John Madden Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of the Spartan Marching Band


  • Conducting
  • Music Education

118 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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John T. Madden is the associate director of bands and associate professor of music in the College of Music at Michigan State University. He has held this position since the fall of 1989. Madden is director of the Spartan Marching Band, and conductor of the MSU Symphony Band. He is a frequent guest conductor of the MSU Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds. Additionally, he teaches advanced instrumental conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has previously taught courses on marching band techniques. As director of the Spartan Athletic Bands, Madden supervises all aspects of the Spartan Brass.

Prior to coming to MSU, Madden served as associate director of bands and director of Marching Band at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his master of music education and master’s of wind conducting degrees from Wichita State University, where he also served as graduate teaching assistant to the University Bands. Madden is a 1985 graduate of the Michigan State University, where he received his bachelor of music education degree. His primary conducting teachers and influences include Stanley DeRusha, Richard Blatti, Eugene Corporan, Myles Mazur, and Jay Decker. Madden was chosen twice to participate in the “Rocky Mountain Retreat” for wind conductors, led by H. Robert Reynolds. Madden is active throughout the nation as a guest conductor and conducting clinician, and has conducted MSU ensembles at state, regional, and national conventions, conferences, and symposiums. In December of 2004, he presented a clinic session at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, entitled "From Carnegie Hall to the 50-yard line: Approaching Concert and Marching Ensembles with the Same Vision.” He has presented similar clinics at both the National College Band Directors National Association Athletic Bands Symposium as well as at the Michigan Music Conference. In 2000, the MSU Symphony Band was selected to perform at the North Central Divisional Conference of the CBDNA in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. In 2011, the MSU Symphony Band was chosen to perform at the Michigan Music Conference at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.

Madden is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and has served that organization as the state of Michigan chair and chair of the Athletic Bands Committee. He is a member of the Big Ten Band Directors Association and is a former national vice-president for professional relations, and former north central district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity. He also holds honorary membership in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Golden Key Honor Society. He was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in March of 2008.

As an adjudicator, Madden maintains numerous associations with judging organizations around the United States. His work with community bands includes past conductor and music director of the Lansing Concert Band. He currently serves as the resident conductor of the Symphony Band at the New England Music Camp located in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. Madden has been involved in several professional recording projects as conductor, including the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Additionally, he has released more than 20 commercial recordings with the MSU Spartan Marching Band.

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