TONY SAWYER is Director of Bands at Elon University. In 1993, Mr. Sawyer received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University and in 1995 he earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Arizona University. He has performed in Arizona with the Flagstaff Symphony and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra, in Georgia with the Macon Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Cobb Symphony, Rialto Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and in North Carolina with the Elon Chamber Orchestra and the Durham Choral Society. Mr. Sawyer was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a bass line member (1981) and a member of the snare line (1982-1985). He also served as the front ensemble (pit) arranger and instructor for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993.
Marching Band - MUS 109
Wind Ensemble (Phoenix Winds) - MUS 101
Introduction to Music Technology - MUS 210
Applied Lessons (drum set)
Percussion Methods (Music Education)
Orchestration and Arranging
Currently working on a song writing collaborative project with freshman Music Production and Recording Arts major Jack Garno. The full album-length project is all material based partly on Sawyer and Garno's passion for the music of progressive rock, and for mutual interest for current artists like Steven Wilson (Bass Communion, Porcupine Tree, and collaborations with Opeth's singer/guitarist Mikael Arkenfeldt). The project is in progress with songs being written collaboratively by Sawyer and Garno with a tentative release date of spring/summer 2014.