Travis J. Weller is an active arranger, composer, educator and advocate of music education. He has been the Director of Bands at Mercer Area Middle-Senior High School since August of 1995. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Grove City College, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Duquense University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University. Travis is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Nu Chapter), ASCAP, and the National Band Association. He has presented on instrumental music education at the PMEA State Conference, professional development sessions for music education, and secondary music methods classes at area colleges and universities. He has been a contributing author for articles in Teaching Music, The Instrumentalist, The PMEA Journal, Phi Beta Mu International Newsletter, National Band Association Journal, and Learning and Leading with Technology. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honor bands and composer in residence sessions with school bands across Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
In 2009, his piece “Journey to the Prairie” received 3rd place in the the 2nd Annual Frank Ticheli Composition Contest. In addition to commissioned works from school groups and community bands, he has received several J.W.Pepper Editor’s Choice nominations, several Bandworld Top 100 nominations, four ASCAP Plus Awards, and has received a number of reviews of his works by The Instrumentalist. His pieces for band have been performed by groups ranging from elementary to the collegiate level. Notable performances have been given by Grove City College Wind Ensemble, Westminster College Wind Ensemble, the River City Youth Brass Band (Pittsburgh), the Marks Concert Band (Hermitage, Pa.), The PMEA All-State Concert Band, The Florida State Summer Wind Ensemble, the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Wind Ensemble, Youngstown State University Band, The Florida State University Concert Band, and The VanderCook College Symphonic Band. Travis resides in Mercer with his wife, their three daughters and a son.