The University of Arizona

Pride of Arizona

Band Staff


Director of Wind Bands
Professor of Music

Music Building, Room 166A
Tucson, AZ 85721
520.621.7024, fax 520.621.1916

Gregg I. HansonProfessor Hanson joined the UA School of Music faculty in the fall of 1990. As a young musician, he studied trumpet, piano, and voice before attending the University of Michigan where he earned bachelorís and masterís degrees in 1967-68. While at Michigan he studied conducting with Elizabeth A. H. Green and William D. Revelli and now heads the graduate conducting program in Wind Band conducting at the University of Arizona. Before coming to the U of A, Professor Hanson taught high school for seven years and served as Director of Bands at the University of Utah for fourteen years. He was inducted as member of the American Bandmasters Association in 1984. Over the course of his conducting career, his performing ensembles have appeared at all of the major venues for wind band performance, including the conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and in Lucern, Switzerland for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His conducting experience is varied and includes commercial music, musical theatre, opera, chamber music, orchestra, and wind band. Under his baton, The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble has achieved national and international recognition with the release of five commercial CDs under the Albany label. Hanson has enjoyed numerous guest-conducting and clinic appointments in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China, where he was the first American wind band conductor to conduct a public concert with the Peopleís Liberation Army Band. Later, during the fall semester of 2003, he returned to China for the purpose of creating the firstever wind ensembles at both the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Xian Conservatory of Music. Hanson has been praised for his authentic interpretations and degree of excellence of his work and is credited with numerous commissions and premieres of outstanding repertoire for wind band. The faculty of the UA College of Fine Arts selected professor Hanson as the recipient of the prestigious James R. Anthony Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching for 2011-12.


Kevin HolzmanKevin Holzman is a conductor, clarinetist, and instructor at the University of Arizona. He began clarinet studies at the age of 13, and has been an active musical performer since. He has taught clarinet in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona. His clarinet teachers have included Professor Jerry Kirkbride, Dr. Karen Wevursky and Mr. Eric Broomfield. Prior to his undergraduate degree, Kevin studied conducting with Dr. Schultz Bennett and Mrs. Michelle Irvin in Scottsdale, Arizona.

As a National Merit Scholar, he began studies in clarinet performance and conducting at the University of Arizona in 2006. Kevin graduated summa cum laude with a degree in clarinet performance in the spring of 2010. After teaching in an inner city high school in West Philadelphia with Teach For America and studying at the University of Pennsylvania for a year, he returned to the University of Arizona to pursue a master’s degree in instrumental conducting.

Kevin’s primary conducting teacher is Professor Gregg I. Hanson, director of bands at the University of Arizona. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Cockrell, director of orchestral activities at the University of Arizona. In addition to being the instructor of undergraduate instrumental conducting, he is actively involved in conducting rehearsals and performances at the university, and studies piano with Dr. Michael Dauphinais. Kevin plans to earn his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting after his master’s studies, and aims to one day conduct bands and orchestras at the collegiate and professional level. Kevin was appointed conductor of the UA Wind Symphony in spring 2013.


Administrative Secretary

Music Building, Room 166
Tucson, AZ 85721
520.621.1683, fax 520.621.1916

Eve DotsonEve Dotson, a native Arizonan, graduated from Sahuaro High School here in Tucson. After receiving her AA degree from Pima College, she worked as an Administrative Secretary at IBM for 10 years before coming to The University of Arizona.

Eve has been the Band Area administrative assistant since 1989 and still loves it. As the office manager for the band program, Eve enjoys being the "behind-the-scenes" staff member supporting the Director of Bands, Associate Director of Bands, and Pep Band Director.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact her. She's here to help you.