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Clark Atlanta University selects first female band director

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Clark Atlanta University(CAU) names Tomisha Brock as Director of University Bands and Assistant Professor of Music.

She is one out of the five female band directors serving HBCU's across the nation. 

“I am truly honored and excited to make history at CAU,” says Brock. “In a male dominated profession, it is a privilege for female directors to show that we are just as qualified, we can compete and produce on a large scale, as with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs),” she adds.

Brock definitely has a musical background as she began singing in the church choir at six-years old and began playing the clarinet ten-years old.

Not only does Brock have a passion for music,she has earned two degrees and is currently pursuing a third.

Brock received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia State University ,a Master of Music Education degree from Norfolk State University and is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina working on her PhD in Music Education.

“Students who are involved in music and the marching band develop solid social skills.It provides them an avenue to express themselves, free from judgment,’ says the Virginia native.  “It teaches and enhances the concepts of self-discipline, accountability, and team work.”

In 2016, Brock was named Spectacular Magazine's 'Woman of the Year' in the education category. 

Before becoming the first female band director at CAU, Brock served as associate director of bands and assistant professor at Mississippi Valley State. 

Brock's overall goal as the new director is to provide holistic education through music and she wants her students to leave her program with valuable skills that will help them in the near future. 

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