Don Bowyer • Musician

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Since retiring from a full-time career in higher education in July 2021, Don Bowyer (b. 1958) continues to be active composing and performing, presenting master classes and recitals, and serving as a consultant on matters from accreditation to curricular development and higher ed administration. One of his compositions, Lockdown Themes, was recorded in 2022 by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Academically, Bowyer served as a Visiting Professor in the College of Music at the University of the Philippines in 2022. His last full-time position was as Professor of Music and Dean of the School of Arts at Sunway University (Malaysia). Having previously served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University (USA) and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (USA), Bowyer has taught at every level from pre-kindergarten through PhD in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sweden, and Malaysia. He received his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts from California State University-Northridge, and Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Active in the fields of composition, music technology, and performance, Bowyer has published more than 100 pieces of music, developed an educational computer program that has been used in at least 120 countries, and has performed as a trombonist in nearly 50 countries. Among other performing credits, he spent five years playing trombone on eleven cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska. The first ten didn’t sink. (See this link for an account of the eleventh.)

Bowyer and his wife have also served as foster parents, having provided a home to eighteen foster children between 2003 and 2010.

Arts & Education Writings

We Need the Arts Now More than Ever

05 October 2020

The Arts are a vital part of how humanity copes with crisis: by communicating human emotion through creative activities. There is something cathartic about the shared artistic experience that transcends all artificial boundaries, be they political, racial, or otherwise. Ultimately, we are all human.… [more]

Creative Arts Degrees for 21st-Century Careers

02 December 2019

Universities do a great deal more than teaching, as reflected through the fact that academic staff at the typical university are expected to engage in teaching, research, and service. It is through these activities that higher education benefits society at large: providing the transmission, discovery, and application of … [more]

Audience Participation in Classical Music

08 March 2019

Introducing the element of chance by allowing the audience to influence a performance: Aleatoric or “chance” music has existed in one form or another in western art music for centuries, having become something of a staple of Modern Music of the 20th and 21st centuries. One 18th century … [more]

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Rocket City Trombone Christmas

17 December 2022

The Rocket City Trombones, a community trombone ensemble, performed music by Don Bowyer in a concert on 17 December 2022… [more]


14 December 2022

Don Bowyer presented his composition Improvisatory Images as part of the online IMPAC2022 conference… [more]

Rocket City Trombones

05 November 2022

The Rocket City Trombones, a community trombone ensemble, performed music by Don Bowyer in a concert on 05 November 2022… [more]

CD Release

28 October 2022

Navona Records released Sparks: Eye of London on 28 October 2022. The CD includes Don Bowyer's composition Lockdown Themes performed by The London Symphony Orchestra… [more]

Alabama Jazz Collective

22 August 2022

Don Bowyer performed with the Alabama Jazz Collective… [more]

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