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Kevin Kessler

Kevin Kessler



Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center 143
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Kevin Kessler is Director of Athletic Bands and Lecturer of Music at SDSU, where he directs the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, Pep Bands, Concert Band, CommUniversity Band, and the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. He also teaches Applied Euphonium and Tuba, Conducting 1, Theory 1, and Marching Band Pedagogy. Dr. Kessler earned his B.M.E. from South Dakota State University, where he studied trumpet and conducting with John Colson. He earned his M.M. from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University, and a D.M.A. in Band Conducting with a minor in Music Education from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, arranging and marching band drill design with Mr. Kevin Kastens, and euphonium with Mr. John Manning. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kessler served as a band director for 14 years in the Brandon Valley, South Dakota school district, where his concert and marching bands consistently earned top rankings and ratings at region and national contests.
Dr. Kessler is an active arranger and marching band drill designer. His drill design and musical arrangements have been performed by several college marching bands across the country. He is also active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. Dr. Kessler holds memberships in Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, South Dakota Bandmasters, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), College Band Directors National Association, and is state chair for the National Band Association.


D.M.A. Band Conducting, Music Education Minor, Univeristy of Iowa
M.M. Conducting, American Band College of Southern Oregon University
B.M.E. South Dakota State University

Academic Responsibilities

Director: Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, CommUniversity Band, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Conducting 1, Marching Band Pedagogy, Theory 1, Euphonium/Tuba Studio.

Committee Activities

Recruitment and Retention

Specialty Area

  • Instrumental (Athletic and Concert Bands, Conducting, Low Brass)

Professional Memberships

South Dakota Bandmasters, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, College Band Directors National Association, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary). State Chair, National Band Association.

Work Experience

Director of Bands, Brandon Valley, SD High School; Graduate Teaching Assistant, University Bands, University of Iowa

Creative Activities

Marching band drill design, musical arrangements.

Area(s) of Research

Conducting and Wind Band Literature, Historical research into bands and significant figures in wind band history, Music Education.