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Stephen Wadsack

Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Music Instructor,

M.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

B.M.E., University of Wyoming


Stephen M. Wadsack is the newly appointed Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Music Instructor at Wilmington College, where his responsibilities include directing the Quaker Thunder Pep Band, overseeing the growth of Wilmington College’s instrumental music ensembles, serving as a key recruitment strategist in the fine arts area, and teaching additional music coursework as needed. Currently, Wadsack also works collaboratively with various departments on-campus to develop the first marching band program in Wilmington College’s near- 150-year history.

In his first semester at Wilmington College, Stephen has implemented and overseen various recruitment initiatives, increasing the membership of the Quaker Thunder by 200% in less than three months. Under his leadership, the Quaker Thunder Pep Band remains one of the most dynamic, exciting, diverse, and fastest-growing organizations on-campus. The band currently performs at home football and basketball games, as well as various events on-campus ranging from pep rallies to faculty and staff meetings.

As both a musician and educator, Stephen is blessed to have experienced an incredibly diverse and active career. Wadsack has maintained teaching engagements in over a dozen states throughout the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. His efforts as an advocate for music education include work at both state and national levels; notably, selection by the Wyoming Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education to serve as a Lobbyist Representative with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.– efforts that ultimately led to retention of crucial support for music education in the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015.

A passionate musician, Stephen has performed for global audiences in a wide variety of genres ranging from ‘classical’ to ‘pop’ and everything in-between. Efforts as both a soloist and chamber musician have led to recognition by the National Trumpet Competition (2017, 2018) and the International Trumpet Guild (2017, 2018). Locally, he appears regularly with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Merit Theatre Company, and Linton Chamber Music, as well as various freelance orchestras and chamber ensembles featuring Greater Cincinnati’s finest musicians. He is also founder, co-artistic director, and operational manager of the Grand Avenue Brass, a chamber music ensemble presenting educational masterclasses, community concerts, and recitals throughout the United States. Additional performance credits and musicians with which Stephen has shared the stage include the Boston Brass, Eric Reed, Dave Douglas, the Yellowjackets, Randy Brecker, Gerard Schwarz, American Brass Quintet, Tim Morrison, and even the American rock band, KANSAS.

When not teaching or performing, Stephen loves spending time outdoors, exploring new places, staying active within his church community, and serving as husband/best friend to his wife, Casey. He is a proud alumnus of both the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Wyoming (BME), where he was recognized as College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate and the Theodore Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar in Music.