Mr O'Dell conducted our performances from 2003 through 2004 He has been professionally active in instrumental music and music education for the past twenty-four years. Mr. O'Dell holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southern Oregon University (1978), a Master of Music in Tuba, Euphonium, and Bass Trombone Performance from the University of Oregon (1983), and doctoral studies at Arizona State University (1983-84). Mr. O’Dell is currently the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at The Boston Conservatory, a post he assumed after a nine-year tenure as Director of the Conservatory’s Music Division.
Mr. O'Dell’s previous full-time faculty appointments include Director of Bands at Boston University (MA), Mansfield University (PA), and Phoenix College (AZ). His adjunct appointments include Lecturing Professor and Director of the Festival Jazz Ensemble at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), jazz and applied faculty at the Rivers Music School (MA), graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, and applied faculty at Lane Community College (OR). He has taught in the Oregon public schools as Director of Bands and Elementary Music Teacher (Eagle Point and Phoenix OR), and more recently, as Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Chelsea Public Schools (Boston University/Chelsea Partnership).
A distinguished and versatile educator, conductor, and musician, his collegiate conducting tenures have included marching, pep, concert, and jazz bands, wind ensemble and brass ensemble. He is founder of the New England Collegiate Jazz Festival, Boston TubaChristmas, and cofounder of the Boston Tuba Quartet and The Brass Consortium.
As a tubist he has toured, recorded, and performed with the Ken Shaphorst Big Band, True Colors Big Band, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Darrel Katz Jazz Orchestra, Greg Hopkins Nonet, the Boston Globe Repertory Jazz Orchestra (Gunther Schuller, conductor), Orange Then Blue, and as soloist with the Harvard Summer Band. He has been a member of the faculty brass quintets at the University of Oregon and Mansfield University (PA), and principal tuba with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. A low brass doubler on bass trombone and euphonium, he has performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Ashland Summer Band, Starlighters Swing Orchestra, and the Eugene Symphony Brass Trio.
Within New England, Mr. O'Dell is past President and Vice-President of the New England College Band Association (NECBA), and on the executive board of IAJE/MA unit as the jazz composition contest chairman. He has remained active as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for NESBA, MENC, MICA, MMEA, NYSMA, Rhode Island Music Educators Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Performing Arts Consultants, and Music Festivals. He is an honorary member of Phi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma, and an active member and faculty advisor of Phi Mu Alpha. His national and state associations include CBDNA, MMEA, MENC, IAJE, and NECBA.