Directors

Dr. Adam F. Dalton

Director of Bands
Director of Recruiting
daltona@marshall.edu

Dr. Adam Dalton is currently the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Marshall University where he oversees all aspects of a comprehensive band program including concert bands, the Marching Thunder and basketball pep bands. He also conducts the Marshall Wind Symphony, teaches courses in music education and conducting, and serves as the recruitment director for the music department. Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands, Dr. Dalton served as Director of Athletic Bands at Marshall for five years.

Dr. Dalton is a native of Virginia where he attended James Madison University and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he taught high school at Milton High School, a large 5A program in Georgia. His ensembles received superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluations and the marching band was selected as a finalist at Bands of America regional competitions. He then accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at The University of Alabama where he received his Master of Arts in Music Education and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting.

Dr. Dalton performed with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years earning two world championships and a gold medal in individual and ensemble. He also marched in various independent winter guards in the southeast, consistently making finals at Winter Guard International. His designing and teaching experience includes the 2008 World Champion Phantom Regiment, The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and currently serves as a caption head for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is featured on the WGI video, Toss and served as a clinician and performer for the first everSpinfest Clinic, an annual educational event sponsored by WGI. Dr. Dalton maintains a busy schedule as a designer, consultant, and adjudicator for marching bands and indoor groups both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dalton worked with every ensemble while at The University of Alabama and was a featured conductor for the 2013 All-State Festival performance with The Alabama Wind Ensemble. As a percussionist, Dr. Dalton performed with the Alabama Wind Ensemble for four years including their 10 day tour of Italy in 2012 and the premier of David Maslanka’s 9th Symphony. He is a founding member of the Alabama Winds, a community band based in Birmingham, AL. He has also participated in the Alabama Wind Ensemble recording project The Glass Bead, available on Albany Records.

Dr. Dalton’s professional affiliations include the Collegiate Band Director’s National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Collegiate Music Society, and the National Band Association. He is also an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha.

Christopher J. Schletter, PhD

Director of Athletic Bands
schletter@marshall.edu

Christopher Schletter is an educator, conductor, and clinician who has conducted and performed internationally, most notably with the original Broadway Cast of Blast! and the American Chamber Winds. He has been a music educator for 18 years teaching at the high school and collegiate levels. He’s been an active adjudicator and clinician throughout his career and has also provided high school band programs with student leadership training. In addition, he has arranged music for high school and collegiate marching bands.

Prior to his appointment at Marshall University, Christopher was the interim Director of Bands at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. During his time there, he refined music education course curriculum, raised the level of music performance in the wind bands, and assisted with recruiting activities resulting in more approximately an 60% increase in music major degree seeking students.

Christopher received his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville. With an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting, he studied with Dr. David Waybright while practicing research in Music Performance Anxiety with Dr. William Bauer. Christopher received his Master in Music degree for Instrumental Conducting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida under the teachings and guidance of Dr. Kyle Prescott.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, after which he performed with the Broadway show Blast! for two years. He traveled and performed with the company in various cities throughout the U.S. and Europe including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, on Broadway in New York, Disney Land in California, as well as London and Zurich. Eventually, Christopher left the cast to pursue his career in music education and was appointed his first position as Director of Bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School. After growing as a director for 3 years Christopher made his move to Cooper City High School where the band program elevated to levels of excellence not yet experienced at Cooper City. During his time at CCHS, the band receiving many awards and recognitions including Florida State Marching Band Class 4A Champions, multiple year recipient of the FBA Otto J. Kraushaur award, and performed at the Band of America/Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

Christopher is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, West Virginia Music Education Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and the National Band Association. He is also an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Upcoming Wind Band Performances

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.

April 15th – The Wind Symphony presents their final performance of the season, “Concert of Soloists.” Thank you all for attending.
You can watch the concert again here.

Thursday, April 22nd – Symphonic Band presents their final performance of the season, “Air, Land, and Sea.”

You can watch the concert again here.

News

Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2021 Performance Schedule
This schedule is subject to change over the course of the summer
at MU unless otherwise noted)

August

11 Leadership Day Camp
12 Band Camp Begins
20 Freshman March (Drum Line Only)
21 Friends and Family Performance

September
11 vs N.C. Central
28 Kanawha Gazette-Mail Band & Majorette Festival Exhibition
18 vs East Carolina

October
9 vs Old Dominion
16 Tri-State Marching Championships
24 vs FIU (Possible Homecoming)

November
13 vs UAB
27 vs Western Kentucky

December
4 C-USA Championship (TBA)
Post-season Bowl Game (location/Date TBA)