Director of Fine Arts
Alan Dust currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts in the Windham School District, a position he has held since July 2016. As Director of Fine Arts, Alan oversees the K-12 Music, Visual Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technical Arts Departments in the Windham School District. In addition to this, he is also the Director of the Concert Band and Honors Winds Ensembles.
Prior to Windham, Alan began his career in Ithaca, NY at Ithaca College, where he taught the Percussion Methods Courses as a part of his assistantship for his Master’s program. In 2008, he moved to Wisconsin, where was the director of bands at Shorewood Intermediate School and assisted with the high school marching and pep bands. In 2009, Alan was appointed Director of Instrumental Music for the Northern Ozaukee School District, where he oversaw the entire 5-12 instrumental music program. In 2011, Alan became the Director of Bands for Port Washington High School, where he spent a total of five years directing two concert bands, one curricular jazz ensemble, AP Music Theory, Pep Band, Marching Band, 16 various chamber ensembles, and private lessons. During his time in Wisconsin, Alan toured with various ensembles around Wisconsin and various other venues throughout locations such as Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Florida, and Italy.
Alan has been an active member in the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is currently also a member of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association (NHMEA). In consecutive years, Alan received the honor of “Top 10” teacher in his district, an award of which he was nominated by students. In 2016, Alan was nominated by various parents, students, colleagues, and administration for an Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award. Throughout his time in Wisconsin, Alan guest conducted the Central Lakeshore Honors Band, the Air Force Band of Mid America, and at various other schools in the Southeast Wisconsin Area. He has collaborated with many professional musicians, composers, and college professors to work with his students individually, in small groups, for master classes, and collaborate through performances. In 2011, Alan spoke at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic about his professional experiences for Dr. Elizabeth Peterson’s presentation on her new book, “The Music Teacher’s First Year.”
Alan Graduated Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Percussion. In 2008, he received his Master of Music degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Percussion. During this time, he also guest conducted the Ithaca College Campus Band, Percussion Ensembles, Brass Choir, and was an assistant for the Music Technology and Music Field Experience courses. Alan has also completed various coursework at Cardinal Stritch University towards the degree of Master of Science in Educational Leadership.