Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor & Director of Bands
Prospective students interested in a complimentary lesson should contact Michael Butler at Michael.Butler@uwsp.edu.
- B.M. in Music Education – Tennessee Tech University
- M.M. in Conducting – University of Florida
- Ph.D. in Music Education and Conducting – University of Florida
Dr. Michael S. Butler is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching Conducting and Instrumental Methods, and hosting an annual honor band for high school students. Before teaching at UWSP, he had a multitude of experiences that included teaching and conducting at the University of Florida, serving as the Associate Director of Bands & Orchestra at Spruce Creek High School and the Director of Bands at Boone High School. Ensembles under his leadership flourished and received invitations to perform at the Florida Music Educators Conference and the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
An ardent student of the art of conducting, he regularly attends conducting symposiums and has studied with David Waybright, Joseph Hermann, H. Robert Reynolds, Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, Rodney Dorsey, Jamie Nix, Steve Davis, Allan McMurray, and Tom Leslie. In 2015, he attended the Miami Summer Music Festival where he studied conducting with Grzegorz Nowak, Permanent Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Butler is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for wind bands nationwide. Most recently, he guest conducted the United States Army Band Pershing’s Own. He has collaborated with numerous composers including Peter Van Zandt Lane and Daniel Kellogg that received commendations for their interpretation and spirited performance. An advocate of new music for the wind band, he regularly joins commission projects to ensure talented composers are contributing to the wind repertoire. Additionally, he remains active as a researcher and academic writer and has contributed articles to the Florida and Wisconsin music educator journals.
As a performer, Dr. Butler has performed with the Johnson City Symphony, the Bryan Symphony, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Appalachian Brass Orchestra, Wisconsin Collegiate Faculty Brass, and as a freelance trumpet performer. He appears on two CDs produced by Mark Custom Records entitled Slide Ride and Raise the Roof. His arrangements for trumpet and brass ensembles have been performed at national and international music conferences and received high praise.
The National Band Association has awarded Dr. Butler a Citation of Excellence for his contributions to bands and band music. He is affiliated with many professional organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Band Association, the National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and is also an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, a National Honorary Band Society.