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Meet the Faculty

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Tony Cason

Visiting Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Conductor, University Orchestra

Division: Fine Arts Division
Office: Music Building (MB) 303
Phone: (310) 506-7931
E-mail: tony.cason@pepperdine.edu

  • Master of Music, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Professor Cason, Director of Bands and Conductor of the University Orchestra, joined Pepperdine University in 2005 having served as the Deputy Commander of The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", in Washington, D.C. There he served as the musical director of The United States Army Orchestra, The United States Army Strings, and the world renowned United States Army Herald Trumpets. Mr. Cason was also the Principle Director of Music for the Virginia International Military Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mr. Cason appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He led The United States Army Band in Edinburgh, Scotland, Strangnas, Sweden, Oslo, Norway, Brisbane, Australia, Seoul, South Korea and has conducted bands in Canada, England, Australia, South Korea and Spain. Mr. Cason has been on numerous recordings and television broadcasts including the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the "Kennedy Center Honors", "Christmas in Washington", "A Capitol Fourth" the Inaugurations and Inauguration Galas for Presidents George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton, and other special events from the National Mall.

Mr. Cason has performed at the White House and also with some of America's best-known artists, including Jesseye Norman, John Williams, James McCracken, Louie Bellson, Doc Severinson, Arturo Sandoval, Elvis Presley, and Duke Ellington. He has led his ensembles in performances at prestigious international, national and local music conferences to include the American Bandmasters Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Band Association, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the International Double Reed Conference, the International Clarinet Conference, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and the Brevard Music Center.


  • Pepperdine University Orchestra
  • Pepperdine University Wind Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Brass Methods
  • Introduction to Music
  • Symphonic Literature

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • College Band Directors National Association
  • College Orchestra Directors Association
  • California Band Directors Association
  • Southern California School Band & Orchestra Directors Association
  • The National Association for Music Education
  • Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society