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Tom Bough

Director of Athletic Bands and Wind Symphony Conductor

Tom Bough

Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. A former high school band director, Bough performed for two years with the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps, and has taught with the Cavaliers Drum Corps for five years in his capacity as a Yamaha Performing Artist. As a scholar, Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.

Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music and GPG Publications. He has served as a masterclass clinician and/or conductor for the Music For All Summer Symposium and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival for over a decade. In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough. It is available on the Summit Records label at or on iTunes. Learn more about his work at


D.M.A., Arizona State University


Director of Huskie Bands
Director of Wind Symphony
Director of Huskie Pep Band
Wind and Percussion Scoring
Graduate Conducting
Brass Techniques



Participation in ensembles, whether in the Athletic Band program or the Concert Band program, is a great way to continue to enjoy the thrill of musical performance and to develop new skills on your instrument regardless of your major."