Originally from Darnestown, MD, Dr. Michael Waddell is an Assistant Professor of Music at Longwood University. His primary duties include conducting the Wind Symphony and teaching applied low brass. Prior to joining the faculty at Longwood, he held positions at Hiram College, Indiana University of PA, and several K-12 schools. As a performer, Dr. Waddell is a member of the Keystone Quartet and can be heard on their recently released debut album Sweet Appalachia. He can also be heard on Versatile Southern Rock and Roll by Rye, Chronicle by Zach Collins, and on several recordings with the Keystone Wind Ensemble on the Klavier Label. His research focuses on the lives of living composers and analysis of their music; this work is published regularly in the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA) journal. Dr. Waddell earned his DMA from West Virginia University, MM from Georgia State University, and B.S.Ed. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.