Mr. Coleman is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alabama where he serves as the conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band, the Associate Conductor of the Alabama Wind Ensemble and the Co-Director of the “Million Dollar Band.” He also teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind band literature classes and serves as the coordinator for the Alabama Honor Band Festival and Crimson Music Camps. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at the University of Alabama, Mr. Coleman enjoyed a successful 25 year career as a high school band director and supervisor in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and his Masters of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
During his teaching career in Georgia, Mr. Coleman was an active member of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, where he held the office of President, First Vice-President and State Band Division Chair. Mr. Coleman also served as Georgia State Chair for the National Band Association. He has been awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association on eight occasions and was the 1992 recipient of the American School Band Directors Association’s Stanbury Award for the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States. Mr. Coleman was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundations’ “Legion of Honor” in 2004 and is also listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Under his direction, the Milton High School Wind Ensemble performed at the 2004 GMEA Inservice Conference, the 2004 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and the Music Educators’ National Conference 2006 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Coleman remains in demand as a marching and concert band clinician and adjudicator. He has served as an adjudicator for the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England and will conduct the 2011 Georgia All State Band. Mr. Coleman holds membership in the Music Educators’ National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association.