Director of Concert Bands, Music Education
Glendale Community College
Bill Humbert received his Bachelor and Master of Music in Education degrees from Arizona State University. He has been teaching band in Arizona for 30 years, and is currently in his 18th year as the Director of Concert Bands at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. His duties at the college include serving as the director of the concert band program, coordinating and teaching the instrumental music education program, as well as, teaching courses in conducting, music theory, applied trumpet, and chamber music ensembles. Under his direction, the band program at GCC has tripled in size. Additionally, Mr. Humbert teaches music education courses at Ottawa University-Arizona, and serves as the liaison between Glendale Community College and Ottawa University-Arizona in their Music Education Partnership
In addition to his duties at Glendale Community College, Mr. Humbert is active throughout the country as a clinician and adjudicator in the areas of concert band, marching band, jazz band, and orchestra. He is the Director of Pinnacle Leadership, which provides student leadership and motivational workshops throughout the country for collegiate, high school, junior high, and middle school students. Additionally, he is the Director of the Arizona Leadership Conference, a summer leadership program for high school music students, and is a member of the teaching staff of the California Leadership Academy.
The Arizona Music Educator’s Association in 2013 honored Mr. Humbert as the Arizona Music Educator of the Year, and also honored him with the Careers in Music Award in 2016. Additionally, he has been a recipient of the American School Band Director’s Association Distinguished Band Director’s Award, as well as, the recipient of the George C. Wilson Leadership Service Award from the Arizona Music Educator’s Association. Mr. Humbert is a Charter Member of the Arizona Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmasters Fraternity and has also has served in many leadership positions throughout Arizona. He currently serves as the Immediate Past-President for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, as well as, serving on the ABODA State Festival Adjudication Committee.
Mr. Humbert's leadership workshops focus on establishing the definition that leadership is not a title or position of authority; instead, leadership is humility with the end goal of leading others to surpass yourself. Great leaders focus on shifting followers to become self-motivated leaders. Mr. Humbert's workshops will help your students understand that in order to achieve high levels of performance, they have to step forward and get the job done.
The popular "How Do I Fix That" session provides instant feedback to common rehearsal and performance challenges. Bill Humbert and the GCC Symphonic Winds will perform varied music scenarios and challenge the participants to identify and solve rehearsal and performance issues. Solution driven commentary and problem solving are the keys to success with our ensembles. This session will be a "must attend" for all ensemble directors no matter what grade level is taught.
Each workshop is built and developed to fit the needs of your program. Bill will create a seminar about the success and challenges that you meet every day with your students. The workshop will focus on your specific concerns and address a pathway to success and improvement. This workshop is a great way to kick off the school year or energize your group before a big event or at the mid-point of the semester.