Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


School of Music


Music Performance

First Advisor

James K Copenhaver

Second Advisor

Jeremy Lane


This study provides a historical account of the teaching methodology of John Gary Cook, a master teacher and conductor whose forty-four year career spans all levels of band instruction. Mr. Cook's musical accomplishments have served to make him a regional icon in the Southeastern United States. His work has provided influence and inspiration to a host of band directors. This research explores the life of this exceptional educator and documents many of his personal beliefs and professional applications in five specific areas of band performance. These include: (1) development of characteristic tone quality; (2) development of balance and blend; (3) development of intonation; (4) development of rhythm and ensemble precision; and (5) development of musical artistry.


© 2011, Mohamad S. Schuman, Jr.