Javan Shields serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Iowa State University. He conducts the Concert Band and Campus Band. He also assists in aspects of the Athletic Band program including the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Bands. He serves as the instructor of State Storm which is the athletic band for soccer and wrestling matches.
For the past two years, Mr. Shields has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Bands at The University of Akron while pursuing a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting. As a wind conducting student, he had numerous opportunities to guest conduct the Symphonic, Concert, and University Bands. Within the athletic band program, Mr. Shields had the opportunity to compose and teach drill for The University of Akron Marching Band. He served as the director for the women’s Blue and Gold Brass Basketball Bands and the assistant conductor for the Blue and Gold Brass Basketball Bands for Men’s games.At The University of Akron, Mr. Shields was a student of Galen S. Karriker and Andrew D. Feyes.
Prior to his graduate degree, Mr. Shields served as Assistant Director of Bands at Carrollton High School (OH) and was also the primary middle school choral director. He created a brass choir ensemble, which received superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events and his choirs also received superior ratings in adjudicated events.
Mr. Shields holds professional memberships in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Associations for Music and the Ohio Music Education Association. He has also received honorary membership from Kappa Kappa Psi (16’), and Tau Beta Sigma (17’).
Mr. Shields earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Voice and Trumpet. As a performer and teacher, he has traveled to Italy and New Zealand to teach music to children of all ages.