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Dr. Michael Magruder

Dr. Michael Magruder 

Dr.  Michael Magruder
Professor of Music/Director of Bands

Dr. Michael Magruder is a native of Jackson, Mississippi where he graduated from William B. Murrah High School in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jackson State University in 1977, a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University in 1979 and the Doctor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Pedagogy from the University of Mississippi in 2001. 

Dr. Magruder began his teaching career as the band director of Sadie V. Thompson Jr. High School in Natchez, Mississippi. He was also the Director of Bands at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Magruder spent ten years in the public schools of New Orleans, Louisiana as the Band Director at L.B. Landry Junior Senior High School.  He also served as an Assistant Professor of Music/Associate Director of Bands at Jackson State University from 1993-2004.

Dr. Magruder performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Wind Symphony and many small ensembles.  An accomplished clarinetist, Dr. Magruder enjoys the art of making music.

Dr. Magruder assumed the duties of Director of Bands at Winston-Salem State University in the fall of 2004.  A competent arranger, conductor, educator, performer, rehearsal technician and band master, Dr. Magruder has served as a clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country. 

Since his arrival at Winston-Salem State University, the "Red Sea of Sound" Marching Band has received numerous awards and countless recognition for outstanding performances.  The band has performed with noted artist such as Donald Lawrence and Gerald Albright.  In addition, the "Red Sea of Sound" performed at the Honda Battle of the Bands in January of 2008 and again in January 2011.

Dr. Magruder is a member of various organizations including:  (1) Intercollegiate Music Association, (IMA) President-Elect, (2) HBCU National Band Directors Consortium (HBCU-NBDC), (3) Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, (4) Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, and (5) the Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Magruder is married to Stephanie H. Magruder, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. They are members of Mt. Pleasant MBC in W-S, NC.  Dr. Magruder and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters, Brittany, Rachel, and Arielle.  Dr. Magruder also has a son Michael, who is married and has two daughters, Montoria and Mikaila Tripp.

Contact Information

Office: (336) 750-2527
Email: magruderm@wssu.edu

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601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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