By Jewlina Matthews, Contributing Writer
As the 2015 fall semester begins, the WLU bands are adapting due to new and exciting changes. In the Summer of 2014, Dr. Matthew Inkster, director of instrumental activities and trumpet instructor had the opportunity to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic and recently, Dr. Matthew Inkster accepted the visiting professor position at Ithaca College. Dr. Mathew Inkster continues to conduct the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sundays, while Professor Patrick Garrett has assumed his other duties at West Liberty University.
Professor Patrick Garrett is the acting director of bands at West Liberty University and has taken on a full load this semester. Professor Garrett expressed how happy and honored he is that his colleagues and bosses believe he has the ability to act as director of bands this year. In addition to being the music education specialist and trombone specialist; Professor Garrett has a hand in budgeting for the wind ensemble, scheduling, inventory, library, programming, recruiting, and conducting the Wind Ensemble.