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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 20, 2013

John Bell named artist in residence, director of bands

John Bell

John Bell

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts has announced the appointment of John Bell, who currently serves as the conductor of the Northwest Wind Symphony, as artist in residence and director of bands.  

An accomplished public school band director, Bell retired from the Park Hill School District in 2008. He has since served as horn instructor and music education instructor at Missouri Western State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

In addition to serving as interim conductor of the Wind Symphony, Bell teaches advanced conducting at Northwest and shares conducting responsibilities for the Northwest Symphonic Band with Dr. Kendall Prinz.

Ensembles under Bell’s direction have received consistent superior ratings at regional and national music festivals and have been invited to perform at state, national and European conferences, including the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. A recipient of the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor, Bell also received recognition from students and parents on numerous occasions for inclusion in “Who’s Who in America” and from colleagues as the Park Hill School District’s Teacher of the Year. He is a recipient of the Central Missouri State University music department’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Band Director Award.

Active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest, Bell recently was named associate conductor of the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City, and since its inception nine seasons ago he has been one of the co-conductors of the NorthWinds Symphonic Band of Kansas City. Bell also has been a staff member of the Missouri Ambassadors of Music Biennial European Tour since 1996, conducting and performing in both the concert band and string orchestra.

He served as band vice president of the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), president and high school band vice president of MMEA Kansas City District No. 3, a state large group music festival manager for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), and as a member of the MSHSAA Music Advisory Committee.

His other memberships include the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Bell completed his bachelor’s degree in music education at Central Missouri State University and received his master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468