Director of Bands

Since our inception, Howard University has been totally
focused on building a strategic, quality music program.

Kelvin Washington

Director of Bands - Conductor of Wind Symphony & Athletics Bands

Kelvin W. Washington is a native of Scotlandville, Louisiana where at Southern University he earned the Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education. He began his teaching career at Livonia High School in Louisiana and 1987 moved to Detroit, Michigan where he was appointed Director of Bands at Nolan Middle School and McKenzie High School. Before coming to Howard University, he held collegiate appointments as Chief Arranger and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Director of Bands at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

He is currently in his twenty-fifth year as Conductor of the Howard University Wind Symphony and Director of the Howard University “Show Time” Marching Band. He shares a role as Director of the 369th Experience in addition to being an active Past-President of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – National Band Directors Consortium. Mr. Washington is a Conn- Selmer Educational Clinician; he serves as an advisory to the Dr. William P. Foster Project for the National Band Association. He is a Past Governor of the Eastern Division of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary National Band Fraternity, a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia, the National Band Association and College Band Directors National Association.


He is adjudicator, clinician, arranger, conductor, and touring musician. In his role as a touring musician, he has engaged in performances across the United States; in Canada; Poland; England; and Scotland.

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