Band Faculty and Staff

The Henderson State University Bands are led by two faculty members who oversee all teaching and administrative aspects of the band program. The Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Bands teach courses in conducting and music education and direct the The Showband of Arkansas, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Reddie Pep Band. They are also responsible for the coordination of administrative staff, student staff, and student service organizations.

An administrative specialist assists with numerous office tasks including budget management, roster organization, and communication with other offices on campus.

The band program also employs two paid student workers who assist with tasks such as music library organization and instrument inventory management.

Dr. Steven M. Knight, Director of Bands

Dr. Steven M. Knight is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Henderson State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, co-directs the Showband of Arkansas Marching Band, teaches courses in conducting and wind band repertoire, and oversees all administrative aspects of the university band program and the HSU Band Camps. Dr. Knight returned to Henderson State in 2016, having previously served on the faculty from 2010 to 2013 as Assistant Director of Bands and Interim Director of Bands. His duties during these years included conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Chamber Winds, as well as directing both the Showband of Arkansas and the Reddie Pep Band. He also taught courses in conducting, music education, and music theory, in addition to applied low brass lessons.

Dr. Knight’s public school experience includes teaching at high schools in Odessa and Lubbock, Texas. He has served as a concert band, marching band, and low brass clinician and adjudicator in Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Dr. Knight is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He is an alumni member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and holds an honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority.

Dr. Knight holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting, both from Texas Tech University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied conducting with Jerry F. Junkin, Sarah McKoin, Gary Lewis, and Cody Birdwell.

Dr. Shaun R. Popp, Assistant Director of Bands/Coordinator of Music Education

Dr. Shaun R. Popp was appointed as the Assistant Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Henderson State University in 2013. His primary duties include co-directing the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, conducting the University Symphony Band and Reddie Basketball Band, and teaching courses in instrumental methods and music education. As the Coordinator of Music Education, Dr. Popp oversees the music education curriculum, manages the Music Teacher Internship Program, and is the faculty sponsor for the University’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Popp served as the Interim Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Henderson State University. In this role, he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, co-directed the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, taught courses in conducting and wind band literature, and was responsible for the administrative aspects of the University Bands and the HSU Summer Band Camps.

Prior to his appointment at HSU, Dr. Popp taught instrumental music for ten years in public schools in the State of Kentucky and was the Music Director and Conductor of the River Cities Concert Band and Voices of Kentuckiana Community Chorus. An ongoing advocate for community music, Dr. Popp was the charter conductor for the Saline County Community Orchestra in Benton, Arkansas, and is currently the Director of Traditional Worship Music at First United Methodist Church in Bryant, Arkansas.

Dr. Popp is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and presents research regularly at international, national, state, and regional conferences. He has presented at The Midwest Clinic, College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National and Collegiate Conferences, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, Arkansas Music Educators Association Conference, Florida Music Educators Association Clinic-Conference, and Kentucky Collegiate NAfME Conference. His primary research interests are the inclusion of persons with special needs in music, community music ensembles, use of Laban Movement Theory in music education, perceptions of conductor expressivity, and the ergonomics of conducting.

Additionally, Dr. Popp has been a contributing author for the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series through GIA Publications, Inc., and has published articles in The Bluegrass Music News (Kentucky), The Florida Music Director, The Kansas Music Review, and has other scholarly projects forthcoming. He is a member of the Arkansas Music Educators Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Dr. Popp received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Louisville, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Wind Conducting degree from Florida State University. His primary conducting teachers include Richard Miles, Frederick Speck, Richard Clary, and Patrick Dunnigan. He has also studied orchestral and choral conducting with Alexander Jiménez and André Thomas, and has participated in conducting symposia led by Eugene Corporon, Richard Floyd, Dennis Fisher, James Jordan, and Allan McMurray.