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Director of Bands

  • M.M.E, Music Education, Texas A&M at Commerce (1987)
Fred J. Allen is Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble he teaches graduate conducting, orchestration and music education classes. He oversees four hundred band students involved in the band program, in four concert groups, athletic bands and several chamber ensembles. He is a past recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award and was the 2012 recipient of the Faculty Achievement in Teaching Award administered by the SFASU Foundation. He was also recognized in 2012 with the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble at SFA has performed at conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association of Composers/USA, Texas Chapter and the South Central Regional Music Conference in Monroe, LA. His SFA Wind Ensemble has performed with several guest artists and guest conductors. Under his leadership the SFA Wind Ensemble continues its long tradition of commissioning new works from composers.

Allen has conducted All-Region and All-State Bands throughout Texas and the United States, where he is also an active concert clinician and adjudicator. He has often served as guest conductor for bands playing at the Midwest Clinic and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and has also conducted in Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

Allen has published several pieces for band, orchestra and flute choir that draw upon his experience in teaching in the public schools in Texas. These works have been performed frequently at conventions and festivals across the United States and internationally. He has several commissioned works in progress.

Allen played principal clarinet with the Ft. Worth Civic Orchestra for five seasons, was bass clarinetist with the Irving Symphony for three seasons and played clarinet in the Irving Symphony Woodwind Quintet for 6 years. He held the piccolo position with the Abilene Philharmonic for 6 years and played both flute and clarinet in several community bands. As a woodwind specialist, he has performed professionally at Opryland, USA and for the Ice Capades and the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, as well as over forty musicals and operas.

He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, College Band Directors National Association and ASCAP.