Director of Athletic Bands
School of the Arts
Division of Music
Office: 204 Brock Hall
Ryan Lovell is the Director of Athletic Bands at Samford University where he leads both the Marching Bulldogs and the Pep Band. Mr. Lovell comes to Samford after recently finishing up a graduate assistantship at Ball State University. At Ball State University he conducted the Campus Band, Concert Band, and was an active guest conductor and performer with the Ball State University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band.
One of Mr. Lovell’s passions is marching and athletic bands. His drill has been performed at the national level both in competition and exhibition, and has also been featured on national television during sporting events. Mr. Lovell has been assisting with bands and music ensembles for over twelve years, as a marching technician, private instructor, and clinician for numerous state level bands in Texas and Indiana. He is an active drill writer, arranger, and clinician for bands around the country, and is currently on staff for the Open Class Bronze Medalist and newly World Class, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps located in Austin Texas.
Ryan brings real world music education experiences to help future music educators in his classes. He was a public school band director in Texas. The ensembles he taught received numerous superior ratings and best in class awards at music festivals and contests throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Lovell also has been a clinician and judge in the Association of Texas Small School Bands state level competition.
Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in music from Baylor University where he studied conducting under Dr. Eric Wilson, Dr. Isaiah Odajima and Dr. Rick Espinosa. He holds a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Hardin-Simmons University where he studied with Dr. Wayne Dorothy. As a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons, he conducted the university's Brass Choir, Concert Band, and Orchestra.
Ryan is currently finishing his Doctorate of Arts with a primary focus in wind conducting and secondary focus in music theory/composition. His areas of academic interest include electro-acoustic music for the wind ensemble, conducting, and practical techniques in music education. Along with teaching and conducting athletic bands at Samford he also teaches classes in music education and music theory.