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JACK R. ANDERSON currently serves as Director of the Bands at the University of Pittsburgh. His responsibilities include directing the Varsity Marching Band, leading the Pep Bands at athletic events, and conducting the symphonic band. He has been a music educator in Pennsylvania for 39 years leading band programs in the Corry, Greenville and Keystone Oaks School Districts. He has been involved with the Pitt Band his whole life, beginning at the age of two when he accompanied his father (who was the Assistant Director of Bands) to his first Pitt Band camp. Jack served as an assistant director at Pitt for nine years, and in 1995 realized his life's dream by being named Director of Bands at the University.

In addition to these professional work experiences, Jack has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for PMEA throughout Western Pennsylvania, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with his bands.

Jack Played in the Pitt Band in the late 60s and early 70s and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Anderson is a member of many professional organizations including the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the following honoraries: Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Mu Kappa Upsilon, and lota Beta Kappa. He was chosen by the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board as an "Outstanding Leader" on Pitt Campus and in 2001 he was named recipient of the Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award which is presented annually to a college or university band director who has distinguished himself in the field of University bands. At their annual spring banquet in 2002, the Mon Valley chapter of the Panther Club honored Jack by presenting him with their "Special Recognition Award."

Jack and Peggy, his wife of 38 years, met in the Pitt Band and live in Scott Township. They have two daughters, Carrie (35) and Katie (33) who are both graduates of the University of Pittsburgh and alums of the Pitt Band.

DR. MEL ORANGE begins his 26th year as associate band director at Pittsburgh. His duties have included music arranging, drill design, brass instruction and general administration responsibilities. He is also the current choir director and music department chairperson in the Greensburg Salem School District, where he has worked since 1979. Orange has taught and played trumpet professionally for more than 30 years, has been an active music arranger for marching and jazz bands and has served as an adjudicator and clinician. As the music director for numerous high school musical productions, his credits include: "My Fair Lady," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Hello Dolly," "South Pacific," "Music Man," "Anything Goes," and "Grease."
A graduate of Trafford High School and Duquesne University, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, he is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.