Warren Concert Band


Douglas Bianchi, Director of Bands at Wayne State University, served as the Music Director of the Warren Concert Band from 1991-2010.  Professor Bianchi was previously Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music at L’Anse Creuse High School North from 1981-1997. During that time his concert and marching bands were perennial first division recipients and toured regularly, including Canada, England and Taiwan. In 1987 he was elected "Teacher of the Year" for the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.

Since his appointment as Director of Bands in 1997, the Wayne State University Bands have flourished, and the WSU Wind Symphony has been invited twice to perform at the Michigan Music Conference (formerly MMEIC). Under his direction, the WSU Bands have premiered several works, including James Lentini’s “The Angels Journey” (published by Ballerbach), Edward Martin’s “Enchanted Falls”, the Michigan premier of Quincy Hillard’s “The Unknown Soldier” as well as several of his own compositions, one of which, “Remembrance”, has been performed at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 2004.

Formerly Conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Southfield Symphony Orchestra, Professor Bianchi has guest conducted the Detroit Civic Orchestra, the Warren Symphony, the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, the Plaven Philharmonie (Bulgaria), and the Filharmonie Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), as well as the Northwestern University Symphony Band at the CBDNA North Central Division Conference in 2006. In addition, he is past Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Wind Symphony and is in demand as a guest clinician, conducting a variety of community ensembles and high school and junior high school honors bands. In the summer of 2007, he conducted at the Sydney Opera House (Australia) with members of the Warren Concert Band and the Wayne State Wind Symphony. He is currently the conductor of the International Symphony Orchestra in Sarnia, Ontario.

In addition to his performing duties at Wayne State University, Prof. Bianchi teaches conducting and music theory, and has had several articles published in the National Band Association Journal and the Instrumentalist magazine, as well as collaborated with Banddirector.com in several music educational projects. In 1987 he was honored by the City of Warren for his contributions to the musical life of the community.