Duane A. Warfield serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands in the Edith Lester Harbin Department of Music at Shorter University, where he conducts the Shorter Marching Hawks, Shorter Symphonic Winds, and the Hilltop Jazz Band. He teaches conducting, instrumental music methods, marching band pedagogy, and brass methods for students in the music education program.
Prior to his appointment at Shorter, Dr. Warfield taught at Starkville Academy in Starkville, MS and led the orchestra at First Baptist Church in Starkville as the Director of Instrumental Ministries. Under his leadership, the band department at Starkville Academy and the orchestra at FBC Starkville expanded and became respected programs. Dr. Warfield has taught bands in Illinois, Iowa, and Mississippi.
A native of Illinois, Warfield received his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and his Master of Music degree in Music Education at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. While at The University of Iowa, Duane studied wind band conducting with Dr. Myron Welch and Dr. Richard Mark Heidel. As a TA, he designed drill for the Hawkeye Marching Band, served as co-director of the Iowa Pep Band, guest conducted the Iowa Concert Band and University Band, taught conducting courses, and supervised student teachers. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
Dr. Warfield is a member of several professional organizations including Pi Kappa Lambda, College Music Society, Society for Research in Music Education, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Band Division where Duane held the position of President for the 2015-2016 school year.
Dr. Warfield lives in Rome with his wife, Tara, and their son.