Director of Academics
Northern Arizona University
Evan Dixon had his first music performance in the elementary school talent show alongside his father, performing a rendition of Johnny B. Goode on guitar in kindergarten. Mr. Dixon continued playing guitar until he joined the school band in fifth grade where he fell in love with percussion. Mr. Dixon performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002 during which time, the drum line scored their highest score in ten years. Mr. Dixon continued to perfect his performance skills through the work ethic and drive created by the drum corps experience and the wonderful teaching of Dr. Eric Hollenbeck. He has played professionally with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, the Longmont Philharmonic, and the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Dixon currently plays percussion with the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Tempe, Arizona.
Mr. Dixon began his music education career in 2002 following his drum corps experience. He started teaching drum line at several different high schools in the Northern Colorado area in 2002. After earning his Bachelor's in Music Education from Colorado State University in 2004, Mr. Dixon became the assistant band director at Thompson Valley High School. He served in this capacity for three years before moving to Colorado Springs to open a brand new school, Vista Ridge High School. At Vista Ridge, Mr. Dixon helped design the layout of the band room, order all the instruments, and start the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Drum Line, and Color Guard.
In 2009, Mr. Dixon relocated to the Phoenix, Arizona area to be close to family. Mr. Dixon became the band director at Fountain Hills Middle School and has been teaching there for the past four years. In that time, the band has grown from 88 members to the 220 currently in the program. Mr. Dixon also earned his Master's of Music degree with an emphasis in Conducting from Colorado State University in December 2012. This summer is his first year at the Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU and he is very excited to join the other faculty, staff, and students for a wonderful and musical summer!