Adam Dalton

Dr. Adam F. Dalton
Director of Athletic Bands
Director of Recruiting

Dr. Adam Dalton is currently the Director of Athletic Bands for Marshall University where he oversees the Marching Thunder and basketball pep bands.  He also conducts the Marshall Symphonic Band and serves as the recruitment director for the music department.

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. Jesse Stevens

Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Jesse Stevens is joining Marshall University this year as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Band Director. Mr. Stevens received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and his Master of Arts in Music Education degrees at Jacksonville State University.
While at Jacksonville State University, Mr. Stevens was a member of the Marching Southerners, JSU Percussion Ensemble, JSU Chamber Winds, JSU Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. During his graduate degree, Mr. Stevens was the University Bands Graduate Assistant for two years working alongside Dr. Kenneth G Bodiford and the rest of the band staff. He coordinated Bands of America JSU Regional, Contest of Champions, and the JSU Honor Band. Additionally, Mr. Stevens is still currently the social media manager and video editor for the JSU Marching Southerners and Gadsden Music Company in Gadsden, AL.
Mr. Stevens is a percussionist and an avid marching band arranger for several ensembles in the southeast. He has written for groups such as Sonoraville High School in Calhoun, GA, Luella High School in Luella, GA, Prattville High School in Prattville, AL and several more!
Jesse was a member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2012. (DCI World Championship Finalist 2011 & 2012). He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Kappa Kappa Psi – National Honorary Band Fraternity.