Dr. Wesley Broadnax, Principal Conductor
Wesley J. Broadnax is Associate Professor of Music/Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO), where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and guides all aspects of the wind band and graduate wind conducting programs. Prior to his appoint at UNC, he held similar appointments at Drexel University, University of Delaware, California State University-East Bay, and Michigan State University. He is also Assistant Conductor of the Newark Symphony Orchestra (Delaware). He is also Co-Artistic Director of the International Music Project (IMP), an organization consisting of American & Italian conductors/composers devoted to the promotion and performance of wind band/chamber music.
Dr. Broadnax maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, both nationally and internationally. He is a strong advocate of new music and has won the praises of several composers, including Joseph Schwantner, David Maslanka, Michael Weinstein, Dana Wilson, Jere Hutcheson, Joel Puckett, Nicholas Vasallo, Marko Bajzer, Angelo Sormani, Raphael Fusco, Alvin Singleton, Luigi Zaninelli, and Eric Sessler. He has participated in the Pierre Boulez Symposium on 20th Century Contemporary Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the focal work being the composer’s Le Marteau Sans Matre, with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 2002, Dr. Broadnax completed a four-week residency as a conducting fellow at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and served as guest conductor for the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert series in Spring 2005. As a bass trombonist, Dr. Broadnax has performed with several ensembles, including the Capitol City Brass Trio, West Shore Symphony Orchestra (Muskegon, MI), Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Grand Rapids, MI), Mission Chamber Orchestra (San Jose, CA), and Silicon Valley Symphony Orchestra (Los Gatos, CA).
Dr. Broadnax has served as the Principal Conductor of the Colorado Brass since May, 2021.