rhea5-jpg-homepage_fullTimothy Rhea, director of Music Activities at Texas A&M University, has been elected president of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), one of the highest honors in the band profession.

Following a long analysis of candidates, officials with ABA say Rhea, one of the youngest conductors elected to membership in the association, was voted president at the ABA’s 82nd convention held in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Founded in 1929 by accomplished composer and conductor Edwin Franko Goldman, the ABA was organized to provide concert bands the opportunity to discuss problems and challenges faced in their profession.

The association strives to recognize outstanding achievement in concert band conductors and composers with its current by-invitation-only membership comprising 300 band conductors and composers in the United States and Canada.

As Rhea states on Americanbandmasters.org, “The American Bandmasters Association represents a history of tradition and service to our profession. As we look to our founder, Edwin Franko Goldman, we continue to refine our mission of promoting the concert band and its repertoire.” Rhea continues, “The membership of our association represents the outstanding conductors and composers associated with the wind band. In addition to recognizing exceptional musicians through invitational membership into the association, we are able to collectively pool the resources associated with these master conductors and composers through projects that will benefit all in our profession.”

Rhea, who has served at Texas A&M for 23 years, is administrative head of the university band program, conductor of the University Wind Symphony and director of the nationally famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

During his tenure, Rhea has conducted numerous performances for local, national and international audiences. In addition to conducting, Rhea has also arranged and composed over 300 music pieces and maintains an internationally active schedule as a conductor.

“Texas A&M is fortunate to have Dr. Rhea leading the various areas of our music activities program,” shared Daniel J. Pugh, Vice President for Student Affairs.  “Tim’s commitment to the holistic development of his students as musicians, scholars and leaders has endeared him to decades of students who now proudly wear the Aggie ring.”

As evidenced by Rhea’s leadership of his profession, and his over two decades of service to the Division of Student Affairs and the students of the university, Pugh adds that Texas A&M truly is a campus committed to transformational student music experiences.

Further demonstrating this commitment, the university is developing the new Music Activities Center (MAC), which will pave the way for education and leadership opportunities for Texas A&M’s student musicians.

Currently the Texas A&M Foundation is seeking additional funds to complete the MAC’s $20 million development goal, and with a recent $10 million dollar gift from the Ed Rachal Foundation, construction may begin as soon as 2017. With the addition of the MAC, and the continued vision and dedication of leaders such as Timothy Rhea, Texas A&M continues to Lead by Example as an epicenter for music excellence.

Gifts to support the Music Activities Center can be made through the Texas A&M Foundation. For additional information about giving, contact Torii Kapavik ’11 with the Foundation at (979) 862-1247 or tkapavik@txamfoundation.com


Written by: Courtney Rhodes