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Scott HumphriesScott Humphries is a native of Alleghany County, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University in 1989. He received a two-year Graduate Assistantship at Virginia Tech from 1994-1996, where he worked primarily with the 350-member Marching Virginians. While at Virginia Tech, he was an assistant conductor for the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the director for the Hokie's Men's Basketball Pep Band, and assisted with the University Symphony Band. He also taught piano and ear training. Currently, he is continuing his work on a DMA from Boston University

As an educator, Humphries taught middle school and high school band in Virginia, where he significantly grew and improved several programs in the southwest and western highland regions. He was an assistant with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2008, where he directed the winds and percussion, in addition to working with the string section. He also was an adjunct faculty member for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, where he taught music history. He taught at the Virginia Tech Summer Music Camp from 1994-2009, listed as one of the top 200 summer youth activities in the country.

Humphries has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his research. He has presented research at the VMEA Convention, the Music Educators National Conference Convention, and has been published in the international research journal Psychology of Music. Mr. Humphries is an active judge and clinician throughout the state of Virginia. His concert band and wind ensemble compositions have been published by MSB Publishing and Stephen Melillo.

Humphries is currently an assistant professor and the Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Education at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. He is also the conductor for the MU Symphonic Band and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, a semi-professional community/college collaboration now in its 81st season. In 2011, he was appointed as the principal conductor for the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, and continues to serve in this capacity.  He resides in Huntington, Indiana, with his wife Paige and two daughters, Brooke and Christen.