Donald L. Peterson
During his nine years as band director at American Fork High School the concert, marching, and jazz bands were recipients of more than 100 awards and recognitions. Don Peterson was recognized with the Utah Music Educators Association Superior Accomplishment Award in 1982 and awarded both the Utah state and southwest regional Stanbury awards in recognition of outstanding young band directors by the American School Band Directors Association. In 2011 Peterson was inducted into the American Bandmaster's Association.
Peterson is currently the president of the Utah Music Educators Association and teaches as BYU where he serves as associate professor in music education and director of the BYU Wind Symphony, a position he assumed in 2008. Previously he directed both the Marching and Symphonic Bands. He has published articles in both Bandworld magazine and Band Director's Guide and is currently involved in research of Russian band music. His groups have premiered Russian band works and his edition of Zaparozshky's March has been performed in much of the U.S. as well as Europe. He maintains a very active schedule as adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the United States, while continuing to mentor many of his graduates teaching in the Utah public schools.
In 2005, he published an interactive DVD for the study of “Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques”—designed to aid in the development of both prospective music educators and younger professionals.