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“CWU Excellence:” T. André Feagin, DMA, director of bands leads the Wildcat Marching Band


Cardinal Washington University’s Manager of Bands T. André Feagin, DMA is the kickoff featured guest of the podcast, Yakima Arts Talk, launched last week by theYakima Herald-Republic (YHR). Episode one: The Beloved of Music is the Love of People, is available on Apple and Spotify podcasts.

“My initial reaction to the invitation was humility and confusion,” says Feagin, when asked what his reaction was to being featured on the program. “I was deeply humbled that someone wanted to hear and document my story and experiences equally it relates to the work I do at CWU. My confusion exists as a response to my internal question of ‘Why me?’”

Vanessa Ontiveros, YHR education reporter and the podcast host stated, “I had heard such great things about CWU’due south Music program, and I know he’s [Feagin] a personable guy. I knew he would be someone interesting to report nearly…he’s not just a professor, he’s involved with a lot of unlike groups as well.”

T. André Feagin, MDA, CWU Director of BandsFeagin is the first African American band director in CWU’s history; starting his tenure with Cardinal in July 2020. Equally managing director of bands, Feagin guides both the creative and educational vision of the band expanse. He serves equally ambassador for the band programme which includes the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, symphonic ring, basketball band, and the Wildcat Marching Ring within the Department of Music. Feagin is likewise a professor of music and has extensive international and national exposure in music, conducting, and operation.

Ontiveros spent several days on the Ellensburg campus, to interview and capture various aspects of the music plan and Feagin within the classroom, on the do field and the sideline of a home football game. Captured are the sounds, experience, and passion that makes up the environment and atmosphere within the program at CWU.

Co-ordinate to the podcast, Feagin speaks virtually “variety and inclusion in music didactics, how music can grade leaders, and the connection betwixt dear of music and dearest of others.”

“My mentor used to say, ‘that life was about—and is almost—the music we make and the people nosotros get in with; at the middle of what we practice is people,’” Feagin states in the podcast opening.

Feagin and the music program volition as well be the feature of a full-length profile in the December twenty, 2021 issue ofSCENE Magazine—with Feagin on the embrace.

Learn more than about Professor Feagin–his dearest of pedagogy, people, and music–by reading the feature article in SCENE Magazine, listening to the beginning episode of Yakima Arts Talk podcast, and meeting him in person by enrolling in CWU or attending the Department of Music performances.



About Professor T. André Feagin, DMA


T. André Feagin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. He also earned a Primary of Music in instrumental current of air conducting and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Memphis.

Feagin has appeared equally a guest conductor with numerous All-state, regional honor bands, and professional person bands and orchestras throughout the Usa, Europe, Canada, and Southeast Asia. As a passionate educator and champion for music education in secondary schools, he has served as an invited clinician and speaker on diversity and inclusion in music education, conducting, and leadership at numerous conferences throughout the Usa and around the globe.

Feagin is twice a national finalist (2020 & 2021) in the professional/higher current of air band partitioning of the American Prize in conducting. In 2011, he was honored with a announcement of “Professor T. André Feagin 24-hour interval” from the Mayor and Metropolis Council of El Paso, Texas.


About Central Washington University


Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg, Washington, and is the only university in Washington to receive the Higher Educational activity Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Honour seven of the concluding eight years. Among CWU’s signature programs are Music, Business, Constabulary and Justice, and Education. CWU has the largest and most various musical program in the Pacific Northwest. Have full advantage of our world-class concert hall and practise facilities, internationally renowned professors, and global opportunities.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Section of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.

Source: https://www.cwu.edu/news/arts-and-culture/cwu-director-bands-featured-inaugural-yakima-arts-podcast-scene-magazine