Patrick Dunnigan is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Florida State University College of Music. A member of the FSU faculty since 1991, Dunnigan is the principal conductor and music director of the University Wind Orchestra. His other teaching duties include undergraduate conducting courses and instrumental music methods. As Director of Bands, he oversees all aspects of the FSU band program which includes five concert bands, a chamber music program, graduate teaching program, and athletic pep bands.
A nationally recognized guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Dunnigan has published numerous articles on conducting, instrumental music methodology, and research in leading journals including The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal, Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Band Research. His textbook, Marching Band Techniques, is published by The Instrumentalist Company and has become a leading college textbook of marching band methodology. His transcriptions and arrangements for concert band are performed regularly by major university, community, and professional wind bands, including the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has presented clinic sessions for the Midwest Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and many others.
Dunnigan received the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. He is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. He is also an honorary member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma, and received the Friend of the Arts award from Sigma Alpha Iota.
Dunnigan received the prestigious FSU Teaching Award in both 2003 and 2012. In 2006, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He served as National President of the College Band Directors National Association from 2015 to 2017.
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