John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and University/Community Orchestra, assisting with the Skyhawk Marching Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Oelrich is highly active in the area of recruiting and retention, visiting approximately thirty schools each year. He is also the supervisor of the Department of Music’s Living Learning Community, a residential and academic cohort designed to increase student success and retention.
His recent engagements as a guest conductor and clinician include the UT Martin Honor Band Festival, Robertson County Honor Band, Gateway Music Association Honor Band, Kentucky All-District #1 Middle School Honor Band and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band. Active as a trumpeter, Dr. Oelrich regularly performs with the UT Martin Faculty Brass Quintet and substitutes with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.
Under Dr. Oelrich’s direction, the UT Martin Wind Ensemble has grown in quality and scope. In 2014, the ensemble was invited to perform a feature concert for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s State Conference for the first time. The ensemble has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for wind band, including a new symphony, Blue Marble, by Derek Jenkins in 2015 and a new work from Pennsylvania composer, Stephen Barr, in April of 2017. The Wind Ensemble is also active in artistic collaborations, most recently working with the UTM Dance Ensemble to present Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust in the Spring of 2015.
In the summer of 2013, Dr. Oelrich founded the Martin Community Band, the first standing community band in Martin since 1915. Performing 4-5 concerts each summer, the ensemble has grown in quality, scope and size, involving more than 100 musicians each summer.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University. He taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Interim Director of Instrumental Music. Prior to his time at Loras, Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school band in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention.
After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, motorcycling and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador, Maia, reside in Martin, TN.
D.M.A., Assistant Professor
Director of Athletic Bands
Applied Tuba and Euphonium
Office: 225 Fine Arts
Bill Waterman joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2014, where he serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and teaches applied Tuba and Euphonium. In addition to teaching applied tuba and euphonium students Dr. Waterman serves as director for the Skyhawk Marching Band, Basketball Bands, and the UT Martin Concert Band.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Waterman served on the faculty at the University of Michigan at Flint (MI), the Flint Institute of Music (MI), and Jackson College (MI). Additionally, he has been the instructor of record for classes at both Michigan State University and Texas Tech University. During the summers, Dr. Waterman serves on the faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.
Dr. Waterman served as music director and conductor for the award winning Capital City Brass Band (Lansing, MI). During his tenure as music director, the brass band won back-to-back first place championships in the 2013 and 2014 North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) 10-Piece Brass Band category. The band also placed second overall in their section at the 2014 NABBA Championships. The band received an overall third place finish at the 2013 US Open Brass Band Championships in St. Charles, IL, where Dr. Waterman’s arrangement of “The Carrollton March” won the award for “best new arrangement or composition.”
Dr. Waterman brings a diverse background of experience from the world of marching band. Over the past ten years he has worked as an arranger and/or instructor for groups in Kansas, Florida, and Colorado, for winds and both battery and front ensemble percussion. As a performer he has marched tuba, trombone, battery percussion, and was a two-time DCI finalist as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA).
As a soloist, Dr. Waterman’s career is highlighted by a 2011 recital performance in Carnegie Hall. As an orchestral musician, he served as Principal Tuba with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS) for nine seasons. He has also performed with the Lansing Symphony (MI), Mason Symphony (MI), Celtic Woman Orchestra (MI), Big Spring Symphony (TX), and the Lubbock Symphony (TX).
Dr. Waterman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. His primary tuba instructors are Phil Sinder, Kevin Wass, Scott Watson, and Tom Stein. Additionally, he has studied jazz with Stephen Jones and voice with Kathy McNeil.
D.M.A., Associate Professor: Trumpet, Director of the Jazz Ensemble
Office: 226 Fine Arts
Phone: (731) 881-7404
Kurt Gorman, D.M.A., joined the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2004, where he teaches studio trumpet and directs the jazz ensemble. Prior to his appointment at UTM, he served for two seasons as the Principal Trumpet of Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes, a chamber orchestra in Culiacan, Mexico. Before that, he worked as a freelance trumpet player in the Dallas- Fort Worth area for several years.
Gorman currently performs with the Jackson Symphony and with Bravada, a chamber ensemble of UTM music faculty. His primary interest is chamber music. Currently, he is expanding and revising his doctoral dissertation, The Trumpet in Mixed Chamber Music of the Twentieth Century, for publication.
Gorman holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and graduate degrees in performance from the University of North Texas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has studied privately with Keith Johnson, Keith Benjamin, Jeff Curnow, John Holt, and Guy Victor Bordo.