Randall Coleman is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Associate 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. Professor Coleman is also the Coordinator of the Alabama Honor Band Festivals and the Crimson Music Camp Workshops. Additionally, Professor Coleman serves as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2007, 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 the Masters of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
At the University of Alabama, Professor Coleman has conducted the Alabama Symphonic Band at the 2012 Alabama Music Educators’ Conference and the 2014 College Band Director’s National Association’s Southern Division Conference. He has also conducted the Alabama Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors’ Association Southern Division Conference in 2010 and at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention in 2014. Under his direction, the Alabama Winds has also presented an invitational concert at the 2015 Alabama Music Educators’ Conference. A strong proponent of new music for wind band, he has commissioned two pieces for wind bands. Diamond Fanfare by Samuel R. Hazo, premiered by the Milton Wind Ensemble and Diabolus Ex Machina by Jim Bonney premiered by the Alabama Wind Ensemble. He conducted the world premiere of Mutiara by Anthony Barfield with the Alabama Wind Ensemble and the regional premiere of Auto ’66 by James David with the Alabama Symphonic Band. On the international stage, Professor Coleman has served as a guest conductor of the Sabina Wind Orchestra in Rieti, Italy and the Corpo Musicale St. Cecilia in Triuggio, Italy. He has also conducted the Alabama Wind Ensemble at the International Music Festival in Padova, Italy. Professor Coleman has also presented a rehearsal lab clinic at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and has conducted All State and All Region Honor Bands across the country. He has conducted the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band in performances at the Southeastern Conference Football Championships, and in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona where the Crimson Tide won the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 National Championship games. 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. He also served as Georgia State Chair for the National Band Association. Professor Coleman has been awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association on ten occasions and 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 2006 National Convention of the Music Educators’ National Conference.
Professor Coleman was recently elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and also holds membership in the College Band Directors’ National Association, the National Band Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, the Alabama Music Educators’ Association and the Alabama Bandmasters’ Association.