Dr. William Woodworth
Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. William Woodworth is the Director of Athletic Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Emporia State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in Wind Conducting in 2009 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also earned a Masters of Music degree in 2005 from UNLV, and graduated with his Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from the University of Wyoming in 2001. Over the course of his education, Dr. Woodworth has studied conducting with Takayoshi "Tad" Suzuki, Tom Leslie, Dr. Robert Belser, and Dr. Michael Griffith. He also studied low brass performance with Jim Gray.
Prior to ESU, Dr. Woodworth had been the Director of Bands at Las Vegas High School in Las Vegas, Nevada from 2010 to 2015, and the Director of Bands at Durango High School, also in Las Vegas, from 2005 to 2010. During those 10 years of teaching high school band in the Clark County School District he had achieved success and growth with his band programs. He is also a drill writer, music arranger, and has adjudicated for several groups and events across the United States.
Dr. Woodworth worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UNLV Bands from 2003 to 2005 with focus on the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band, and the Runnin' Rebel Pep Band. He also served as the drill writer for the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band from 2003 to 2008. Prior to his work as a graduate assistant, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Washington High School, in Sioux Falls, SD and started his teaching career in 2001 as an Elementary Music Education teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.
In addition to his education and teaching experience, Dr. Woodworth is an accomplished performer on both Tuba and the Electric Bass. He also marched Contra Bass (Tuba) with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1995.
Website Address: http://www.woodworth4.com
Percussion Instructor and Battery Percussion Arranger
The Percussion Instructor is the caption head for all percussion. Duties and responsibilities include arranging, instructing, recruiting, auditioning, equipment maintenance, equipment storage and inventory, and facilitating all rehearsals and performances.
Color Guard Instructor and Choreographer
Jennifer comes to Emporia all the way from the lights and shimmer of fabulous Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation with a minor in music. While studying at UNLV, Jennifer was a member of the Star of Nevada Marching Band and was a member of the UNLV Pep Band.
Jennifer worked alongside Dr. Woodworth as a co-instructor, and as head colorguard instructor for 5 years at Durango High School and head instructor for 3 years at Las Vegas High School. During her time as a head instructor, she wrote all the choreography for the guard during marching seasons, and created the overall concept and choreography for winterguard shows.
Also during her time in Las Vegas, Jennifer studied and performed Middle Eastern Dance for 10 years. During that time she studied under the direction of Ashtalea in the dance troupe “Ah Ya Helu” and also performed in the independent troupe “Stardust”. Performance venues included local and regional events, conferences, and a small stint at the Tropicana.
Joshua Finch, Bailey Stines
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Band Program at Emporia State University The Band GTA positions change yearly. GTA's work with all aspects of the Marching Band, Basketball Band, And Wind Ensemble. Duties and responsibilities include general overall assistance, rehearsals, performances, music arranging, equipment inventory, and administrative assistance.
Abraham Ruffcorn, Grant Saylor-Perkins, R.J. Horvat
ESU Band Secretary
The ESU Band Secretary assists the band faculty with instrument checkout, and various other duties.