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Jonathan Hinkle

Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Music Education, Assistant Professor of Music

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PhD, Florida State University

MME, Florida State University

BME, Florida State University


Jonathan Hinkle was appointed to the music faculty at Colorado Mesa University in 2012. Dr. Hinkle serves as Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands, which includes the responsibility of starting and directing the University's first marching band, the Maverick Stampede. In only it's second full season, this group included approximately 140 members, and continues to grow fast. Dr. Hinkle also teaches courses in music education and applied trumpet at CMU, and maintains an active schedule as a band clinician and adjudicator in the United States.

Before moving west, Dr. Hinkle was an active music educator, band director, and trumpeter in the Southeastern United States. This experience includes five years as a high school band and orchestra director at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, FL) and Melbourne High School (Melbourne, FL), leading marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and string orchestras to state and national recognition. Hinkle returned to the Florida State University College of Music for the Master of Music Education degree earning a University Fellowship for his work starting and directing the first jazz big-band specifically for music education majors, Seminole Swing Machine. Encouraged to continue his graduate work, he later earned the Ph.D. in Music Education under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Madsen. At FSU, Hinkle was responsible for teaching and leading various music courses as a graduate student and adjunct faculty. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, he served as principal and lead trumpet with many of the University's top performing ensembles including the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Richard Clary and Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Leon Anderson. Hinkle's professional performing experience also includes being a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and as the principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Hinkle's professional and honorary affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi national academic honorary, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honorary, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

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