Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
407 West Q. St.
Russellville, AR 72801
Christopher Anderson is the Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University. His responsibilities include all aspects of university bands, coordinating instrumental music education, and the ATU summer band camps. Anderson teaches conducting and music education courses, directs the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Arkansas' Band of Distinction, and the concert bands.Dr. Anderson holds a B.M.E. from Abilene Christian University under Fred J. Allen, a Master of Music from Northwestern University under John P. Paynter, and a DMA in conducting from the University of Texas under Jerry Junkin . He has conducted ensembles and presented at the Texas Music Educators Association and at the CBDNA Southwestern Division. Additionally, he served as the Secretary for the Big 12 Band Directors Association.
Anderson was formerly the Director of the Goin' Band from Raiderland, Texas Tech University's 440-member marching band, and served as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas Tech from 2003-2010. His bands have performed in the Cotton Bowl (twice), Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo bowl, Houston Bowl, and at Sundevil stadium in the Insight Bowl. Dr. Anderson has held similar posts at Stephen F. Austin State University and Abilene Christian University. He began his career teaching at Keller High School in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex in an award-winning band program.
Dr. Anderson has transcribed or arranged over 125 works for marching band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and saxophone quartet. Additionally, he does engraving work having assisted Merlin Patterson with the parts for his new setting of the Ives Concord Symphony. Anderson's latest project is a wind setting John Corigliano's "Elegy" for orchestra. This new setting is available through the G. Schirmer rental library.
Anderson lives in Russellville, Arkansas with his wife Amy, Assistant Professor of Nursing at UALR, his 3 boys, Corban, Hayden, Micah, and his daughter, Lillie, who is from Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China.