Band Leader, Educator and Associate Dean Kenneth Moses Retires from Frost School of Music

June 05, 2013 — Coral Gables — Retiring associate dean for undergraduate studies Kenneth J. Moses earned both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from UM’s School of Music (which was renamed the Frost School of Music in 2001 in honor of its naming donors Phillip and Patricia Frost). Moses has contributed to the institution’s success for 38 years in both academic and administrative roles.

In 1967, as a UM undergraduate, Moses studied music education and also played the Double bass. By 1975 he was appointed as the UM assistant director of bands. During his tenure UM’s famed marching band, the Band of the Hour, made multiple appearances at many football games in the US and played at four of the five UM national championship football games. One of his proudest moments came in 1979 when he led the 225 band members to Tokyo, Japan for the Mirage Bowl, a match-up between UM and Notre Dame University.

Moses said among his favorite memories are “watching the Frost School’s music students develop, graduate and go onto successful careers.” He was named director of admission and recruitment for the UM School of Music in 1991 and produced the first prospectus and a sampler CD. During his leadership the number of students inquiring about the School increased three-fold and the number of applicants doubled over the years he held the position.

Moses believes his legacy is all of his former students, some representing several generations of the same family, who graduated from the Frost School of Music. And he is honored to have influenced more than one generation.

“I’m retiring to spend more time with my two young granddaughters in Naples [Florida] and will continue to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and go on missions with my church,” said Ken Moses, who has also served the Frost School as a lecturer, instrumental performance.

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