Kevin Poelking, serves as interim assistant director of bands at Colorado State University where he directs the CSU Marching Band and Pep Bands. In addition, Mr. Poelking conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate conducting. He comes to this position after serving as a music instructor on campus and working closely with the CSU band program as a graduate assistant. He has also served as guest conductor of the CSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Opera Orchestra. Before coming to Fort Collins, Mr. Poelking was appointed to a full-time instrumental music teaching position in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) where his programs grew significantly over his five-year tenure. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Poelking has performed as a percussionist with ensembles in the Washington, D.C. metro area while also working with a number of high school marching bands.
In the summer of 2019, Poelking was selected from an international pool of applicants to rehearse and conduct The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in concert where he was awarded the band's medal "For Excellence" by leader and commander Col. Andrew Esch. In 2016, Poelking was appointed the Conducting Fellow with the Montgomery Philharmonic after a six week audition and ensemble vote. Poelking has studied conducting with Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Wes Kenney, and Sandra Ragusa. In addition, he has received instruction from H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Craig Kirchoff, Gary Hill, Kevin Sedatole, and Emily Threinen. As a percussionist, Poelking has performed with the Capital Wind Symphony, the Avanti Orchestra, and the Montgomery Philharmonic at venues including the Kennedy Center, Schlesinger Hall, and the Strathmore Music Center.
Mr. Poelking is an accomplished composer and his works are becoming more frequently performed both nationally and internationally. His music has premiered across the country by professional ensembles, universities, and public schools. Internationally, his compositions have been performed in Romania, France, Spain, and Northern Italy. Recently, Poelking was named winner of the Minot Symphony Orchestra's Composer Competition and winner of the Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition. He was also named “Arranger of the Year” for his work with the University of South Carolina Marching Band.
Mr. Poelking holds a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Performance Certificate (percussion) from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Poelking is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Band Association (NBA), and the American Composers Forum (ACF). He lives in Fort Collins with his wife Caitlin, a respected physician assistant professionally recognized for her work in pediatrics and family medicine.
M.M., Instrumental Conducting (Band); B.M., Music Education