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Hargrave Military Academy Welcomes New Band Director

Press Release for July 17, 2017

USAF Master Sergeant, Retired Tyler Selden, a native of western New York, served over 23 years as a woodwind specialist and audio engineer for the United States Air Force. Selden holds an Associate degree in Architecture from Erie Community College, an Associate degree in music from the Community College of the Air Force, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from the University of Buffalo.

Selden travelled and performed at nearly 2,500 concerts and events in at least 26 states and 15 different countries, entertaining over 1 million live audience members and millions more broadcast audiences. He performed with the Miracles, the Pointer Sisters, Mnozil Brass, the Mills Brothers, Phyllis Diller, and 2 performances with Conan O’Brien. As part of the military recruiting mission, he facilitated countless JROTC seminars, highlighting military life and job opportunities to high school students. He also led many music masterclasses for middle and high school students, encouraging and strengthening their musical knowledge.

Selden has deployed twice as a bandsman; in 2010 in support of a humanitarian mission to Central and South America and in 2015 in support of the Global War on Terror to Southwest Asia. Active in local churches, Selden has proven himself indispensable as a volunteer musician. He has conducted youth orchestras, adult praise and worship orchestras, praise bands, jazz bands, and handbell choirs. When he isn’t conducting, he is a regular performer and soloist; playing everything from sax, clarinet, and oboe to penny whistle and percussion. He has also been known to lead and mentor student audio crews in the proper execution of mixing and sound reinforcement. Selden has been married to Mona for 25 years and has a daughter, a senior at Liberty University, and a son who is a senior in high school. He has bowled professionally for 9 years with the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) and enjoys camping with his family.

Fore more information, please contact Morgan Kreutz at kreutzm@hargrave.edu