Nigel Fernandez


Nigel Fernandez is the Assistant Director of the Michigan Drumline with the Michigan Marching Band and is pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan. Nigel’s main responsibilities include teaching, arranging, and traveling with the Michigan Drumline.

While earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Nigel also served the local community as a percussion source for education and performance. In addition to marching snare drum with the Longhorn Band, Nigel has performed with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, World Class WGI group Timber Creek Independent, the Army All-American Marching Band, the Epoch Percussion Quartet, and Density512. He has worked as a percussion instructor for McCallum High School, Crockett High School, and Hendrickson High School where he helped cultivate creativity and ingenuity in students.

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.