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Tom Seddon

Tom Seddon

Associate Professor/Director of Bands
College of Arts and Sciences
Area of Specialty: Associate Professor/Director of Bands
Garvey Fine Arts Center
Rm 316
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
University of Hartford, Master of Music Education
University of Hartford, Doctor of Musical Arts
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Dr. Seddon's ensembles have performed at the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conferences, State Conferences in: Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Kansas. He has been a clinician across the United States for many years.

He has also commissioned and premiered over 30 pieces for Winds, Brass and Percussion. Including Guignol for Bassoon, Winds, Brass and Percussion by Stephen Michael Gryc. This piece has been performed widely by major bassoonists such at Marc Goldberg and Richard Hoenich.

Presentations at the College Band Directors National Association, both regional and national conferences on evaluation and assessment in ensembles and for conducting students. He has also presented at National Association for Music Education conferences both state and regionally. Presentations at the College Music Society regional conferences.

As the trumpet and horn professor at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Dr. Seddon performed many recitals on both trumpet and horn.

Teaching Improvisation in Ensemble - The Instrumentalist

Ear Training in Rehearsal - The Instrumentalist

The Development of a Criterion Reference Rating Instrument for the Evaluation, Teaching and Training of Undergraduate Conductors - Journal of Band Research

Service Interests/Activities

Dr. Seddon is the College Band Directors National Association State Chair for Kansas and was previously for Connecticut.

He serves at Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) in Topeka Kansas, as a lay prayer leader and has served on several committees at the Cathedral. He has also been very active in the Boy Scouts of America and serves on several committees at Washburn University.

He and his wife have two boys and reside in Topeka, Kansas.

Career Accomplishments

J. Thomas Seddon IV is the Director of Bands at Washburn University in Topeka Kansas. Prior to joining the faculty at Washburn, he was the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Director at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Dr. Seddon has a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. In addition, he holds a master of music from The Hartt School and a bachelor of science in music education from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. Seddon has studied conducting with Glen Adsit, H. Robert Reynolds, James F. Keene, Jerry Junkin, and Michael Heithcock. Prior to UWL Seddon was the Director of Bands and instrumental music education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Seddon appears as a clinician and presenter for conferences, workshops and as an adjudicator regionally and nationally. He is published in the Journal of Band Research and The Instrumentalist. At Central Connecticut State University the Wind Ensemble performed at The Connecticut All-State Conference four times and the Chamber Players at the Eastern Region National Association for Music Education Conference in 2011. Dr. Seddon was the recipient of the Central Connecticut State University 2009-10 Excellence in Teaching Award. While at UW-La Crosse Dr. Seddon brought the Wind Ensemble to the College Band Directors National Association – North Central Conference in 2016 and 2018. In 2017, the UWL Wind Ensemble was one of ten universities to have a recording played at the College Band Directors National Association - National Conference in Kansas City Missouri as part of the ‘Small Band Showcase’. From 2012 - 2016 he was also the associate conductor of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Wisconsin.

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