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Department of Music

Gene J. Pollart

Gene Pollart

Director of Bands

Phone: 401.874.2567

Conducting, music education, history of jazz

Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University
Master of Music, University of Colorado
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Colorado

GENE POLLART was formerly on the faculty of California State University, University of Wisconsin and South Dakota State University and has also taught in the public school systems of Colorado and Washington. An accomplished percussionist, he has performed as timpanist with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Artists Internationale Opera Company and the Providence Opera Theater. He has also performed as a drummer with renowned jazz pianists Don Grusin and Nilo Menendez.

Dr. Pollart is Conductor and Musical Director of The American Band, one of the premier adult community concert bands in the nation. The American Band is made up of approximately 60 adult musicians, most of whom hold degrees in music.

The American Band presents formal concerts of traditional and contemporary wind literature, as well as informal outdoor concerts throughout the New England region. The band performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts. They have also performed at the Hatch Shell "On the Esplanade" in Boston and they perform annually as part of the Summer Concert Series at "The Tabernacle" on Martha's Vineyard.

Dr. Pollart maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He is a past president of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association.

For more information about The American Band visit their website at