Broken Arrow Director of Bands earns prestigious national honor

Picture of Darrin Davis, Director of Bands for Broken Arrow Public Schools
Darrin Davis, Director of Bands for Broken Arrow Public Schools

Broken Arrow High School Director of Bands Darrin Davis has been elected into the membership of the American Bandmasters Association for his significant accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the Wind Ensemble and its literature.

ABA membership is by invitation only and offered to approximately 300 leaders in the profession. Of the active members, only 30 are high school band directors.

“While I am honored to be recognized for something I do every day, this would not be possible without all the students I have conducted who have poured their hearts, their talent and their hard work into music,” Davis said.

Davis is in his 25th year of teaching in Broken Arrow and ninth year as director of bands at Broken Arrow High School. Bands under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Midwest Clinic and have won multiple Bands of America Grand National Championship awards.

“Darrin Davis is one of the true gems of our Broken Arrow community,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “He is a Broken Arrow graduate who has dedicated his life to leading our kids with passion and an unwavering commitment to excellence. We are all so proud of this incredible honor.”

The Broken Arrow band program was also awarded the prestigious Sudler Shield in 2015 from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

“I am so fortunate to work in the Broken Arrow school district and am incredibly grateful to my colleagues and my students for giving me this opportunity,” Davis said. “Being a member of the American Bandmasters Association means that I will always be connected to music, and music will always be a part of who I am.”

In addition to his duties at BAHS, Davis has been a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.

Davis’ membership was nominated and sponsored by Thomas Leslie, director of bands at The University of Las Vegas-Nevada, and co-sponsored by Dr. Joseph Missal of Oklahoma State University, Dr. William Wakefield of the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Paul Popiel of the University of Kansas.

Davis will be officially inducted into the ABA this month in Fort Worth, Texas, where he will also be a guest conductor with the Baylor University Wind Ensemble for the ABA Convention.

“I never imagined so long ago that I would be able to stand alongside so many amazing conductors and composers from America’s rich heritage of concert band performances,” he said.

About Darrin Davis, Director of Bands Broken Arrow Public Schools

Darrin Davis, a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, currently serves as the director of bands for the Broken Arrow school district and has enjoyed teaching band at Broken Arrow Public Schools since 1993. Davis is responsible for guiding more than 1,500 band students and 12 band instructors within the school district. He is the conductor of the nationally-acclaimed Broken Arrow HS Wind Ensemble and director of the Pride of Broken Arrow marching band.

Davis’ Broken Arrow bands have performed at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Carnegie Hall, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention, and have marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade (2009, 2013 & 2017). The John Philip Sousa Foundation has presented the Broken Arrow Marching Band the prestigious Sudler Shield (1999, 2008 & 2015). Broken Arrow is a 25-time Oklahoma State Marching Band Champion, a 14-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, a 17-time BOA Regional Champion, and the 2006, 2011 & 2015 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Concert Ensembles under his baton have been praised for their sonorous sound, expression and musical interpretations. The Broken Arrow band program has a long tradition of excellence, having received the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Sweepstakes Award recognizing excellence on the concert stage and the marching field more than 100 times.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Missouri Western State University and a Master of Music Education degree with wind conducting emphasis from the University of Tulsa. He has studied wind conducting with many of the premier conductors in America.

Davis was recently elected into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association honored Davis as their 2012 Band Director of the Year. He serves on the Sousa Foundation’s Jury of the Sudler Shield, and the National Band Association has awarded Davis with Citations of Excellence for outstanding contributions to band and band music, as well as naming the Broken Arrow Band the 2017 national winner of the Program of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award.

The Governor of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma legislature have recognized Davis for excellence in music education on seven occasions during his career as an Oklahoma band director. He was named the 2017 Broken Arrow Citizen of the Year, the Signature Champion of Education by the Tulsa Signature Symphony in 2012 and has been presented numerous Educator Awards by the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education.



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