Tech’s new band director, Dan Belongia, will bring his experience and family to Russellville to start his position June 1.
Many of Tech’s qualities persuaded Belongia to choose this position.
“Tech has a national reputation for its historic band program and department of music,” Belongia said. “Also, the River Valley is so very beautiful. I hoped to find an opportunity to work with great colleagues and dedicated students in a community that would provide a wonderful home for my family. Tech is it.”
Belongia said his attraction to the community aspect of band drew him into joining and what kept him in band is the band directors who mentored him. These band directors were mentors in music and in life.
“I am also inspired by the repertoire,” said Belongia. “The modern wind band repertoire is continually evolving with new works from world class composers. The possibilities and experiences with this ‘art music’ transcend daily life and provide connections to beauty.”
Christopher Nam, sophomore music major from Conway, said that he can’t wait to see what Belongia will accomplish.
“It’s really cool to be able to experience music from different directors,” Nam said. “The same song can be very different depending on who is conducting. It’s something that is unique to music, which is why I love it.”
Belongia said he hopes to build upon the historic quality of Tech’s band by providing daily opportunities for students to improve as musicians. This includes hosting concerts and performances that serves the Tech community and established alumni.
Belongia’s first job directing a band was in 1996. Since then he has worked at six different schools ranging from middle school to college. His last position was the associate professor of music and associate director of bands at Illinois State University.