Dr. Edward Harris
Office: MUS 181
Phone: (408) 924-4677
Dr. Edward C. Harris was appointed Director of the School of Music and Dance and the Director of Bands at San José State University in 2000. Born and educated in Santa Monica, Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education, and Master of Arts degree in clarinet performance from San Francisco State University. He received his Doctor of Arts degree in conducting and clarinet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied under Eugene Corporon.
Before joining the San José faculty, Dr. Harris served in a similar capacity at California State University, Stanislaus, Humboldt State University, and at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Preceding these appointments, he served as Director of Instrumental Music at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California from 1971 to 1978.
Dr. Harris maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and lecturer throughout the United States. He has guest conducted honor groups and festivals in over eight states and has been selected to conduct both the California Community College All-State Honor Band in 1985, and the California All-State Honor Band in 1986, 1996, and 2004. Dr. Harris brings to his position a broad knowledge of both traditional and contemporary wind band literature.
In addition to his university duties, he has served as President for the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association and has been on the Board of Directors for the California Band Directors Association and the California Music Educators Association. In 1995, Dr. Harris was honored to receive the "Stairway of the Stars" Award from the City of Santa Monica for distinguished contributions to the arts in California.