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Dr. Dwayne Sagen

Director of Bands
(B.M., M.M. Northwestern University, Ph.D. Iowa)
Dr. Sagen has been Director of Bands at Vanderbilt University since 1986. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Dr. Sagen served as the Asst. Director of Bands and Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Sagen is the author of numerous articles and papers on instrumental education and is very active as a clinician and adjudicator in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Sagen also serves as Assistant Dean of the Blair School of Music.

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Gavin Smith

Assistant Director of Bands
(B.M. Texas Tech, M.M. Kansas State)
Gavin Smith received his Bachelors of Music Education from Texas Tech University. He was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland as well as many other ensembles. In addition, he marched lead soprano for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Smith has taught high school band in Holliday, TX, and received his Masters in Conducting from Kansas State University where he served as a Graduate Assistant with the KSU Bands. Mr. Smith is currently pursuing his Ph. D in Music Education from Ole Miss.

Mr. Smith Assists with the "Spirit of Gold" Marching Band, overseeing the visual and drill design. Along with the marching Band, Mr. Smith Co-directs the basketball pep band. In the Blair School of Music, Mr. Smith is Lecture in Teacher Education and Coordinator of the Music Arts / Teacher Education Graduate Placements.


Cindi Gallagher

Cindi Gallagher has worked at Vanderbilt since 1999. She is a flute and piccolo player and performs at church and with the Vanderbilt Community Concert Band. For assistance with most all band related activities, Mrs. Gallagher is a wealth of information.




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David DePriest

Drumline Instructor

(B.S. Tennessee Tech 1987)
David DePriest received his Bachelors of Music Education from Tennessee Technoligical University. He was a member of the Golden Eagle Marching Band, Cactus Pete Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Trouveres Jazz Ensemble, And the Tech Orchestra. He won the 1983 Concerto Night and performed as marimba soloist with the Tech Community Orchestra. In addition, he marched snare in 1983 and 1985 with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. DePriest, a.k.a Drummy Dave, has taught many area High School drumlines since 1980. He also plays drums with Soul Radics, Milele Roots, a.k.a RUDIE, and the Step Brothers Blues Band.