Shannon B. RobertsOriginally from Vista, California, Dr. Shannon Roberts is a nationally known composer, arranger, author, clinician, and music educator and is the Director of the Weber State University Wildcat Marching Band and the university Jazz Band. He also teaches music theory at WSU. He has been the Staff Arranger for the University of Utah Marching Band since 1993. He is the principle trombonist with the Tuachan pit orchestra and has performed with the Southwest Symphony. He also performs with the Great Basin St. Band and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Roberts is an adjudicator for Heritage Music Festivals.
He has won many state and national awards for teaching including: The National Society of High School Scholars Nobel Educator of Distinction-2010; KSL News Radio & Zions Bank’s Teacher Feature, 2009; Utah PTA/KUED “Golden Apple Award” Outstanding Educator, Region III-2008-2009; Student Choice Award-University of Utah, 1996.
He recently has composed original music for Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Dixieland Band and Faculty Chamber Ensembles, including the world première of three new works: Celebración del Centenario (Spanish Fantasy for Trumpet and Band); Folk Dance for Brass Trio; and Congruens (Symmetrical Proportions) In Three Movements for Trombone, Solo Multiple Percussion & Piano. He founded the DSC Redrock Dixieland Band in the summer of 2011.
Before coming to WSU Dr. Roberts was an Associate Professor of music at Dixie State College of Utah where he was the head of the music theory & composition area. He also directed the Dixie College Brass Ensemble and taught the trombone/euphonium studio. Prior to coming to Dixie State College, he was the Director of Bands at Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah. His band program won state and national honors as being among the best high school programs in the country. As a brass specialist on trumpet, trombone and tuba; he has played with many national artists and professional shows like: Disney’s Aladdin & Little Mermaid, Hairspray, The Wayne Newton Band, Eddie Daniels, Frank Sinatra Jr., Dee Daniels, Spanky Wilson, Jeff Hamilton, Maureen McGovern, and the Manhattan Transfer.
He is the former Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Utah and was the Director of Jazz Ensemble One for ten years. Before moving to Utah to pursue doctoral studies, Dr. Roberts was the Musical Director for Sea World of San Diego and a local studio musician and arranger. He taught high school and community college at several Southern California schools, was a Staff Arranger and Euphonium soloist with the United States Navy Band in San Diego, and played Euphonium for the Disneyland Circus Band.
Dr. Roberts holds Ph.D. and Master of Music degrees in music composition from the University of Utah; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, California; an Associate of Arts Degree in Applied Arts from San Diego Mesa College; and is a graduate of the United States Navy School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi.