John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Winds and taught courses in the undergraduate conducting sequence. Dr. Oelrich taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Director of Instrumental Music. At Loras, he taught courses in music history, music education, conducting, orchestration, conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and coached chamber ensembles. Prior to his time at Loras, Dr. Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school music education 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 as well as numerous performances in the Dubuque area.
Classical period chamber wind literature and conducting pedagogy, specifically the use of Laban Movement Theory and Mime in the collegiate conducting class curriculum, are Dr. Oelrich's primary areas of research. His critical edition of Ignace Pleyel's Parthia in Dis has been accepted for publication by Fountayne Editions of London. Critical editions of unpublished works by Hoffmeister, Pleyel, Kurzweil and Winter are in progress.
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 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, Dr. Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, 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.
To learn more about Dr. Waterman please visit him online: www.bill-waterman.com
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.
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UTM Football Game (Bacone College)
SMB Exhibition Performance at Union City Invitational
UTM Football Game (Tenn. Tech)
UTM Football Game (Austin Peay/Homecoming)
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