Dr. Carl Rowles

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Faculty/Staff Title:  Assistant Professor of Music Director of Bands
Extension:  4373
Box:  77
Office/Department:  Department of Music
Degrees:  Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Iowa Master of Arts, Tennessee Technological University Bachelor of Music, Simpson College

Carl Rowles is the newly appointed Director of Bands at Kansas Wesleyan University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches applied trumpet, conducting, music theory, and other instrumental methods courses.

Prior to accepting the position at KWU, Dr. Rowles was Director of Bands at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas where he taught conducting, music education courses, assisted with the Marching Pioneers, and conducted the Symphonic Band.

Dr. Rowles completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Band Conducting at The University of Iowa in 2016 and served as Interim Director of the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble. He was a Teaching Assistant for the Hawkeye Marching Band, Director and instructor of record of the University Band, and guest conductor of the Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Chamber Winds.

Dr. Rowles was the Graduate Conducting Associate at Tennessee Technological University from 2011-2013 where he studied with Professor Joseph W. Hermann. His duties included directing the Golden Eagle Brass Basketball Pep Band and assisting with the Golden Eagle Marching Band. He was also the Graduate Teaching Assistant for undergraduate conducting classes, the TTU Wind Ensemble, and the TTU Symphony Band. In addition to his teaching and conducting responsibilities, he was active as a trumpeter and pianist in numerous large ensemble concerts and chamber recitals.

From 2009-2011, Dr. Rowles was the Director of Bands at New Hampton High School in New Hampton, Iowa. During his two years, his ensembles received Superior ratings at the Iowa High School Music Association State Large Group Festival. 

Dr. Rowles earned the Bachelors of Music in Education from Simpson College in 2009, graduating magna cum laude. He holds memberships in the, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary). He has twice been a finalist for the National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project and has been a two-time finalist for conducting positions with the United States Air Force Bands.