Conductor, Intermediate Wind Symphony, Interlochen Arts Camp
Mary Land is Director of Bands at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Prior to her position at Young Harris, Mrs. Land was Director of Bands at Pickens County Middle School in Jasper, Georgia, for 29 years. Mary is currently a candidate for the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Land, a native of North Augusta, South Carolina, received her Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices and is currently the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association as well as the Collegiate National Association for Music Education chair. She continues to make numerous appearances as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. Her professional affiliations include: GMEA, MENC, IAJE, PAGE, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association. Mrs. Land is a member of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mrs. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a Middle School representative on the NBA executive board of directors. Mary Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony.
Many professional awards and recognitions have been awarded Mrs. Land during her career. She was featured in the April 2007 issue of the Instrumentalist magazine discussing her teaching techniques and her band program at Pickens County Middle School. She has been presented the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on ten separate occasions and has been presented the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence four times. Mrs. Land was awarded the GMEA Music Educator of the Year Award for 2002. Mrs. Land was presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of honor Award at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for her contributions to music education. Mary Land was selected by the national publication School Band and Orchestra in their December 2003 issue as one of “50 Directors Who make a Difference”. Mary Land’s band program was the recipient of the Georgia Senate Resolution 212 commending the success of the Pickens County Middle School Band Program. Mrs. Land and the Pickens County Middle School Band were the 2003 recipient of the Magna Cum Laude Award, a prestigious International Award for Middle School Bands.
Bands under Mary Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics, including the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the Southern Division MENC Convention, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the University of Southern Mississippi Conductors’ Conference, and the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival.
Mary is married to Rick Land, who is also a music educator. They have two sons who are active in college music programs.