(Dr. Ammann is on leave during the 2012-13 academic year)
In the fall of 2011, Dr. Bruce Ammann began his 23rd year as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Ammann also served as Chair of the Music Department from 1993 through 1998 and again during the 2001-2002 school year. Dr. Ammann is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the country. He has directed all-state bands in Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and Rhode Island. He has presented clinics at several state music educators’ conventions along with presenting clinic sessions at a CBDNA Regional Conference, a National MENC Convention and at the Mid-West Band Clinic. He has directed festival bands in Europe and has led the Augustana Band on three successful tours of Asia. Most recently, he led the Band on a record-breaking 22-day tour of Egypt (January 2011).
Prior to his appointment at Augustana College, Dr. Ammann served on the faculties of Arizona State University and the University of Florida. He also taught for eight years in the public schools of Arizona. Dr. Ammann holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from Arizona State University, the Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and the Bachelor of Music Education degree both from the University of Arizona.
In 1996, Dr. Ammann was elected into membership in the American Bandmasters Association and in 2009, he was elected to serve on their Board of Directors. In 1997, he was selected to receive the Outstanding Bandmaster Award for the state of South Dakota. In May 2001, Dr. Ammann was chosen to receive the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award. This is the highest award presented to an Augustana faculty member.
Dr. Ammann is a Past President of the South Dakota Music Educators Association and he currently serves as one of the principal conductors of the Dakota Wind Ensemble.