Dr. Gabriel Arnold currently serves as the Director of Bands at Savannah State University. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in music education from Florida State University. Before obtaining his undergraduate degree at FSU, Dr. Arnold served four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he played tuba with the Marine Bands in Quantico, Virginia, and Okinawa, Japan. He achieved the rank of sergeant and held roles as a band leader and supply noncommissioned officer. During his undergraduate years at FSU, he participated in the Marching Chiefs and received accolades including Rookie of the Year, Tuba Section Leader, Head Drum Major, and the Manley Whitcomb Scholarship.
Dr. Arnold’s professional experience includes roles as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Hawaii and Nicholls State University. He also served as the Director of Bands at Pebblebrook High School and Osborne High School, as well as the assistant director of bands at Southwest Dekalb High School, all located in Georgia. Under his guidance, the bands consistently achieved superior ratings at concert and marching band festivals. He conducted band clinics in Hawaii, Louisiana, and honor ensembles in Georgia. He received outstanding teaching awards and presented at the Cobb County District-wide Music Teacher Conference. Furthermore, Dr. Arnold delivered presentations at the Chicago Midwest Clinic, Hawaii Music Educators Conference, California All-State Music Educators Conference, and College Band Directors Athletic Symposium. He authored articles for publications such as the Florida Music Director, Smart Music Blog, and Music for All Newsletter.
Dr. Arnold is an active member of various organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha fraternities, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the GMEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Additionally, he served on the CBDNA Programs of Excellence Subcommittee.
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