Professor of Percussion, Director of Bands
Office Location: FAC 026
Band Office: 515-271-3164
Robert Meunier is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Drake University where he is the conductor of the wind symphony, and director of percussion studies. Meunier is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, and is a contributing author to five volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Teaching Music Through Performing Marches and Teaching Music Through Jazz Performance. He has appeared in concert throughout the United States, and in Sweden, Canada and 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.
Meunier is the founder of the Drake University Wind Symphony that, since its inception in 1998, has developed a national reputation for musical excellence. The ensemble has given invited performances for the North Central Division of the College Band Director’s National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, Iowa Bandmasters Association, South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and toured extensively throughout the Midwest. It has released five compact discs, including Angels and Demons (2001), Homage (2003), Impressions (2005) and Reflections (2007) through Mark Custom Recording. These have received accolades from composers and critics alike, including Band World’s Ira Novoselsky, who in his April 2006 review of Impressions, called Drake’s Wind Symphony “…one of the Midwest’s premier wind orchestras,” and stated: “…the Drake University Wind Symphony gives the utmost attention to every musical detail & nuance.” Both Impressions and Reflections have been honored with Grammy Nomination Eligibility in the “Best Classical Performance” and “Best Orchestral Performance” categories. Recordings by the Wind Symphony have also received high praise from noted band composers including Jan Van der Roost, Joseph Spaniola, Roger Cichy, Timothy Mahr and Barry Kopetz. Meunier has also produced and recorded promotional recordings for both Daehn Publications and C. Alan Publications.
A member of the percussion section of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for over twenty 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 and the Temptations among his numerous performance credits.
Meunier 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. In 2005, Meunier was honored as Drake’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He is the immediate past- president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and a past-president of the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association and the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Meunier is a member of 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.