John Locke


Music - Director of Bands, Wind Ensemble

342 Music Building



Since 1982, Dr. John R. Locke has served on the UNCG School of Music Faculty as Director of Bands, Director of Summer Music Camps, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and conducting teacher. He holds the BM and MM degrees from West Virginia University and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to his arrival in North Carolina, Dr. Locke held teaching positions at West Virginia University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Illinois. He has conducted bands throughout the country including National Conventions of the MENC, CBDNA, ABA, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York City. Under Locke's direction, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 16 commercially available compact disc recordings which have received widespread acclaim. Dr. Locke is Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and of the Southern Division of College Band Directors National Association. In 2002, Dr. Locke was nominated for the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest award in the 16-campus UNC System. He also received the "Outstanding Music Teacher Award" in the UNCG School of Music in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Locke was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association and also received the Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. In 2007, he received The Old North State Award from NC Governor Mike Easley for "dedication and service beyond expectation and excellence." In 2009, Locke became Editor of the Journal of Band Research. At UNCG, Dr. Locke is the founder and director of the Summer Music Camp program, now the largest university music camp in America, enrolling over 1,700 students annually and served by a staff of 150 professionals. He is also the founder of the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference at UNCG.