Mr. Donald Linn currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at K-State where he directs the Wind Symphony, Basketball Bands, assists in the direction of the Marching Band, and teaches courses in Music Education, Conducting, and Arranging for Band.
Prior to his appointment at KSU he served as the interim associate director of bands at Youngstown State University where he directed the Youngstown State University Marching Pride, the Men's and Women's Basketball Bands, co-directed the Concert Band, was the director of the Symphonic Band, and teacher of drill design and marching band methods. Mr. Linn was also 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 and Mr. Dan Kalantarian. At Ball State University Mr. Linn assisted with the direction of the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, helped direct the Men's and Women's Basketball Bands, was conductor of the Ball State Concert Band, was the inaugural conductor of the Ball State Campus Band, and taught undergraduate conducting. Before his appointment at BSU, 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. Prior to his public school teaching, Mr. Linn earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Virginia Tech. During his last two years at Virginia Tech, Mr. Linn was a senior staff assistant for the Virginia Tech Marching Virginians; assisting with music and marching rehearsal, visiting band coordination, sectional rehearsal, and away game announcing.
Mr. Linn is in demand as a drill writer and has designed shows for university bands, high school bands, indoor percussion ensembles, and winterguard. Mr. Linn's drill design has been featured in Canada, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, New York, Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and most recently performed at the 2012 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas . 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, and was a semi-finalist in the 2003 National Trumpet Competition. Mr. Linn is an active conductor, educator, and performer and is a member of MENC, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Band Association, CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and holds honorary memberships in both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.