Elliott Tackitt joins the faculty of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Music at Arizona State University as Instructor of Wind Band Conducting for the 2019–20 academic year. Tackitt completed his DMA in wind conducting at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Haithcock. As a graduate student, Tackitt conducted Michigan’s Symphony and Concert Bands, worked as a member of the Michigan Marching Band staff, served as Assistant Director of the Michigan Basketball Band, directed the Volleyball Band, and provided instructional assistance in the undergraduate conducting sequence.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Tackitt served as the associate director of bands at Northern Arizona University. While there, he directed the Symphonic Band, taught undergraduate conducting and secondary methods courses, developed and implemented a marching band methods course, directed all aspects of the NAU athletic band program, and served as the director of the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp.
Tackitt holds a bachelor's of music in trombone performance and a bachelor's of music education from the University of Michigan, as well as a master's of music in wind conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Steve Davis.