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        Boyd Perkins

Dr. Boyd Perkins
Chair, Music Department; Director of Bands, Conducting, Brass Methods and Literature, Music Education
B.M.E. South Dakota State University
M.A., D.M.A.  University of Iowa
Office: JFAC 113
Phone: 605-626-2501
Fax: 605-626-2263
Dr. Boyd Perkins is director of bands at Northern. A native of Brookings, S.D., Dr. Perkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Wind Conducting from The University of Iowa, where his primary advisor was Dr. Myron Welch. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education with instrumental and vocal emphases from South Dakota State University, where his primary teachers were Dr. Darwin Walker and Dr. Charles Canaan.
With successful public school teaching experience in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota, Dr. Perkins has developed a strong, multifaceted reputation as a music educator in the areas of concert band, marching band, and jazz. He maintains an active adjudication and clinician schedule in all three areas. Dr. Perkins’ duties at Northern include applied low brass studies, instrumental conducting, marching band, symphonic band, marching band techniques, music education courses, brass methods, brass instrument care and repair, the NSU All-Star Marching Camp and student-teacher supervision.
Under Dr. Perkins’ leadership, the NSU Marching Wolves were the lone selection from South Dakota in the 2006 Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 2005, the Marching Wolves were 1 of 8 collegiate bands selected to appear in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
As a euphonium performer, Dr. Perkins has been the runner-up in the national MTNA-Wurlitzer Brass competition, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous high school, college, and community bands. He is the band chair for the South Dakota Music Educators Association, state representative for the National Band Association, state representative for the College Band Directors National Association, and editor of "South Dakota Musician."
His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Tuba Euphonium Association, International Trombone Association, Pi Kappa Lamda, and Phi Beta Mu.