George Boulden

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George R. Boulden is Professor and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, and conductor of the Symphony Band. He taught for nine years in schools in South Carolina and Florida, and was the recipient of the ASBDA-Stanbury Award as the outstanding young band director in Florida and the Southeastern region of the United States. George was selected as the 2011 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) College/University Teacher of the Year. Boulden received the 2014 Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and has twice been named A Teacher Who Made A Difference by the UK College of Education. George serves as a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Music Education Support Network and as president-elect of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

The UK Symphony Band was featured at KMEA Professional Development Conferences and performed at the 2005 Florida Music Educators Association/MENC Southern Division Conference. Under George’s direction, the Wildcat Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band performed at the Outback Bowl, Music City Bowl games, a Bands of America Regional Championship, and NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship games. Active as an adjudicator for Music For All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Drum Corps Japan, George has served as a clinician and conductor throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has presented at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference National Convention, National Band Association National Conventions, College Band Directors National Association National Conventions, Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposia, Drum Corps Japan, and NAfME State Music Education Association Conferences.

Boulden has contributed to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, The Instrumentalist, Bluegrass Music News, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music. George performed on The Lexington Brass Band's CD, Good Company, The Lexington Brass Band, LIVE 1992-1996. Under his direction, the UK Basketball Pep Band released two recordings. George serves as editor of the Bluegrass Music News.

Professional affiliations include KMEA, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and the College Band Directors National Association. Boulden received honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma.

Boulden holds a BME (University of Kentucky) and an MME (University of South Carolina). George served as a doctoral teaching assistant with the University Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and completed coursework for the doctorate in music education (ABD). 

Created 07/08/2021
Last Updated 08/31/2021