Biography for Travis J. Weller
Travis J. Weller is an active arranger, composer, educator and advocate of music education. He has been the Director of Bands at Mercer Area Middle-Senior High School since August of 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Grove City College, and graduated from Duquense University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. In addition to his teaching duties at Mercer, Travis is a Doctorate in Philosophy Candidate in Music Education at Kent State University.
At Mercer, he is the Director of the Middle School Concert Band, Senior High Concert Band, and Senior High Wind Ensemble. He also instructs the extra-curricular marching band, pep band, chamber winds, and jazz ensemble. Travis has served as a District President and County Representative for PMEA. Travis is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Nu Chapter), ASCAP, and the National Band Association. He has been a guest speaker in music education at various colleges and universities for secondary methods classes and PMEA workshops, and presented at the 2009 & 2011 PMEA State Conference. He is in frequent demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and for commissioned works for concert band. He has been a guest conductor a number of Honor Bands across the Eastern United States, and was the composer-in-residence for the East Stroudsburg School District Composer Series.
As a composer, his piece “Journey to the Prairie” received 3rd place in the the 2nd Annual Frank Ticheli Composition Contest, and he is a three-time ASCAP Plus Award Winner. His pieces for concert band have been performed by groups ranging from elementary to the collegiate level. Notable performances have been given by Grove City College Wind Ensemble, Westminster College Wind Ensemble, the River City Youth Brass Band (Pittsburgh), the Marks Concert Band (Hermitage, Pa.), The Florida State Summer Wind Ensemble, the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Wind Ensemble, The VanderCook College Symphonic Band (2009 Midwest Clinic), The West Ridge Middle School Wind Ensemble (2010 Midwest Clinic), and the Youngstown State University (OH) University Concert Band.
Travis resides in Mercer with his wife Beth, their three daughters and a son.