Music Education, Symphony Band
Darryl J. Bott is currently in his seventh year as the Associate Director of the Wind Studies Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He recently received the New Jersey Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award. His duties include conducting the Symphony Band and teaching courses in music education including graduate and undergraduate instrumental conducting. In 2011 he was appointed director of Jazz Ensemble Too. Since 2005, Bott has established such prominent programs as: a regional Concert Band Festival and the Mason Gross “Artist in Residence” series featuring such notable guest artists as Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, H.Robert Reynolds, Edward Lisk, Mallory Thompson and Dennis Fisher. Bott also serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Winds for the arts camp held at Mason Gross every summer. Bott served as the interim director of bands in 2010-11, conducting both the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band while serving as the chair of the director of bands search committee.
The Wind Studies Program at Rutgers represents an area of great depth in enrollment and quality. Under the direction of Bott, the 80-member Symphony Band continually performs significant literature at the highest artistic level. Recent accolades include: a reading session at the Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference (2010) and performances at the New Jersey Music Educators Convention (2011, 2012).
A 30-year teaching veteran of the public schools in the State of New Jersey, Bott served the last seventeen of those years as director of bands at Roxbury High School and district lead teacher for performing arts before accepting the position at Rutgers in 2005. Bands under his direction received consistent superior ratings at local and out of state competitions. The Honors Wind Symphony was selected to represent New Jersey Region I for the Closing Concert of the State Concert Band Festival every year since the festival’s inception and performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His concert and jazz programs over the years have also performed with several outstanding artists including Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Lionel Hampton, Thad Jones, Fred Mills, Eddie Daniels, the Boston Brass, Steve Fidick, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Bill Watrous and Chris Vadala. During Bott’s tenure, Roxbury High School also commissioned two major symphonies for wind band including Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr’s Symphony #3 JFK and the British composer Robert Farnon’s Wind Symphony: The Gaels. The program at Roxbury continues to flourish as evidenced by being selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 2008.
Bott has received several teaching awards during his career in public education including the New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Award, the Morris County Teacher’s Recognition Award and the Roxbury High School nominee for the Princeton University Teaching Award. He is a highly regarded clinician for honor bands and school ensembles and has conducted the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, Ohio District 13 Band, New York Area All-State, the New Jersey Region I & II Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, the North Jersey Area Symphonic Band, many state county bands and the Region I Jazz Ensemble on two occasions. He also has been an active member of NJMEA over the years, managing and hosting All-State and Region I ensembles and serving as the band division chair for Region I on two separate occasions. He also served as the first chair of the NJMEA Concert Band Festival and Gala Concert. He received his masters in wind conducting from Rutgers University as a student of William Berz.