Director of University Bands - Rutgers University
Darryl J. Bott’s duties include direct oversight of the band program at the university level, conducting the Wind Ensemble, and teaching courses in music education—including graduate and undergraduate instrumental conducting. Since 2005, Bott has established programs such as a regional Concert Band Festival and the Mason Gross “Artist in Residence” series, featuring guest artists such as Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, H. Robert Reynolds, Edward Lisk, Mallory Thompson, Jerry Junkin, James Keane, and Dennis Fisher. Bott also serves as the artistic director of the Extension Division Wind and Chamber Camp held at Mason Gross every summer.
A 30-year teaching veteran of the public schools in New Jersey, Bott served 17 years as director of bands at Roxbury High School and district lead teacher for performing arts before accepting the position at Rutgers in 2005. His concert and jazz programs over the years have performed with artists such as Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Lionel Hampton, Thad Jones, Fred Mills, Eddie Daniels, the Boston Brass, Steve Fidick, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Bill Watrous, and Chris Vadala. During Bott’s tenure, Roxbury High School commissioned two major symphonies for wind band including Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr’s Symphony #3 JFK and the British composer Robert Farnon’s Wind Symphony: The Gaels. The program at Roxbury continues to grow: in December 2008 it was selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Bott has received several teaching awards during his career in public education including the New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Award, the Morris County Teacher’s Recognition Award, and the Roxbury High School nominee for the Princeton University Teaching Award. He has also received the New Jersey Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award. Bott has conducted the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, Ohio District Band, New York Area All-State, the New Jersey Region I, II & III Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, the North Jersey Area Symphonic Band, many state county bands, and the Region I Jazz Ensemble on two occasions. He also has been an active member of NJMEA; he has managed and hosted All-State and Region I ensembles and has served as the band division chair for Region I on two separate occasions. He also served as the first chair of the NJMEA Concert Band Festival and Gala Concert. He received his masters in wind conducting from Rutgers University as a student of William Berz.