After a nationwide search, Dr. Timmey Zachery has been chosen to lead the Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm.
Zachery will be tasked with enhancing the Marching Storm’s national reputation and shaping students, both academically and socially, while pushing them to higher levels of music performance.
A native of Alexandria, La., Zachery hails from a background that is filled with music. He began playing the trumpet as a grade school student and went on to play with the Southern University Marching Band. He later earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University and his Doctor of Music Arts degree from Indiana University.
Zachery was assigned to the United States Navy Band, providing the opportunity to travel the world and meet other musicians from around the world. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, The David Baker Big Band, The Right On Band, The Great American Music Ensemble and the Atlantic Fleet Jazz Band, Concert Band, Ceremonial Band and Show Band.
Prior to coming to PVAMU, Zachery served as an instructor of Music – High Brass and assistant band director at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. He also served as director of NSU Trumpet Ensemble and Jazz Combo. For the past year, he has also been an instructor of music theory at Tidewater Community College. Prior to teaching on a collegiate level, he served as a music instructor and band director at Norview Middle School in Norfolk.
Zachery will oversee all musical aspects of the marching band, while Ashley Robinson, assistant vice president for athletic compliance and advising, will manage the band’s fiscal budget and ensure that operations remain in compliance with University regulations.
Zachery will officially begin as band director on Thursday, July 5.