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Prof. Barry L. Houser

Associate Director of Bands| Director of the Marching Illini | Director of Athletic Bands


Professor Barry L. Houser is the director of the Marching Illini and Athletic Bands, associate director of bands and clinical assistant professor in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His duties include directing the 350-member Marching Illini-The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band, the Illini Basketball Bands, the Illini Volleyball Bands, and teaching courses in marching band procedures. 

Prof. Houser’s teaching experience encompasses both extensive public school and university experiences. Prior to his current position at Illinois, his bands have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the NBC Today Show, the ISSMA State Marching Finals, and the IMEA State Convention. Other performances include the Indianapolis 500 Parade, the Target Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Outback Bowl Parade and Half-Time Show, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Washington DC National Memorial Parade, Chicago Bears Game, and performances with Maynard Ferguson and the Dallas Brass.

Prof. Houser serves as president and director of the Smith-Walbridge Clinics, and as one of the directors of the Macy's Great American Marching Band. He is also on the board of directors of the National Band Association.

Prof. Houser received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Florida, and a master of music in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Illinois, where he was a student of James Keene.


Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada. She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. Peterson’s two books, The Music Teacher's First Year: Tales of Challenge, Joy, and Triumph,” and "The Music Teacher's Later Years: Reflection with Wisdom," are both published by Meredith Music.

Dr. Peterson received a bachelor of music education and bachelor of literature, science and arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla. She received a master of music in music education and trumpet performance from Northwestern University, where she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, and performed in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter. She earned a doctor of musical arts in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory. 

Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois. Dr. Peterson holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, The National Association for Music Education, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Peterson is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.