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After a musical career that has included an impressive list of awards, accomplishments and experiences, Dr. Russell Coleman has retires as professor emeritus of music after teaching at Central for 32 years.
Coleman came to Central after serving as director of bands at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to that, he was the band director at Marysville Public School, Marysville, Kan., a music teacher at Riley Rural High School, Riley, Kan., and served in the United States Army as the acting director of the 10th Infantry Division Band in Fort Riley, Kan.
He has a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Kansas State University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Iowa, where he studied under Himie Voxman.
After his arrival in 1964, Coleman served as director of bands, and was chair of the department o music from 1975 until his retirement. Marching bands under his direction performed on all three major television networks and CNN, and performed at a variety of sporting events including the 1980 and 1985 World Series.
Coleman is a 1983 recipient of Central’s Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, and earlier this summer was inducted into the Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. He is a charter member of that association and has been active in the American Bandmasters Association, College Bandmasters Association and Missouri Music Educators Association.
Coleman and his wife, Alice, are the parents of one son, Ronald, and a daughter, Allison.