Conductors

Craig Mason, Musical Director

Mason

Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught Band, Choir, theater, music theory, jazz, marching band, and chamber ensembles in public and private schools, as well as at the university, collegiate, and adult level.

Craig has extensive experience with jazz education and a rich history with the drum and bugle corps genre, dating back to 1976. He was a performer and teacher for the Madison Scouts until 1992, taught several music ensembles in Europe, and is actively involved with the Madison Scouts Alumni Association.

Craig was selected for the Kohl Fellowship in 1989 and has been selected for Who’s Who in America’s Teachers numerous times, as well as being selected for Who’s Who in America, and has been selected as the most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Craig has taught many band clinics, judges marching band contests and solo & ensemble festivals. He is a published composer and has arranged and composed for many marching bands, concert bands, chamber ensembles, brass bands, and drum and bugle corps around the United States, Europe and Japan. Currently he is the conductor for the Madison Brass Band, which won the 2012 NABBA 2nd section championship, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he also writes drill for marching bands.

Craig is also an active performer with the Brass Knuckles Brass Quintet, The Craig Mason Combo, and the Madison Neophonic Orchestra.

Nathan Pierce, Conductor

Pierce

Mr. Nathan J.W. Pierce is currently the Director of Bands at Milton High School where he conducts the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and numerous smaller chamber ensembles. He also gives 7th and 8th grade instrumental lessons at Milton Middle School. Before his appointment at Milton, Mr. Pierce taught at DeForest High School for three years, Baldwin-Woodville High School for five years, and in the Weston School District for two years. Mr. Pierce keeps active in the competitive high school marching band venue with his own school as well as having been on the staff of numerous high school marching bands throughout Wisconsin including Sauk Prairie High School, Columbus High School, and Stoughton High School. He has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers three times.

He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 1998. While at the university he studied trumpet with John Aley, studied conducting with James Smith, and played in numerous ensembles including the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, University Band, Brass Choir, and the Trumpet Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Pierce was a four-year member of the UW Marching Band.

Mr. Pierce keeps active as a performing musician around the Madison area as a member of the Madison Brass Band where currently serves as Assistant Music Director and has played Eb Soprano Cornet, Bb Cornet, Flugelhorn, BBb Bass, and Percussion.  He also performs with the Madison Wind Ensemble where he has played Trumpet, Tuba, Percussion, and Baritone Saxophone.  He has previously played both Tenor Horn and Bb Cornet with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band in Red Wing, MN. Mr. Pierce serves on the board of directors of the University of Wisconsin School of Music Alumni Association as Vice President and chairman of the Scholarship Committee. In addition to conducting and playing with the Madison Brass Band, he has done several musical arrangements for the ensemble.

Mr. Pierce currently lives in DeForest, WI with his wife Amy and their dog Bucky.