Professor of Percussion, Director of Bands
Office Location: FAC 026
Band Office: 515-271-3164
Robert Meunier is Director of Bands and Professor of Percussion at Drake University where he is the conductor of the wind symphony, and director of percussion studies. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Meunier has appeared in twenty-eight states, China, Sweden, Canada, and in Mexico, where he has been an artist/conductor in residence at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, and at the Academia de Musica Escuela de Musica Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. He is a contributing author to eleven volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Teaching Music Through Performing Marches, and Teaching Music Through Jazz Performance.
Meunier is the founder of the Drake University Wind Symphony that, since its inception in 1998, has received national recognition for excellence in live performance and recordings. With the Wind Symphony, Meunier has seven internationally released compact discs through Mark Custom Recording, and has given invited performances for the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (2000, 2008, 2012), the Iowa Bandmasters Association (1999, 2006, 2012), and the North American Saxophone Alliance (2005).
Meunier was elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2014. He has been honored by Drake as a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and as a nominee for the university’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
Meunier is a past-president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, past-president of the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and past-president of the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, the Percussive Arts Society, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in music education from the University of Mary, a Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has pursued doctoral studies in wind conducting at the University of North Texas where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis Fisher.
A member of the percussion section of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for twenty-eight years, Meunier has experiences in orchestral, jazz, show, solo performance, and recording. He includes Don Rickles, Robert Goulet, the Smothers Brothers, Red Skelton, Roger Williams, the Temptations and many others among his numerous professional performance credits.