Dr. Kenneth Ozzello is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The University of Alabama. Dr. Ozzello joined the University faculty in 1989. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and the Masters of Music in Conducting degrees from West Virginia University; he earned the Doctorate of Education from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Ozzello is the conductor of The Alabama Wind Ensemble. The ensemble has performed at numerous regional and national venues including National CBDNA, Southern Division CBDNA, Southern Division MENC, and the Alabama Music Educators Conference . In May of 2008, the Naxos contracted The Alabama Wind Ensemble to record a CD of the works of Ira Hearshen. The CD includes a “Enterprise” commissioned by The University of Alabama. The work for wind ensemble and choir was written in memory of the seven students who lost their lives in 2007 when their high school was destroyed by a tornado. The work was premiered in Enterprise, Alabama on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. The CD will be released nationally as part of Naxos’ Wind Band Classics Series. The Alabama Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered dozens of works from composers such as David Maslanka, Donald Grantham, Ira Hearshen, Nigel Clarke, and Jim Bonney.
Dr. Ozzello is also the director of The University of Alabama “Million Dollar Band.” The Million Dollar Band is one of the most widely recognized symbols of The University of Alabama and Crimson Tide Football. In 2003 The University of Alabama “Million Dollar Band” received the prestigious “Sudler Trophy.” The Sudler Trophy is the only national award honoring excellence in the college marching band activity.
Prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa, he served on the staff of the West Virginia University Band Program. He also spent five years as the Director of Bands at Jeannette High School in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Ozzello heads up the graduate wind conducting program at The University of Alabama and maintains a busy national schedule of clinics and guest conducting engagements.