Neil Hansen is Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Division, Professor of Music, and Director of Bands at Northwest College where he directs the Northwest College Wind Band and the Northwest Jazz Band I. He has taught at Northwest College for over thirty years. Mr. Hansen has degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wyoming and has completed 36 hours toward a DMA in Music Education from Boston University. He has directed bands at all levels from elementary to college in both Iowa and Wyoming during his career.
Mr. Hansen is also the Chair of the Commission for Community/Jr. Colleges for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and serves on the Wyoming Arts Council Board. He is the founder of the Wyoming Jazz Educators and currently serves the webmaster for the organization. Mr. Hansen is a member of NAfME, Wyoming Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and is a charter member of the Jazz Educators Network. He is the founder and director of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp, the Northwest Jazz Festival, and the Festival of Trumpets. He also administers a solo and ensemble festival for Northern Wyoming middle school students in each year.
He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator in the Rocky Mountain region and has judged music festivals in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, California, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona and Alaska and Iowa over the past few years. Neil has conducted Allstate Jazz Bands in Colorado and Montana. He has also served as a band clinician conducting honor bands
Wyoming and Montana.
Neil was selected as a recipient of the 2007 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award for his contribution to music in the State of Wyoming. He
has recently presented clinics at the Wyoming Music Educators Convention and the Colorado Music Educators Convention. In 1995 the Northwest Jazz Band under his direction performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators 22nd Annual Convention in Anaheim, California. In 2006 he presented a workshop and was a keynote speaker for the 67th Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Music Schools in Austin, TX. In 2004 he was honored in his hometown of Woodward, IA at the Jim Coffin Jazz Festival for his contributions to jazz education.
Mr. Hansen presented a clinic at the 2nd Annual Jazz Educators Network Conference in New Orleans in January of 2011 on the topic of how to start and run a successful jazz camp.
Mr. Hansen is also a founding member of the Yellowstone Jazz Festival, Inc. which serves Park County, Wyoming by educating and entertaining through jazz. This organization presents jazz events including the Yellowstone Jazz Festival in mid-July. He organized the first Wyoming Allstate Jazz Band and Jazz Choir which are now in their tenth year.
Neil conducting the Northwest College Wind Band