ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Dr. Boyd Perkins has been
named South Dakota Outstanding Bandmaster by the international bandmaster fraternity Phi Beta Mu.
Perkins, Northern’s director of bands, received the award Saturday night during the 2013 All-State Band Grand Concert in Rapid City.
“I am honored and humbled to have been recognized for this award,” Perkins said. “My success at Northern is due to incredible administrative support and talented and committed colleagues in the music department as well as dedicated and determined students.”
A native of Brookings, Perkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degrees in wind conducting from The University of Iowa. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education with instrumental and vocal emphases from South Dakota State University.
Perkins, who serves as chair of the NSU music department, has worked at Northern for 10 years. His teaching duties include applied low brass studies, instrumental conducting, marching band, symphonic band, marching band techniques, music education courses, brass methods, brass instrument care and repair, graduate courses in conducting, graduate courses in music education, and student-teacher supervision.
Perkins has led the NSU Marching Wolves to the 2005 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural parades in Washington, D.C. Also under his leadership, the Marching Wolves represented South Dakota in the 2006 Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“My calling is to serve young people through music education,” Perkins said. “It is a true blessing to have the opportunity to work with the people I work with every day.”
Perkins continued, “I would like to thank (NSU School of Fine Arts Dean) Alan LaFave and the faculty, staff and students at NSU for their dedication and patience as we work to improve and create meaningful student experiences in the region and South Dakota.”
As a euphonium performer, 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 also state representative for the National Band Association, state representative for the College Band Directors National Association, and editor of "South Dakota Musician" magazine.