Music Director/Principal Conductor

Mark V. Deal was appointed the sixth Music Director and Principal Conductor of the National Concert Band of America in August 2016. Mr. Deal is a native of Savannah, GA and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Deal later did doctoral work in conducting at the University of South Carolina. He studied with multi-Grammy Award winning conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Robert Spano, as well as Harold Farberman, Yoel Levi, and Dr. Donald Portnoy. Currently Mr. Deal is a Music Educator in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Mr. Deal has conducted a variety of ensembles including the Kingsport Symphony (TN), Western Piedmont Symphony (NC), Union Symphony Orchestra, and Studio Lyrica Opera Company (Cortona, Italy). Locally, Mr. Deal served as the Assistant Conductor of the McLean Orchestra and the Music Director for multiple productions for the Reston Community Players, The Arlington Players, and The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

In addition to conducting, Mr. Deal is an active french horn performer, and has held positions with the Charleston Symphony (SC), Augusta Symphony (GA), McLean Orchestra (VA), Fairfax Wind Symphony (VA), Washington Savoyards (DC), Shakespeare Opera Company (VA), and the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale (DC). Mr. Deal has also been a guest performer with numerous theaters in the DC Metro area and the National Concert Band of America.

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WILLIAM R. TERRY, Master Chief Musician, USN (Ret.)

Associate Conductor

William R. Terry, Master Chief Musician, USN (Ret.) is a native of Glens Falls, NY and began playing the clarinet in the fifth grade. For 55 years he has been a professional clarinetist, music educator and conductor.

Mr. Terry began his 30-year career as a Navy Musician in 1966 with the position of staff instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA. As part of his duties, Mr. Terry wrote a conducting curriculum and taught the Refresher, Intermediate, and Advanced Band Leader Conducting Courses for Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel. He also founded the School of Music Student Wind Ensemble, which performed quarterly concerts.

In 1977 Mr. Terry was transferred to the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC as a clarinet instrumentalist in the Concert and Ceremonial bands. For 18 years he was the Senior Enlisted Conductor for both of those units. He served five Officer-in-Charge/Leaders and produced several recordings of the Navy Band. After retirement from the Navy in 1996 he established the Director of Admissions and Job Placement Departments at the Omega Studios School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences in Rockville, Maryland and served in those positions until retirement in 2009. In retirement, Mr. Terry remains an adjunct professor with Omega Studios School teaching Music Theory and Career Skills, and a recording studio musician at Omega Studios.


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