On Friday, May 31, FIU’s Associate Director of Bands Barry Bernhardt will be speaking at the 11th Annual 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Marching & Athletic Band Symposium to be hosted by the University of Oklahoma Bands. He will be joined by esteemed colleagues Barry Houser from University of Illinois, Jim Hudson from Arizona State University, and Isaiah Odajima from Baylor University for a “Marching Band Potpurri” panel discussion.
The CBDNA is an inclusive organization “committed to serving as a dynamic hub connecting individuals to communities, ideas, and resources.” Its members are devoted to teaching and performance with a focus on the wind band medium. As a member of this premier organization, Mr. Bernhardt has become a familiar presence through his many years of involvement.
At FIU, Professor Bernhardt directs the FIU Marching Band, the Courtside Players (Basketball Band), the Panther Gold (entertainment ensemble) and conducts the FIU Symphony Band. He continues to teach courses in conducting and music education, as well as mentoring FIU students.