Chandler L. Wilson is a native of Miami, FL. He attended Florida A&M University (FAMU) where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While a student at FAMU, he served as the University Band President and section leader of the saxophones. During his time at FAMU, he was selected as the student arranger and conductor for the marching and symphonic bands, and was also chosen as one of the first student staff members for the “Marching 100”. Mr. Wilson earned a Master of Arts in Wind Band Conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Dr. Jack Stamp. Many compositions of Mr. Wilson have been premiered and performed on the concert band stage with All-County/District Honor Bands and All-State Bands. He has also had selections performed at the Music for All National Festival and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Wilson served as band director of Hollywood Hills High School (2008-2012). Under his direction, the students consistently earned Superior ratings in concert and marching band. In 2011, the Hollywood Hills Spartan Pride Marching Band appeared on National TV while participating in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL. Mr. Wilson, also served as band director at Cooper City High School (2014-2016), in Cooper City, FL. In December of 2015, the Cooper City Marching Band participated in the Sugar Bowl’s marching band competition where they were named “Grand Champions”. While maintaining consistent Superior ratings with Cooper City High School band program Mr. Wilson was the director and supervisor of 3 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 winter guard programs, and marching band.
Outside of the classroom Mr. Wilson served as the associate conductor of the Broward Symphonic Band under Neil Jenkins from 2010 to 2016. He has also served as assistant conductor of the Music Ambassadors Europe Music Tour in the summers of 2010 and 2012. Mr. Wilson has studied conducting under the batons of Prof. Richard Clary, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Julian White, Dr. Shelby Chipman, Dr. Roby George, Masetro Raffaele Ponti, and Mr.Neil Jenkins.
He holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Bandmasters Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and is an honorary member “Friend of the Arts” of Sigma Alpha Iota. Mr. Wilson is a recipient of the Florida Bandmasters Association “Tom Bishop Award” and is also a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). His selection, “Legends of the Galaxy (A Cosmic Fanfare)”, was ranked in the Top 100 band compositions in the American Band College/Band World Magazine/Western International Band Clinic Literature List for 2016.
Mr. Wilson is currently attending Florida State University where he is working towards his Ph.D in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting.