Brass Instructor, The Cadets
BA - University of North Texas
MA - University of Tennessee
DMA - University of Washington, in progress
Scott-Lee Atchison is currently a Ph.D. student in Music Education at Pennsylvania State University. Before his enrollment at Penn State, Mr. Atchison served as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky where he oversaw significant growth in enrollment and operating budget during his five-year tenure there. Mr. Atchison also served as Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University - Commerce where he conducted the symphonic band and concert band and taught classes in music technology, music literature, marching band techniques in addition to being the director of athletic bands. During his time at Texas A&M University – Commerce, Mr. Atchison oversaw significant growth of the marching band, more than doubling it in size and earning an invitation to perform at Texas UIL State Championships. In 2012, Mr. Atchison was privileged to guest conduct the Texas A&M University - Commerce Wind Ensemble in performances at the CBDNA Regional Convention and Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Atchison received a Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He recently completed his doctoral residency at the University of Washington and will soon complete the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting. At the University of Washington, he studied instrumental conducting with Tim Salzman and trumpet with Allen Vizzutti and David Gordon. While at Washington, Mr. Atchison guest conducted the Wind Ensemble during their 2007 Japan Tour. At Tennessee, Mr. Atchison was a conducting student of Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. David Stutzenberger, and James Fellenbaum, and had additional conducting study with John Whitwell and Frank Battisti. At North Texas, he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria.
In 2007, Mr. Atchison joined the instructional staff for The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as Brass Caption Head, and in 2009 The Troopers were welcomed back into the DCI Finals after a 23-year absence. Mr. Atchison served as the Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois and is an active designer and clinician with marching bands and drum corps throughout the country. Mr. Atchison currently serves on the instructional staff for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Finally, Mr. Atchison is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a contributing author for the book series A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Volume IV) where he collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici on a chapter featuring his contribution to the wind band and American music.