R. Scott Tomlison, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education, duties include teaching methods courses, applied trumpet lessons, brass techniques, and supervising student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Mercyhurst, Dr. Tomlison was the Director of Bands at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. His responsibilities included instrumental conducting, teaching music education courses, and supervising student teachers. He has taught public school music for a total of nine years, including appointments at Poplar Bluff High School (Missouri), Gallatin Co. High School (Kentucky), Grant Co. High School (Kentucky), and Miami East High School (Ohio).
In addition to his McPherson appointment, his previous collegiate experience includes Director of Bands at Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, as well as drill writer for “Marching Mizzou” and the Murray State University Marching Band. While at Missouri and Murray State, Dr. Tomlison was active as a jazz performer and conducted the second and third jazz ensembles at both institutions. In 1985-86 he marched with the prestigious drum corps, Star of Indiana, and became Brass Instructor and Brass Caption Head with Limited Edition from Columbus, Ohio in 1989-1991.
Dr. Tomlison has served as adjudicator/clinician in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kansas. He holds a B.M.E. Degree from Eastern Kentucky University, an M.M.E. degree from Murray State University, and a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His professional Affiliations include Kansas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Association for Jazz Education, College Band Directors National Association, Judges Association of Mid-America, and Phi Mu Alpha.