Brandon Houghtalen

Dr. Brandon Houghtalen
Associate Director of Bands
Music Education
Instrumental, Horn

WPAC 130

Brandon Houghtalen is the Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University. His responsibilities include directing the Big Purple Marching Band, conducting the Concert Band, supervising the instrumental music education program and studio horn. Additionally, he is the hornist of the Key City Winds woodwind quintet. He previously held conducting positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of New Mexico, and in the public schools of Fayette County, Georgia.

In June 2015 Dr. Houghtalen was a featured clinician of the First National Band Camp of Guatemala, where he taught conducting, wind instrument pedagogy, and co-directed the first national marching band of Guatemalan students. Also in 2015, Dr. Houghtalen joined the conducting faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, an intensive summer program for talented high school students. He frequently presents at state, national, and international conferences on the topics of conducting, instrumental pedagogy, and music technology. Together with Emmett O'Leary, Dr. Houghtalen is Editor and Host of Music Ed Resource (MER), a website and podcast that explores topics relevant to pre-service and in-service music teachers. MER is available through the iTunes Store and at

Dr. Houghtalen frequently collaborates with emerging and established composers. He has premiered and/or commissioned works by Paul Hembree, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, Greg Simon, Steven Snowden, and Joseph Turrin. The ACU Bands will host David Maslanka for a residency in April 2016. An active arranger, his editions of the music of James Reese Europe and the 369th Infantry Regiment Band were premiered at Arizona State University in January 2012 and performed by the ACU Wind Ensemble on tour in 2015.

Dr. Houghtalen holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Tennessee, University of Colorado, and Arizona State University. His primary conducting teachers include Gary W. Hill and Allan R. McMurray. He is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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