Jeremy W. Parker
Jeremy Parker is co-conductor of the Tulsa Winds. He is also the Artistic Director for Starlight Concerts and Conductor of the Starlight Concert Band. Since 2012 he has served as Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at Bixby Public Schools where he oversees all aspects of the Bixby Bands, conducts the Bixby Wind Ensemble, and directs the award-winning “Pride of Bixby” Marching Band. He holds a B.M.E in Music from Oklahoma State University and M.E. in Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Jeremy is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for marching and concert bands and freelances as a music program consultant. He is also a program coordinator for the Zephyrus Arts Institute. Jeremy is also the producer of Wind & Rhythm, a nationally-syndicated radio program known as “the gathering place for people who love band music”. A longtime champion of wind band music, Jeremy has collaborated with many composers to commission new works for the medium.
Matthew Balmer is co-conductor and founder of the Tulsa Winds, previously known as the
Tulsa Wind Symphony. Matthew was also the conductor of the Canton Concert Band in Canton,
Ohio from 2011-2013. He also formed the highly regarded Depot Town Big Band in Michigan in
which he led for four years before moving to Oklahoma. The Depot Town Big Band continues to
perform and thrive to this day. Currently Matthew serves as the director of bands at
Wyandotte Public Schools, where he guides all aspects of the band program. Previously, Mr.
Balmer served as director of Bands at Okmulgee and Kansas public schools.
Matthew earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and His
master’s degree in music from Eastern Michigan University. Upon earning his masters,
Matthew worked as a freelance trumpet player, playing in several band and jazz bands around
Michigan. He is also an active freelance performer in and around the Tulsa area. Matthew is
committed to providing quality musical opportunities for both students and adults alike. His
professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Oklahoma Music Educators Association and
the National Association for Music Education.