Dr. Bruce H. Frazier joined the faculty of Western's music department in 1998 as the first recipient of the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship in Commercial and Electronic Music. The Academy of Television Arts and Science have twice recognized him for his contributions to dramatic underscore and sound mixing for television programs. He also has been nominated for several Emmys for his role as music editor on the TV series “Quantum Leap,” and a Golden Reel nomination for his work on “JAG.” In addition to composing and editing, he also uses his talents in music technology, particularly in MIDI synthesis and the recording arts.

Frazier holds the bachelor's and master's degrees in music, both from East Carolina University, and the doctorate in music from the University of Southern California, where he studied conducting with James Vail and Rodney Eichenberger.

In addition to his professional work as conductor for television and film, Frazier was the orchestra director and arranger for country singer Loretta Lynn for more than a decade. He has conducted for other artists including Ronnie Milsap and Mac Davis. Frazier was the music coordinator for “Dolly,” the ABC TV series starring singer Dolly Parton.

Dr. Frazier’s hobbies include the graphic arts--print making and painting, and going for hikes along the many trails in beautiful Western North Carolina.

Jon Henson is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University. Some of his primary duties are to instructor and arrange for the rhythm section or "Soul Train" and the front ensemble. Some of Jon's other duties include the management of all aspects of the "Pride of the Mountains" electronics as well as developing media for the band program. He also works with the "Pride of the Mountains" two “Cathouse Bands.” Within the School of Music Jon teaches courses in Music Technology and Commercial and Electronic Music. Mr. Henson has been a guest presenter for many functions including the National Collegiate Athletic Band Symposium, the North Carolina Music Educators Annual Conference and also the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Conference. Jon has been a consultant for many articles referring to technology in the marching arts including “Halftime Magazine” and also the MENC magazine “Teaching Music”.

During the spring semester Jon serves as Director and Arranger for "Electric Soul". This ensemble consists of Vocalist, Horns, and a full Rhythm Section performing music from the 70's to the music of today! This ensemble tours annually and recently performed at the Roanoke Festival Park in Manteo, NC.

In 2009 the “Pride of the Mountains” was presented the Sudler Trophy, the highest award recognized by collegiate marching bands. Outside of the "Pride of the Mountains" Jon is a sought after percussion writer, adjudicator, and instructor for bands across the South East. He has also taught in various public school music programs in Western North Carolina including North Buncombe High School and Tuscola High School. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 Jon has served as an Assistant Director and front ensemble arranger of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He earned both his BSEd and MAEd degrees in music from Western Carolina University. Jon is a member of MENC, PAS, CBDNA, and is a Vic Firth, Remo, Zildjian and Yamaha endorsed artist.

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