Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

James Bane

Lecturer, Music Education

James Bane holds degrees from the Ohio State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case-Western Reserve University and the National Conservatory of Music (Mexico). He also attended Cleveland State University as a post-graduate student in education. His conducting teachers were Dr. Donald McGinnis, Reuben Caplan, Marcel Dick and James Levine. He served as an Associate Conductor under Dr. Clifton Williams and Dr. John Wakefield for the All-American Youth Honor Band for four years and conducted in England, Greece, Russia and Italy. He served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Great Britain, Europe and the Soviet Union. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC). He received the Cleveland Institute of Music Silver Circle of Alumni Award in 1995, was selected jazz educator of the year at the Lakeland Jazz Festival in 1996, received a special recognition award at the Tri-C Jazz Fest in 2001, is listed several times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and his biography is published in numerous editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America. He spent the last twenty-seven years of his full-time teaching career as Director of Instrumental Music at Cleveland Heights High School where he conducted Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. He retired from public school teaching in 2001 after thirty-five successful years of service. He taught at Hiram College from 2001-2009, where he conducted Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, taught instrumental music education classes, music technology classes, supervised student teachers majoring in music education and was the faculty advisor for the Terrier Sound Marching Band. He joined the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music adjunct faculty in 2010 and has taught Introduction to Conducting, Instrumental Conducting and supervises student teachers majoring in instrumental music education.

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