Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder graduate wind conducting program! Here you will find important information about our program and degree offerings. The master’s and doctoral conducting program provides a wide variety of experiences that prepare our graduate conductors to function in teaching and conducting positions. We have three teaching assistantships that allow our graduate students to work with all areas of our comprehensive band program. We have three bands, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, as well as our athletic bands, Golden Buffalo Marching Band and Buff Basketball Band. Our graduate students are involved in all aspects of the program as well as undergraduate conducting courses.

In addition to our annual season of concerts, honor band festival and guest artists, we also host a summer conducting symposium. Our guest clinicians have included Richard Floyd, Michael Haithcock, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole and Steve Davis.

If you have any questions about the degree or band program, please contact Director of Bands Donald McKinney.

Donald McKinneyDonald J. McKinney

Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program and oversees the university band program. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. While teaching at LSU, the Wind Ensemble performed for the South Central Regional Music Conference and was invited to perform for the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has held faculty positions at Interlochen Arts Academy and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. From 2010-2015, he was the Coordinator of Bands for Interlochen Arts Camp. Learn more.

Matthew DockendorfMatthew Dockendorf

Matthew Dockendorf is Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder where he directs the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band and the Symphonic Band and teaches courses in music education and conducting. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, Dockendorf studied at Michigan State University where he wrote drill and arranged music for the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He served as conductor of the Campus Band and guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, and Concert Band. Learn more.

Branden SteinmetzBranden Steinmetz

Branden Steinmetz is Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at the University of Colorado where he conducts the Concert Band, assists with the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band, directs the “Buff” Basketball Band, and teaches courses in music education. Prior to coming to CU Boulder, Steinmetz studied wind conducting at Michigan State University. He was actively involved in all facets of the band program at MSU, including the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass, all major concert band ensembles, as well as conducting courses. Before MSU, he taught band and percussion at Woodbury High School (MN). Learn more.

Our Bands

Wind Symphony
Symphonic Band
Concert Band
Golden Buffalo Marching Band
Buff Basketball Band