Director of Bands
Currently in his 28th year as Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Theory Area at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Thomas Root is a native of Minnesota. After completing his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, he received the Doctorate in Music Composition from Michigan State University in 1986.
Under his direction, the Weber State University Wind Ensemble performed the closing concert of the 2008 Western/Northwestern Division Meetings of the College Band Directors National Association in Reno, NV. The Wind Ensemble also performed the opening concert of this prestigious event in 2004. Dr. Root was until recently President of the College Band Directors National Association Western Division.
Also, WSU Bands have been invited twice as guests of ChiaYi City, Taiwan, for their biennial International Band Festival, sharing the stagewith bands from throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. In their most recent performance in 2003, the WSU band performed the closing concert of this three week event. In summer of 2012 members of the WSU Band Program will once again travel to Germany for a concert tour in the Hof, Prague, and Beyreuth area.
Under Dr. Root's direction the Weber State Wind Ensemble performed as featured guest of the 2006 Washington(DC) Wind Festival , sharing the closing concert with the Virginia Commonwealth University Band in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In June, 2007 the Wind Ensemble Performed the closing concert of the Los Angeles Wind Band Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in 2009 the Wind Ensemble performed the closing concert of the New York City Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall, and most recently was the featured closing performer of the Chicago International Band and Orchestra Festival at Armour Hall (Symphony Hall in Chicago).
Thomas Root is a well-known composer, with 23 current publications. His two most recent works, “Under the Rose,” and “Fantasies on a Theme of Brahms” have been premiered this last year. One of his other recent works, “To Take the Children Home,” was composed in memory of the students slain at Virginia Tech University. It received its premiere performances at Virginia Tech and in Ogden, UT, the following year. It is now in demand in schools throughout the country, though still unpublished.