John Madden Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands


  • Conducting
  • Music Education

118 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-7650


Professor of Music, John T. Madden serves the Michigan State University College of Music as associate director of bands and and conductor of the MSU Symphony Band. Additionally, he teaches advanced instrumental conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has previously taught courses on marching band techniques. He has served on the MSU faculty since the fall of 1989. Madden received the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow Award for Excellence in Teaching from the MSU College of Music in 2014. He was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in March of 2008.

Prior to coming to MSU, Madden served as associate director of bands in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his master of music education (MME) and master's of wind conducting degrees (MM) from Wichita State University, where he served as graduate teaching assistant to the university bands.  Madden is a 1985 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music, where he received his bachelor of music education (BME) 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 2013, he served as a rehearsal lab clinician at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and again in 2004, presenting a clinic session, entitled "From Carnegie Hall to the 50-yard Line: Approaching Concert and Marching Ensembles with the Same Vision.” Madden has presented similar clinics at both the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Athletic Bands Symposium as well as the Michigan Music Conference (MMC). In 2000, the MSU Symphony Band was selected to perform at the North Central Divisional Conference of the CBDNA in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In 2011, the MSU Symphony Band was chosen to perform at the MMC at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.

Madden is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and has served that organization as 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 past 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, Golden Key Honor Society, and MSU’s Varsity “S” Alumni Club. As an adjudicator, he maintains numerous associations with judging organizations around the United States. 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. He 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.