Dr. John D. Pasquale holds the Donald R. Shepherd Chair in Conducting at the University of Michigan serving as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands. In this position, he directs and oversees the athletic band program, is the conductor the University Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band, Symphony Band Chamber Winds and Concert Band, and teaches classes in rehearsal techniques and aural analysis. Prior to this appointment, Pasquale served as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Michigan.
Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, Pasquale served as a conducting associate to the Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, "The Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band, New Century Ensemble, Faculty Composer Concert Series, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and the Weitzenhoffer Family Department of Musical Theatre. In addition, he was an adjunct instructor and graduate teaching assistant within the Music Education Department. He holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Pasquale served as the Associate Brass Caption Manager of the Santa Clara Vangaurd Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California, and taught ensemble music as a member of the Brass Staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Pasquale was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers have been named Drum Corps International World Champions three times and the recipient of two Jim Ott Awards for "Excellence in Brass Performance."
Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Pasquale conducted an internationally recognized and competitive middle school wind ensemble holding the position of Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in The Colony, Texas, within the Lewisville Independent School District. During his four year assignment, Pasquale was the 2001, 2002 and 2003 recipient of the "Making A Difference Award" given by the student body of Griffin Middle School and received the 2003 nomination for Griffin Middle School "Teacher of the Year."
Dr. Pasquale is in demand as a conductor, clinician, pedagogue, and adjudicator in band and orchestra programs throughout the United States and Asia.