"I have one of the best jobs, if not the best, at Doane College. I
have the great privilege of working with many of our best students and
creating with and for them something of great beauty. This is simply
wonderful". - Jay W. Gilbert
• B.M.E - University of Wisconsin-Madison
• M.M. - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
• D. M. in Conducting - Northwestern University
• World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)
• College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
• Music Educations National Association (MENC)
• National Band Association (NBA)
• Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA)
• Phi Beta Mu - Honorary Band Fraternity (President Elect)
Areas of Interest/Endeavor:
• Wind band literature/rehearsal techniques
• Composition and arranging
• Music education
• Christian theology and religious studies/philosophy; history of ideas
Jay W. Gilbert is director of instrumental music and chair of the Music Department. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Tiger Pep Band. He is also the music director of the Blue River Community Band. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and masters and doctoral degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with the renowned conductor and arranger, John P. Paynter, and the outstanding orchestral conductor, Victor Yampolsky.
Dr. Gilbert's career as a band director began in the public schools of Wisconsin, where he taught instrumental music in elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools. Prior to his appointment at Doane, Dr. Gilbert was assistant director of bands at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has been a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He has also served as a presenter for numerous state conventions and the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
An interest in composition and arranging has produced a number of works including Suite Divertimento, which has been selected for several state music lists.
His study of quality wind band literature is often cited, and a summary of his research is included in the book The Winds of Change by Frank Battisti. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volumes II, III and IV. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including a Distinguished Service Award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, an Artist's Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane College. Recently he was recognized as the outstanding teacher of the year by the college's student congress and was inducted into the University of Nebraska - Omaha's Band Hall of Fame.
Dr. Gilbert and his wife Laura live in Crete.