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Dr. Wally Parks

Dr. Wally Parks, Director
- Wally Parks received his bachelors and masters in music performance from Illinois State University (ISU) and was conferred the degree of Ed.D. in music education from the University of Houston. Dr. Parks served a one-year appointment as instructor of percussion at ISU prior to his tenure as Assistant Professor of Music at Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas) where he was the percussion head and assistant band director. He arrived at Metamora Township High School in 1991 where he now directs the Metamora Wind Ensemble and the steel band program.

Under the direction of Dr. Parks, the instrumental music program at Metamora has been established as one of the most comprehensive and finest programs in the state of Illinois. The Metamora music program is a leader in offering a broad curriculum that includes traditional band offerings as well as general music classes that are designed to reach a broad range of students from beginners to advanced students. Dr. Parks has been instrumental in the continued success of the Annual Metamora Parade and Field Invitational; one of the largest and oldest high school marching band competitions in Illinois. He also established and directs the Metamora Concert Band Festival, a non-competitive festival offering bands a state of art performance facility as well as clinics by nationally known composers, college band directors, and music educators.

His ensembles have made several appearances at the IMEA All-State Convention including performaces by the Metamora Wind Ensemble, percusion ensembles and two clinics by the Metamora HS steel band, one in collaboration with the Western Illinois University (WIU) Steel Band. The Metamora Wind Ensemble has been honored to be invited to the Western Illinois University ‘Showcase of Bands, The 52nd Annual Band Music Reading and Director’s Clinic at Bowling Green State University, and the ensemble is the 2009 Class 2A winners at the State of Illinois Concert Band Festival. Over his tenure at Metamora, Dr. Parks has provided a platform for his students to work with composers such as David Maslanka to Robert Sheldon to college band directors such as Frank Wickes and Bruce Moss.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Parks has had a long and varied career as a musician beginning in drum and bugle corps, as a jazz pianist and vibist, and as an orchestral and freelance musician with various orchestras and ensembles from the east coast to Illinois to Texas and back. Dr. Parks first studied conducting with Joel Thome (Glassboro State College) and later studied score preparation with Eddie Green at the University of Houston.

Dr. Parks is a much sought after clincian and adjudicator for local and state contests. He is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Assocation (currently District 3 President-Elect), MENC, NBA and in addition to his band affliations, Dr. Parks is a long-time member of the Percussive Arts Society.