Dr. Timothy Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he serves as administrative head of the university band program (950 students), serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Music Activities, he additionally oversees the activities of the jazz ensemble, orchestral, and choral programs. Dr. Rhea came to Texas A&M University in June of 1993 following a year of public school teaching in Texas.
Dr. Rhea holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Arkansas, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston. Dr. Rhea has conducted the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Western International Band Clinic and the American Bandmasters Association. Additional concerts have included Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and five European tours with performances in Italy, Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The TAMU Wind Symphony has released several internationally released recordings, all with Mark Records.
Dr. Rhea maintains an internationally active schedule as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has been extended invitations to membership in both the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. Dr. Rhea currently serves as Vice President of The American Bandmasters Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association. He additionally holds memberships in several related professional organizations. Throughout his conducting and teaching career, Dr. Rhea has been involved in creating numerous compositions and arrangements for wind bands and related ensembles.