Dr. Michael C. Black holds the title of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Franklin College, in Franklin, Indiana as well as the Artistic Director of the Crossroads Brass Band. His concerts have been hailed as “a classroom on the performance stage” and “highly entertaining.” At Franklin College Dr. Black conducts the Franklin College Wind Ensemble and Franklin College Pep Band, and teaches applied brass, music appreciation, and conducting. Prior to joining the faculty at Franklin College, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for bands at the University of Connecticut and University of Kentucky. He began his conducting career as the Director of Bands at Panama High School in Panama, Oklahoma.
Dr. Black received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind band conducting from the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. Cody Birdwell, and the Master of Music in conducting degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw. Dr. Black began his collegiate studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
Dr. Black is active as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, trumpet player, and community member. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Indiana Music Educators Association, and the College Band Directors National Association, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority, and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity.