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Fred McInnis

Associate Teaching Professor
Instrumental Conducting & Ensembles, Director of Athletic Bands, Marching Band, ROC Bands, University Band



Fred McInnis is the Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Teaching Professor of Music at Brigham Young University. He joined the School of Music at Brigham Young University in 2002 as Assistant Director of Bands, Assistant Marching Band Director, and Drumline Instructor.

In 2008 he was appointed as the Director of Athletic Bands which duties include serving as director of the BYU Cougar Marching Band (“The Power of the Wasatch”) and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Pep Bands (The “ROC” Bands). Under his direction, the BYU Marching Band has performed at Bands of America Regional Championships, four times at the Las Vegas Bowl, twice at the San Diego Poinsettia Bowl, as well as the New Mexico, the Armed Forces, The San Francisco “Fight Hunger,” and the Miami Beach Bowls. Additionally, four performances by the BYU Marching Band have been selected for viewing at national conferences of the College Band Directors National Association.

He has served 12 years as Executive Director and host of the Rocky Mountain Marching Invitational, one of the largest and oldest high school marching band competitions in Utah, held for 40 years at Brigham Young University.

The Men’s and Women’s Pep Bands under his direction have made 17 national appearances in the NCAA basketball tournament, including a trip to the “Sweet 16” in 2011.

In addition to his work with BYU Athletic Bands, Professor McInnis oversees the two non-auditioned University Bands, conducts the Tuesday Night University Band, and teaches courses in undergraduate percussion teaching methods, marching band techniques, and private undergraduate percussion lessons.

He is active in several areas of the U.S. as clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in area, regional, state, and national concert band festivals, solo and ensemble festivals, and as a marching band and percussion clinician and adjudicator.

Mr. McInnis has been featured in published articles in the Utah Percussive Arts Society magazine, and in Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive arts Society. He has authored The Complete Book of Scales, a book for band directors and students, and Cleanin’ It Up, an instructional workbook and DVD for mastering drumline techniques, and has twice presented at the CBDNA national athletic band conference. He is one of five campus-wide recipients of the 2011 Brigham Award, recognizing those who have gone far out of their way to serve, and has performed in numerous orchestras in the southeastern United States as a percussionist, and in the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a student of Thomas Fraschillo and Sherman Hong. He has also completed doctoral level classes in Educational Leadership and Foundations at Brigham Young University.

Prior to his appointment at BYU, Professor McInnis’s public school experience was comprised of teaching and supervisory duties from 1988-2001, on middle, high school, and university levels. Through these years, his bands received superior ratings at the Mississippi Marching Band Festival, superior and excellent ratings in high school and junior high school symphonic wind ensemble, and superior ratings in jazz ensemble.

During this time, McInnis was inducted into the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1994 and was nominated for Who’s Who in America in 2003.

Professor McInnis holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, and has held past memberships in Percussive Arts Society (Utah Chapter Treasurer), Utah Music Educators Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Research Interests

Intonation tendencies of band wind instruments; the how and why of teaching; teaching concepts

Teaching Interests

Percussion, Music, Education, Band, Teaching teachers

Courses Taught