Donald Linn currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at K-State. His duties include directing the Wind Symphony, university pep-bands, basketball bands, assistant marching band director for the Pride of Wildcat Land, arranger and drill designer for the KSUMB, and instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, arranging, and marching band techniques. Prior to his appointment at K-State, he served as the interim Associate Director of Bands at Youngstown State University where he was director of the YSU Marching Pride. In Ohio, Mr. Linn was also the assistant conductor of the Stambaugh Area Youth Wind Ensemble, a group that attracts talented high school instrumentalists from the Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas. Prior to his appointment at YSU, Mr. Linn completed a M.M. in Wind Conducting at Ball State University under Dr. Thomas Caneva where he taught undergraduate conducting, assisted with athletic bands, and conducted the Campus and Concert Bands. Before graduate study, Mr. Linn taught in the public schools as the director of bands at Nottoway High School in Crewe, VA. While teaching in Virginia, Mr. Linn received a Presidential Citation for Teaching Excellence from the University of Richmond Governor's School. Mr. Linn earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Virginia Tech. Most recently, in 2015 the Kansas State University Marching Band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence, contribution, and innovation in marching band.
Mr. Linn is in demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, drill writer, and arranger. His marching show drill and arrangements have been performed in Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Kansas and Toronto, Canada. Mr. Linn has also enjoyed success as a trumpet player performing with the New River Valley Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, Lynchburg Symphony, and Shenandoah Symphony. Mr. Linn has also performed with members of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, is a regular soloist and conductor with the Manhattan Municipal Band, and was a semi-finalist in the 2003 National Trumpet Competition. Mr. Linn is a member of NAfME, the National Band Association, CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and holds honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.