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KU’s director of bands leaving for similar job at South Carolina

April 14, 2010


Scott Weiss, who has been Kansas University’s director of bands since 2007, is leaving the school to take a similar position at the University of South Carolina.

He will begin his new job in July.

During his tenure, he has grown the KU bands through aggressive recruiting efforts and set up an endowed fund to support the bands’ work financially.

“I have spent a great deal of my time in Kansas on the road,” Weiss said. “I’ve just been beating the bushes and trying to get kids to come out here.”

His efforts have largely been successful, said Marion Roberts, who has been director of bands at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park for 24 years.

“He’s a real loss for the program,” said Roberts, who lives in Lawrence and received his doctorate from KU. “The thing that Scott had done so well was he not only recruited in Kansas, but also recruited nationwide.”

His engaging personality also endeared him to smaller schools in central and western Kansas that typically did not have strong ties to KU, Roberts said.

Weiss said that while he enjoyed his time at KU, the position at South Carolina represented a great professional opportunity, and would be closer to his wife’s family in Georgia.

The KU School of Music has identified a field of candidates to replace Weiss and is conducting interviews.


palmettostar 8 years, 2 months ago

Good luck. I'm originally from SC and not even a Gamecock can beat the Jayhawks :)

KU_cynic 8 years, 2 months ago

Too bad . . . KU bands were heading back in a good direction.

I wonder if he's in some way another casualty of Big Lew?

Tristan Moody 8 years, 2 months ago

KU_cynic: I doubt it. David Clemmer is the one who deals with athletics. KU's music department has been hemorrhaging faculty for quite some time now. Two directors of bands, two directors of athletic bands, two percussion professors, and many more that I know of, in the past 10 years. Athletics has nothing to do with it.

TheOriginalCA 8 years, 2 months ago

David Clemmer is the Marching Band director. It sucks that KU cannot keep band directors. I do know that there have been problems with the Fine Arts administration medalling too much with the band and the athletic department has been awful to the bands for several decades now. It is no wonder that there is so much turnover. Thank God for Mr. Stidham and Mr. Barnes and the instrumental staff.

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