George Boulden

George R. Boulden holds the rank of Professor of Music and is the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as the conductor of the Symphony Band. Additionally, he teaches conducting, music technology, and supervises student teachers. Previously, he taught for nine years in the public schools of 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. In 2011 George was selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) College/University Teacher of the Year. In February of 2014, Mr. Boulden received the Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the Psi Chapter (Kentucky) of Phi Beta Mu, the international bandmasters fraternity, and has twice been recognized as A Teacher Who Made A Difference by the UK College of Education. George also serves as a clinician and educational consultant for the Conn-Selmer Music Education Support Network. Currently, George serves as president-elect of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

The UK Symphony Band was a featured ensemble at the 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2017 KMEA Professional Development Conference in Louisville. Additionally, the Symphony Band performed at the 2005 Florida Music Educators Association/MENC Southern Division Conference in Tampa, Florida. Under George’s direction from 1995-2008, the Wildcat Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band served as musical ambassadors for the University of Kentucky through performances at the Outback Bowl, three Music City Bowl games, a Bands of America Regional Championship, and three 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 also served as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. He has presented lectures and clinics 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, numerous Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposia, Drum Corps Japan, and several NAfME State Music Education Association Conferences.

Mr. Boulden has been a contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, The Instrumentalist, Bluegrass Music News, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music, and is the recipient of several grants to study and enhance the teaching of conducting. George appeared as a performer with The Lexington Brass Band and on their CD, Good Company, The Lexington Brass Band, LIVE 1992-1996. Under his direction, the UK Basketball Pep Band released a CD entitled The Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Experience, and a second recording, The Best of the UK Pep Band. Additionally, George serves as editor of the Bluegrass Music News, the official journal of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA).

His professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, 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. In 2007 Mr. Boulden was granted honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma, the national band service sorority.

Mr. Boulden holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. While on a sabbatical during 2005-06, 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). 

George resides in Richmond with his wife, Shelly, and daughters, Jenna and Julianna, and sons, Bob and Jonah.

Associate Director of Bands


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