Timothy Rhea

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Timothy Rhea
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Timothy Rhea (right) participating in a dancing activity at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany May 2007, featuring traditional German costumes.
Born Timothy Brett Rhea
(1967-06-18) June 18, 1967 (age 50)
Other names Tim Rhea
Timothy B. Rhea
Occupation Director of Bands, Texas A&M University
Conductor, Texas A&M Wind Symphony
Director, Fightin' Texas Aggie Band
President, American Bandmasters Association
Years active 1993—present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Rhea (m. 2001)
Website Texas A&M faculty bio

Dr. Timothy Rhea (born June 18, 1967) is the Director of Bands at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Rhea is the conductor of the Texas A&M Wind Symphony and the director of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Additionally, he is the administrative head of the instrumental music department and contributing composer and arranger for all Texas A&M Band Department Ensembles.[1][2] As of March 2016, he is the President of the American Bandmasters Association.[3] He previously served as the President-Elect prior to becoming the President of the association.

Early life and education[edit]

Rhea attended high school in De Kalb, Texas, graduating from DeKalb High School in 1983. He received a Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas, privately studying conducting under Eldon A. Janzen. Later, he earned a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, he studied with James Sudduth, served as an assistant conductor for the University Symphonic Band, and served as a graduate assistant director and musical arranger for the Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland. In May 1999, Rhea received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston.[1]

Tenure at Texas A&M[edit]

Timothy Rhea conducts the Texas A&M Wind Symphony during a light concert in Munich, Germany, May 2007.
Timothy Rhea poses with the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, October 2006.

Rhea joined the Texas A&M University band staff in June 1993. In 1995, He was named conductor of the Texas A&M Symphonic Band, which would later be renamed as the Texas A&M Wind Symphony. Rhea eventually became the Director of Bands of Texas A&M on June 1, 2002.[1] Timothy Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony at the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association conventions. Upon several occasions, he has toured with the band throughout the state of Texas, including performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the Wortham Center in Houston, as well as San Antonio and Austin.[2] Rhea then began conducting the Wind Symphony in Europe in 1999, subsequently returning in 2001, 2004, and 2007. Currently, under his direction, the band has performed concerts in England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic.[1][2] Timothy Rhea, with the Wind Symphony, has released a six volume march series, entitled "Legacy of the March"; a four volume band music album, "Wind Band Masterworks"; and, occasionally, live concert recordings.[1][4]

Carnegie Hall[edit]

On February 22, 2008. Rhea became the first director of Texas A&M to take a music ensemble to Carnegie Hall in New York City. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony performed Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat for Military Band, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Dr. Kathryn Woodard, Donald Grantham's Southern Harmony, Percy Grainger's Children's March 'Over The Hills And Far Away', Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades, William Himes' version of Amazing Grace, Dr. David F. Wilborn's newly commissioned Concertante Caprice and John P. Sousa's The Freelance March. Their encore was John P. Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.[5][6][7][8][9]


Rhea has composed and arranged over 300 works. Since the 1990s, Rhea has arranged for university and public school marching bands and served as a clinician and composer. Some of Rhea's commissions have been performed for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Cotton Bowl Classic, and the Tournament of Roses Parade. His works are published with TRN Music Publisher, RBC Music Publisher, and Arrangers' Publishing Company.[1]


In July 1999, Timothy Rhea was awarded the Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year for the state of Texas from Phi Beta Mu. Former president of Texas A&M University, Dr. Ray Bowen, presented Rhea with the President's Meritorious Service Award in 2000.[1]

Professional affiliations[edit]

Dr. Kathryn Woodard, piano soloist for the Texas A&M Wind Symphony's concert, poses outside New York City's Carnegie Hall. The poster announces the performance of Dr. Rhea's ensemble, which took place February 22, 2008.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "University Bands". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "University Bands". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "The American Bandmasters Association : Officers". americanbandmasters.org. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "RBC Music Online Legacy of the March Series". www.rbcmusic.com. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Carnegie Hall Performance". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "A&M Wind Symphony to Perform At Carnegie Hall - The Association of Former Students". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Wind Symphony To Perform At Carnegie Hall In February". www.guidrynews.com. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Big Apple bound - News". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Classical Domain, February 22, 2008