Herbert E. Dregalla, Jr., Ph.D.
University Hall 280B
Dr. Herbert E. Dregalla, Jr., Director of Semester Conversion and professor of music, joined the department in August 1998. He has a broad background of training and experience in instrumental music and in music education. A native of Parma, Ohio, Dregalla taught in Ohio, New York, and at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he was department chair and director of bands before coming to Wright State.
He holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College, the Manhattan School of Music, and Case Western Reserve University. From 1969 to 1971, Dregalla served in the U. S. Army as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, N. Y. In 1984, Baldwin-Wallace College awarded him its Conservatory Alumni Award for achievements in music and music education.
His bands have performed all over the United States, including numerous performances at Nebraska State Music conventions. He has commissioned and premiered new works by Robert Jager, Boyd Bacon, Randall Snyder, and James Barnes. He is a former clarinetist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He toured the state under the sponsorship of the Nebraska Arts Council, both as a clarinet soloist and as a member of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Woodwind Trio.
In 1993 Dregalla was appointed the music director of the Lincoln Municipal Band, a professional band performing in Lincoln with a history of more than 100 years. In August 1994 the Lincoln Municipal Band, under Dregalla's direction, performed a series of concerts in Japan as guests of the government of the city of Matsusaka, Japan. These concerts included two performances at the World Festival Exposition in Japan's Mie prefecture.
From 1986 to 1998, Dregalla was the music director and conductor of the Lincoln Civic Orchestra, a nonprofessional orchestra composed of performers from southeast Nebraska. Dregalla has served on the executive board of both the Nebraska Music Education Association and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association and on the steering committee for the Nebraska Coalition for music education. He is listed in Who's Who in the Midwest.
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