James Standland

Assistant Director of Bands, Assistant Teaching Professor of Music

About University Bands


Dr. Standland recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degree at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has taught middle school and high school bands in Florida for seventeen years and holds B.M.E., M.M.E., and D.M.A. degrees from Southern Miss, where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo and Dr. Steven R. Moser.

Dr. Standland’s bands have excelled in marching and concert festivals and competitions, earning superior ratings for fourteen of the past seventeen years of his career. He was awarded the Band Enrollment Award by the Florida Bandmasters Association in 1995 and again in 1999. His bands have been invited to perform at the inaugural parade of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the New Years Day Parade in London, England. In 1999, Dr. Standland was inducted into the prestigious American School Band Directors Association. Other professional affiliations include the National Band Association, where he served on the Marching Band Activities Committee, and the Florida Bandmasters Association, where he served as the District 2 Small Schools Honor Band coordinator. He has been a concert, marching, and solo and ensemble adjudicator in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. In 2005, Standland traveled to Italy where he conducted the Italian Army Band in Rome. In 2006, Standland was the Director of The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. During that year, The Pride was extended an invitation to perform during an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin where the Packers played the St. Louis Rams. Standland negotiated the trip, which resulted in the Packers paying for a charter flight to Green Bay.

Dr. Standland lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with his wife, Carol Weatherford-Standland and their three children, Drew, Tyler, and Laura Lee.