Scott Boerma (born 1964) is a composer of contemporary classical music, an arranger of music for marching ensembles, and the Director of Bands at Western Michigan University. Boerma was born in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Western Michigan University, where he studied composition with Ramon Zupko and his Master of Music degree in music education at the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University. He has also studied composition with Anthony Iannaccone at Eastern Michigan University.
Boerma began his career teaching music in the Michigan public schools at Novi and Lamphere High Schools. Then he was Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University. Also he was Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Michigan Marching Band, and the Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan before joining the Western Michigan University faculty as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Western Michigan, where he conducts the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds.
An active composer, Boerma’s concert band works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles, including “The President’s Own” Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony and Concert Bands, the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Symphonic Band, and the BOA Honor Band of America, to name just a few. His music has been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium, the Myerson Symphony Center, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Boerma’s works have been featured in the popular GIA series, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.” He is commissioned each year by high school, university and community bands to write new works for the repertoire. Boerma’s work Poem, a tribute to Bernie Kuschel, was recorded on the CD 2007 WASBE Killarney Ireland by the Dublin Concert Band.
Also a prolific arranger, Boerma receives yearly commissions to write music for many university and high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps. From 1989-2006 and from 2014-present, he has been the music arranger for the top-ranking Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2008-2013, he arranged for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, Boerma has arranged for drum and bugle corps and bands from Japan, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Thailand. Other credits include marching band arrangements for the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Texas (both Austin and Arlington), the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Towson University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Jacksonville State University, and Western Michigan University, to name just a few. Most of the Big Ten university marching bands have performed Boerma’s arrangements. Boerma also writes arrangements for the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass and the Boston Pops. Many of Boerma’s works are published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Boosey and Hawkes, Carl Fischer Music, Theodore Presser, Arrangers’ Publishing Company and, Madison Music Works.
Boerma is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He serves as a guest conductor for several honor bands and community bands throughout the nation each year, including the Music For All Summer Symposium Concert Band, the Florida State University Tri-State Band, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival State High School Honor Band, the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Intercollegiate Band, the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic Honor Band, and the Michigan All-State Middle School Band, to name just a few. Boerma has given composing, arranging, adjudication, and educational clinics at conferences including the Michigan Music Conference in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan, the CBDNA North Central Division Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and the BOA Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois. He conducts the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass holiday and summer DSO Concerts, and he served for several years as conductor of one of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp High School Bands in Twin Lake, Michigan.
Boerma is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He is the president of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association, and he is the Michigan state chair for the College Band Directors National Association, for which he is also a member of its Constitution Task Force. He is also a member of WASBE, NBA, ASBDA, ASCAP, MSBOA, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Band Fraternities.
My collection includes the following work by Scott Boerma:
Fanfare for a Golden Sky (2000).