Biography

James McAllister is an experienced music educator, composer, and performer.

As a performer on saxophone, Dr. McAllister has worked in the Philadelphia/ Wilmington, DE Region appearing with both locally and nationally known performers such as the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Benny Goodman Tribute Band, and Randy Brecker. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by many professional and school groups, including the Satanta High School Concert Band, Ardensingers Orchestra, Joe Dawson Big Band, Garden City Municipal Band, and are published exclusively by Imagine Music Publishing. Dr. McAllister has been on the faculty  at Garden City Community College, Lincoln Memorial University, Kansas Wesleyan University, the University of Delaware, and has taught music in the private and public schools of Maryland and Delaware.

Dr. McAllister’s research interests include musical creativity in large instrumental ensembles and the literature and performance challenges of the small college wind band. He has presented his research findings at national meetings of both the National Association for Music Education and the Society of Music Teacher Educators.

Dr. McAllister holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Delaware, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the University of Kansas. His professional affiliations include NAfME, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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