Dr. William J. Earvin
Educational Support Manager & Director of HBCU Collective, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Dr. William J. Earvin is currently the Educational Support Manager for the Southeast Region at Conn-Selmer, Inc. in the Division of Education. He is also the Director of the HBCU Collective, A Conn-Selmer Community that engages Music Educators associated with the 107 institutions categorized as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Dr. Earvin later pursued his graduate studies at Mississippi Valley State University where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2006) earned his Doctor of Education degree from Northcentral University specializing in Higher Education Leadership (2019).
Under the baton of Dr. Earvin, ensembles consistently earned Superior and Excellent Ratings at GMEA and LMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. The groups have also been selected to perform at numerous regional and national performances. Dr. Earvin has been honored as an “Outstanding Music Educator” by the Berklee College of Music (2009) and a “Distinguished Music Educator” by the Yale University School of Music (2013).
Dr. Earvin most recently served as the Interim Coordinator of Professional Development for the City of Baker School System, after a successful tenure as Director of Bands at Baker High School in Baker, LA. At Baker High School, notable performances included the “WorldStrides OnStage” Festival in Dallas, TX, and the Music for All Affiliate - Louisiana Concert Band Invitational in Lafayette, LA. In 2018, the Baker High School Symphonic Band performed in the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Earvin was also recognized as Teacher of the Year at Baker High School in 2018.
Dr. Earvin’s career includes tenures in Higher Education as an Academic Advisor (MDCC) and as an Outreach Recruiter/Advisor for the TRiO Educational Talent Search Program at Southern University (SUBR). He currently serves as a part-time faculty member for the TRiO Upward Bound Programs at SUBR. Dr. Earvin recently worked as the Vice President of Education Programs and Development for the Devmusic Company, LLC and is one of the founders of REACH Through Music, Inc. His music business and sales background also include management tenures at Mars Music, Inc. and the RadioShack Corporation. Dr. Earvin has presented numerous professional development sessions and in-services. He facilitates workshops in his local school district as well as districts throughout the country. Notably, he has presented at the Louisiana Association for Student Assistance Programs Conference, The Midwest Clinic and the Music for All Summer Symposium.
While maintaining a loving family environment, career goals, and a passion for music and educational research, Dr. Earvin is actively involved in numerous civic and professional organizations; the Louisiana Association for Student Assistance Programs, the Louisiana Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, the National Band Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a charter member of the Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association, and is a member of the Music for All Urban Education and Advocacy in Action Advisory Committees. He is also a founding member of the Minority Band Directors National Association. In 2020, Dr. Earvin was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi and The Golden Key Honor Societies. He was also selected as the Band Instruction Lead for the Country Music Association Foundation’s United Voices for Music Education initiative. Dr. Earvin and his lovely wife Tamesha are the proud parents of four talented children.
Dr. O'Neill Sanford
Clinician, Instrumental Music Education Consultant, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Mr. O’Neill Sanford has recently retired as Director of Bands at Jackson State University. Since becoming a music educator in 1965, he has held a number of positions to include the following: Visiting Professor of Music, Principal Recruiter and Director of Bands, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississipi; Sevier High School, Ferriday, LA; Director of Bands, Marching Band Arranger, and Trombone Instructor, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS; Director of Bands, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA; Symphonic Band and Marching Band Director, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Director of Bands, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; and Director of Bands at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. While at Norfolk State, Sanford also served as the Chairman of the Department of Music. Mr. Sanford earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA; Master of Music Education, Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, IL; and Studied Jazz Composition with composer and arranger, Thad Jones, Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Conservatory of Music, Mexico City, Mexico; has served as Conductor of “The Youth All-American Band” in Spain, England and Greece, as well as serving as a guest conductor, clinician and performer on tours throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Sanford’s works for the marching band, jazz ensemble and concert band are performed throughout the United States and Europe. The St. Paul Civic Orchestra commissioned his work, " Lift Every Voice ", for orchestra and choir. He wrote The Bicentennial Fanfare for the University of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial, "Pitt is It!" - a spirit song; The Chancellors March and his 1991 composition, “The President’s March”, which was performed by the United States Navy Band, and is currently performed throughout the United States.
He is the Founder of the HBCU National Band Directors' Consortium and served as the President for fourteen consecutive years, and is Founder and Chief Organizer of the HBCU-"Battle Fest" (Battle of the Bands).