Portrait of Drew Eary Holding a baton

Teaching Assistant in Wind Conducting

Drew Eary is in his first year of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Jerry Junkin. Eary holds a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University where he studied with Dr. Jamie L. Nix. He also received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from The University of Arizona.

While at Columbus State University, Eary’s primary responsibilities were to guest conduct the Schwob Wind Ensemble and Schwob Wind Orchestra. He was the director of the CSU Cougar Pep Band and assisted the annual CSU Conductors’ Workshop. At the University of Arizona, Eary served as the Drum Major of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band as well as the principal clarinetist of the UA Wind ensemble under Professor Gregg Hanson.

Prior to beginning his MM, Eary was the first Director of Bands at Casteel High School (Queen Creek, Arizona). The Casteel High School band program has received multiple Superior ratings and first place awards in both local and national festivals. In 2018, the Casteel Colt Marching Band received the Bronze Medal at the Arizona State Marching Band Championships.

Most recently, Eary was named a Finalist for the 2020 American Prize in Conducting. He has also presented at the annual Arizona Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference and was named an ‘Educator to Watch’ by the Arizona Republic Newspaper in September of 2018. Eary is a former board member with the Arizona Marching Band Association and is an active educator and clinician with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. He is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.



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Campus location
MRH 2.404

Teaching Areas

Wind Conducting


Master of Music
Columbus State University

Bachelor of Music
The University of Arizona