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.

Mr. Chris Schletter

Director of Athletic Bands

Chris Schletter is an educator, conductor and clinician who has conducted and performed internationally with the cast of "Blast!" and the American Chamber Winds. He has been a music educator for 17 years teaching high school in South Florida and at the collegiate level while in graduate school. 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 in the South Florida area.

Prior to his appointment at Marshall University, Schletter was the interim director of Bands at Marietta College in Ohio. While there, he refined the music education course curriculum, worked to raise the level of music performance in the wind bands, and assisted with recruiting activities, resulting in approximately an 80% increase in music major degree-seeking students.

He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting studying with Dr. David Waybright and Dr. William Bauer at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to his time at UF, Christopher received a Master in Music for Instrumental Conducting under the teachings and guidance of Dr. Kyle Prescott from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Schletter 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 United States and Europe. He left the cast to pursue his career in music education. Christopher is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and College Band Directors National Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, West Virginia Music Education Association, and the National Band Association. He is also an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.