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J. D. Anderson


J. D. Anderson
Conductor, AYCO

J. D. Anderson, entering his 30th year in music education is also entering his 15th and final season as conductor of the American Youth Concert Orchestra.

A native of Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Anderson graduated from James Madison High School, where he performed under the baton of Carl J. Bianchi, conductor emeritus of the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra. While in high school, Mr. Anderson was a member of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Virginia Tech. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech.

Mr. Anderson began his professional career teaching instrumental music in grades 5-12 in the Champaign, Illinois. Mr. Anderson returned to Virginia and served for 10 years as Music Department Chair and Director of Bands at Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia. At Longfellow, Mr. Anderson built a band program that became recognized as one of the finest in the United States. During his tenure, the Longfellow Symphonic Band received “superior” ratings at every contest and festival in which it appeared and was invited to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. Celebrating the lasting success of the Longfellow Symphonic Band, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented Longfellow Middle School with the Sudler Silver Cup in 2000, the 25th school in the country to receive such a distinction.

Mr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors for the National Band Association (NBA), the National Advisory Board for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the education committee for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Locally, Mr. Anderson has served as a coach and administrator for multiple sport programs sponsored by the Herndon Optimist Club. He is also a member of the Governing Board for the Cappies, a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders.

Mr. Anderson has received numerous awards for his work including the NBA's "Citation of Excellence," Fairfax Symphony Education Award, Al and Winnie Hodgson Excellence in Teaching Award, and twice was selected as a finalist for the FCPS/Washington Post Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Anderson was selected national co-winner of the American School Band Directors’ Association’s Distinguished Band Director Award and has been presented with the Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.