Mr. Samuel L. Rowley is Assistant Director of Bands at North Carolina Central University. His responsibilities in the Department of Music include assisting with the administration of the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Pep Band, and Chamber Ensembles. Mr. Rowley also serves as the Chapter Sponsor of the Zeta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
He is a native of Belle Glade, Florida where he graduated from Glades Central Senior High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with honors from Florida A&M University, where he was a conducting student of Dr. Julian E. White and Dr. Shelby R. Chipman. Mr. Rowley received his Masters Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign where he was a conducting student of Prof. James Keene. Currently, Mr. Rowley is completing a Doctorate degree (all but dissertation) in Music Education at Columbia University in New York City where he is a conducting student of Dr. Virginia Allen.
Prior to his appointment at North Carolina Central University, Mr. Rowley served as an instrumental music educator in the Atlanta-Dekalb county school system for three years. He helped develop the Southwest Dekalb High School and Chapel Hill Middle School into one of the finest band programs in the country. His bands at Southwest Dekalb High School and Chapel Hill Middle School received straight superiors at both Marching and Concert band festival every year that he was director. The SWD band has performed at the 1996 Atlanta Centennial games, Niece, France, Macys Day Parade, GMEA In-Service Conference, 20th Century Fox Movie Drumline, BOA National Marching Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, and many other important events.
Mr. Rowley is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), National Band Association (NBA), Collegiate Band Directors Association (CBDNA), International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and the Dekalb County Rotary Club. He is also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar Masons, and 32nd Degree Council of Masons. Mr. Rowley has worked with some of the finest wind band conductors in the world such as James Keene, Eugene Corporon, James Croft, William P. Foster, Timothy Reynish, Alan Bonner, and many more. Mr. Rowley maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician. He is active as a conductor and clinician for many middle and high school band programs across the country.