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UW-Madison alum Brandt authors, ‘The Influence of Don R. Marcouiller’

July 21, 2016

UW-Madison alumnus Thompson Brandt is the author of a book titled, “The Influence of Don R. Marcouiller,” published by Bookstand.

Brandt publicationMarcouiller was director of the UW marching band in the early 1950s, and from 1956 to 1987 was director of bands at Drake University.

According to a preview, the book “captures the spirit, musicianship, and leadership employed by Marcouiller in a career that took "Chief" (as he was respectfully and affectionately known by thousands of his students) from Edgewood High School and the University of Wisconsin in Madison to Des Moines, Iowa, where he championed the cause for instrumental music at Drake University for over 30 years.”

Brandt earned a master’s degree (1985) in educational administration and Ph.D. (1985) from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in music education. Brandt recently retired as dean of humanities, social sciences, and fine arts at Highland College in Freeport, Illinois. He currently conducts the wind ensemble and orchestra at Keith School in Rockford, Illinois.

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