves as the primary instructor, show coordinator and drill designer, overseeing all aspects of the program. He also serves as conductor and director of the LSU Symphonic Band and the Bengal Brass Basketball Band. Within the LSU School of Music, King teaches marching band techniques and undergraduate conducting. He also serves as the faculty advisor for Kappa Kappa Psi, national band fraternity.
King received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Conducting degrees from LSU. Before coming to LSU, King served as a high school band director in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida. He has been a staff member and has consulted for various drum and bugle corps including the Phantom Regiment from Rockford-Loves Park, Ill. King has judged for Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International.
Outside of his work at LSU, King maintains an active schedule having appeared as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the U.S. In addition, he has contributed numerous articles for organizations such as National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and Women’s Band Directors International and has served as a research associate for the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series by GIA Publications. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and Phi Beta Mu. King also holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha fraternities.
Phi Beta Mu is a non-political, non-profit fraternity organized to promote fellowship among its members, encourage the building of better bands and the development of better musicians throughout the world, foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature and encourage widespread interest in band performance. The organization’s Epsilon chapter covers the state of Louisiana. For more information on Phi Beta Mu, visit www.phibetamu.org.
To learn more about King and LSU’s Department of Bands, visit http://bands.lsu.edu.