Fred McInnis is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Athletic Bands at Brigham Young University. He joined the School of Music in 2002 as Assistant Marching Band Director, and was appointed director of the BYU Cougar Marching Band, the “Power of the Wasatch,” in 2007. In addition, Mr. McInnis is the director and supervisor of the two BYU Basketball Pep Bands (“ROC” Bands) and conductor and supervisor of the two BYU University Concert Bands. He also teaches courses in undergraduate percussion methods, private percussion lessons, and marching band methods classes.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he earned the Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a student of Sherman Hong and Thomas Fraschillo. He has also completed classes at the doctoral level in Educational Leadership and Foundations at Brigham Young University.
Prior to joining the music faculty at BYU, Professor McInnis’s teaching experience was comprised of supervisory duties from 1988-2001, on middle, high school, and university levels. Through these years, his bands received superior ratings at the Mississippi Marching Band Festival in marching band and superior and excellent ratings in symphonic wind ensemble. During this time, Mr. McInnis was inducted into the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1994 and was nominated for Who’s Who in America in 2003. He has written “The Complete Book of Scales,” a book for band directors and students, and “Cleanin’ It Up,” an instructional workbook and DVD for mastering drumline techniques. He is currently writing 2 books for music educators on practical approaches to being a band instructor. Professor McInnis has held memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Utah Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society (past Utah Chapter Treasurer), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Eta Phi chapter past president).