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Glenn Hayes
Professor, Professor (Sv)

  • Department(s): Music
  • Office Location: Greenhill Center Of The Arts 2008
  • Phone: (262) 472-1337
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Director: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Warhawk Marching Band


B.M.E. Central Michigan University; M.M. Northwestern University; Ph.D. Northwestern University


            Glenn C. Hayes is in his thirty-fourth year as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, University/Community Band and the Warhawk Marching Band. Dr. Hayes' teaching areas include graduate and undergraduate conducting, wind literature, secondary instrumental music methods, student teacher supervision and marching band techniques. His previous teaching positions include Moorhead (MN) State University, Bowling Green (OH) State University, Greater Muskegon (MI) Catholic Schools and Grand Blanc (MI) Community High School.

            Under his guidance, the UW-W band program has received international, national and regional acclaim for excellence in performance both in the concert hall and on the marching field. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed by invitation at conventions of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, College Band Directors National Conference and the National Association for Music Education. On February 20, 2013, Dr. Hayes led the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance at Carnegie Hall to great acclaim - the first Wisconsin university band to perform in the legendary venue. That performance led to an invited performance at Symphony Center in Chicago as the featured ensemble for the 2014 Chicago International Music Festival. SWE returned to Carnegie Hall on March 10, 2020 - again receving a standing/cheering ovation.  Prominent composers and guest conductors have acclaimed the ensemble for exquisite musical sensitivity.  In addition to a firm comitment to the standard literature, Dr. Hayes is a proponent of contemporary wind literature including works with electronic sounds, video and audio enhancment.  The Warhawk Marching Band, "Wisconsin's Finest", is known for being a leader in the contemporay marching band world.  WMB has performed twelve times for the Green Bay Packers, three times for the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day ceremonies and hosts the Wisconsin State Marching Band Championships.

            Dr. Hayes has presented at international, national, regional and state music conferences on topics ranging from ensemble development, sensitivity of performance, literature selection and conducting. He has been an instructor at various workshops and served as a consultant to school districts throughout the Midwest. Dr. Hayes is a Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division and a member of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee.      

            Dr. Hayes has conducted and adjudicated throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has given hundreds of clinics for high school and middle school bands. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter, Elizabeth A. H. Green and Norman C. Dietz. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his graduate degrees from Northwestern University.

Classes Taught

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Univeristy/Community Band, Warhawk Marching Band, Secondary Instrumental Methods, Marching Band Techniques, Student Teacher Supervision and Field Study Supervision.