Ralph Ford
Composer, Arranger
Conductor, Clinician
307 Flavia Circle
Troy, AL 36081
334.670.3281 (PH/FAX)
334.372.7443 (CELL)
ralph@ralphfordmusic.com

EDUCATION
TROY STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Science in Education, 1988

TROY STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Music Education, 1986

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Alfred Music
Exclusive Composer/Arranger/Clinician
2006-present

Warner Brothers Publications
Contract Writer/Arranger, 1997-1999
Staff Writer/Arranger, 1999-2006

Troy University
Professor of Music, 2077-2011, retired
Director of Bands, 2001-2011, retired
Assistant Director of Bands, 1986-2001
Conductor, “Sound of the South” Concert Band, 1997-2001
Director, “Trojan Spirit” Pep Band, 1997-2001
Interim Director, “Sound of the South” Marching Band, 1996
Staff Arranger for Band Program, 1986-present
Director, Jazz Ensembles, 1986-1996
Director, Basketball Band, 1988-1995
Assistant Professor of Music, 1991-2001
Instructor of Music, 1986-1990

 

Ralph Ford (b.1963) is a composer, arranger, conductor, and clinician. In addition to his twenty nine years of university teaching experience, Ralph has enjoyed a wide variety of professional experiences in the music, media, and broadcast industries. He is an exclusive composer and arranger for the Belwin division of Alfred Music in Los Angeles, California, with over 250 titles available worldwide for orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band. A frequently commissioned composer, his music has been premiered and performed by university, military, professional, community, and school ensembles around the world. He has received international and regional advertising awards for his jingles and 3-D animation. Ralph served on the faculty of Troy University for twenty-five years, including a ten-year appointment as Director of Bands, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion, and Professor of Music.

Music Publications (current online listings with recordings)
Complete list of Alfred Music publications

Conductor and Clinician
2012. West Vancouver Youth Band, West Vancouver, BC.
2012. Kansas All State Band, Wichita, Kansas.
2012. Georgia Music Educators District Ten Honor Band, Augusta, Georgia.
2012. North Florda Music Camp, Jacksonville, Florida.
2011. Music in May Honor Band, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
2011. Nebraska Wesleyn University Honor Band, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2009. Louisiana All State Band, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
2007. The Royal Hawaiian Band, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2007. Central O’ahu District Festival and Workshops, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2007. Phoenix Middle School All Select Band (premiere), Phoenix, New York.
2006. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Region One State Band Festival,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2006. The Royal Hawaiian Band, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2005. Whistler Music Festival. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
2005. Alabama All State Band. Auburn, Alabama
2005. Festival of Winds and Percussion. Tennessee Tech University. Cookeville,
Tennessee.
2005. St. Louis Area School District. St. Louis, Missouri.
2005. North Florida Music Camp, Jacksonville, Florida.
2005. Texas Region 18 Honor Band. San Marcos, Texas.
2004. Whistler Music Festival. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
2004. Alabama Music Educators Association State Convention. Guest Conductor.
Auburn, Alabama.
2004. Mallard North High School (premiere). Omaha, Nebraska.
2004. Maine Music Educators Association Conference. Bangor, Maine.
2004. North Florida Music Camp, Jacksonville, Florida.
2004. Davidson High School Wind Ensemble. Mobile, Alabama.
2004. Alabama Bandmasters District IV Honor Band. Birmingham, Alabama.
2003. Director’s Reading Session. J.W. Pepper. Billings, Montana
2002. Director’s Resource Institute. Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
2002. North Florida Jazz Camp. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

2002. Summer Director’s Institute. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.
2002. Alabama Bandmaster’s District VIII Honor Band. Eufaula, Alabama.
2002. Alabama Bandmaster’s District VII Honor Band. Mobile, Alabama.
2002. Georgia Music Educators District /II Honor Band. Columbus, Georgia.
2002. Davidson High School Wind Ensemble. Mobile, Alabama.
2002. Spanish Fort Middle School. Spanish Fort, Alabama.
2002. Cullman County Honor Band. Cullman, Alabama.
2001. Red Deer Royals Band Society. Red Deer, Alberta Canada.
2001. North Florida Jazz Camp. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
2001. Houston County Honor Band. Ashford, Alabama.
2001. Geneva County Honor Band. Slocomb, Alabama.
2001. Virginia Music Educators District VII. Richlands, Virginia.
2000. Georgia Music Educators District /I Honor Band. Cartersville, Georgia.
2000. North Florida Jazz Camp. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
1999. Red Deer Royals Band Society. Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).
1999. Shoals Area Wind Ensemble. Florence, Alabama.
1999. Davidson High School Wind Ensemble. Mobile, Alabama.
1999. North Florida Jazz Camp. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
1998. Red Deer Royals Band Society. Red Deer, Alberta (Canada),
1998. InisvailieHigh School Band. Inisvaille, Alberta (Canada).
1997. Georgia Music Educators District /I 9-10th grade Honor Band. Savannah, Georgia.
1997. Chilton County All-County High School Honor Band. Clanton, Alabama.
1997. Alabama Bandmasters Association District VIII Honor Jazz Ensemble. Ozark, Alabama.
1995. Alabama Bandmasters Association District VIII Honor Jazz Ensemble. Ozark, Alabama.

Adjudicator
2012. Whistler Music Festival, Whistler, BC.
2012. Charleston Music Festival.
2012. Hawai’i Concert Band Festival.
2011. Central O’ahu Marching Festival.
2010. Vancouver Island Concert Band Festival, Port Alberni, BC.
2010. Whistler Music Festival, Whistler, BC.
2009. Central O’ahu Marching Festival.
2007. Central O’ahu District Parade of Bands.
2006. Pearl City Parade of Bands, Pearl City, Hawaii
2005. Whistler Music Festival, Whistler, BC (Canada)
2004. Whistler Music Festival, Whistler, BC (Canada)
2001. MusicFest Canada, Hull, Quebec (Canada).
2001. Red Deer Festival of Champions, Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).
2001. Southwest Missouri State University Concert Band Festival, Springfield, MO.
2000. Ozarko Marching Band Competition, Springfield, MO.
2000. Red Deer Festival of Champions, Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).
1999. Red Deer Festival of Champions, Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).
1999. Alabama Bandmasters Association District III Concert Band Festival, Cullman, Alabama.
1998. Red Deer Festival of Champions, Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).
1997. Alabama Bandmasters Association District VI Concert Band Festival, Auburn, Alabama.
1996. Georgia Music Educators Association District VIII Concert Band Festival, Waycross, Georgia.
1996. Alabama Bandmasters Association District V Concert Band Festival, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1996. Hawkinsville Marching Band Invitational, Hawkinsville, Georgia.
1996. Ft. Walton Beach Music Festival, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
1996. Indian Summer Marching Band Festival, Panama City, Florida.
1995. Alabama Bandmasters Association District V Concert Band Festival, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1995. Fort Walton Beach Music Festival, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
1995. Hawkinsville Marching Band Invitational, Hawkinsville, Georgia.
1994. Fort Walton Beach Music Festival, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
1993. Birmingham All-City Band and Orchestra Festival, Birmingham, Alabama
1992. Birmingham All-City Band and Orchestra Festival, Birmingham, Alabama
1990. Dogwood Arts National Band Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clinic Lectures
2012. Kansas Music Educators Association, Wichita, Kansas. “Finding the Limitless within Limits: Composing for Young Musicians”
2011. Complete Band Director’s Workshop, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. “Sound Innovations: a New Method Approach.”
2011. Boise Music Educators Workshop, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. “Recording Your Ensemble”  “Finding the Limitless within Limits: Composing for Young Musicians”
2011. Conductor, New Music Reading Session. Boise Music Educators Workshop, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
2009. Louisiana Music Educators, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Recording and Promoting Your Ensembles.”
2007. Central O’ahu District Band Directors Association, Two sessions, “Influence of
Music Selection Process on the Music Publisher” and “The Composition Process when Composing for Young Bands.”
2005. Festival of Winds and Percussion. Tennessee Tech University. Cookeville, Tennessee.
2004. Whistler Music Festival. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. “Rescoring techniques
for the Young Band” and Commissioning New Works for Band: A Process.”
2004. Maine Music Educators Association. “Band Expressions Curriculum.” Bangor,
Maine
2003. Eckert Music and the J.W.Pepper Corporation. Billings, Montana.
2002. Summer Director’s Institute. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.
2002. New Music Reading Session, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama.
2001. New Music Reading Session, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama.
2001. MusicFest Canada, Hull, Quebec (Canada).
2000. New Music Reading Session, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama.
1999. New Music Reading Session, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama.
1997. Alabama Bandmasters Association Summer Conference, Gulf
Shores, Alabama. “Promoting Your Music Programs on the World Wide Web.”
1995. Summer Band Camp and Directors’ Clinic, Troy, Alabama. “Arranging Techniques for Limited Instrumentation.”

Premiere Performances
2012. Whistler International Music Festival Mass Band. “Con Brio (March).”
2012. District X Georgia Music Educators Association. Premiere of “CompleX-2030” commissioned work for concert band.
2009. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic/Chicago, Illinois. Premiere of “In Glorious Splendour” commissioned work for band.
2007. Syracuse, New York, Phoenix All Select Band. Premiere of “Dillon’s Flight” commissioned work for band
2007. Music of the 21st Century, West Vancouver, BC. Premiere of “Suite: Sea to Sky” commissioned work for symphonic band.
2006. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention/ Chicago, IIlinois. “Strike Up The Band” for Jazz Ensemble, Southwest Missouri State University.
2004. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention. Chicago, Illinois. “Bellingrath Gardens” for orchestra.
2004. Mallard North High School Jazz Ensemble Concert. Premiere performance of “The Big Dance.” Omaha, Nebraska.
2004. Alabama Music Educators Association Convention. “Sleeping Place of the Stars” commissioned and performed by Homewood Middle School Concert Band with the composer conducting. Auburn, Alabama.
2003. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention. Chicago, Illinois. “In the Fading Light of Autumn” for orchestra
2003. Alabama Music Educators Association Convention. “The Last Battle” commissioned and performed by Spanish Fort Middle School with the composer conducting. Auburn, Alabama,
2002. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention. Chicago, Illinois. “Uptown Hoedown” for orchestra.
2001. Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention. Chicago, Illinois. “Dark Adventure,” Lassiter High School Orchestra.                                   .
2001. Darton College, Albany, Georgia. “Voices of the Thronoteeska.” Darton College Honor Band.

Recordings
2011. “The Wind Band Music of Robert Buckley” with the Troy University Symphony Band, conductor and producer.
2009. “Stormworks Chapter 13: Whispers on the Wind,” composer Stephen Mellilo and Troy University Symphony Band, conductor.
2008. “Trojan Jams” with Troy University Band. Director, arranger, producer.
2007. “Stormworks Chapter 1 Prime,” composer Stephen Mellilo and Troy University Symphony Band, conductor.
2006. “Coast to Coast” with Troy University Band. Director, arranger, producer.
1998. “Alabama’s News Source.” 45 minute news music package, composer.
1997. “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” by Katherine Tucker Windham. Soundtrack (composed and recorded)

Professional Affiliations
American Bandmasters Association (Elected Member, 2009)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Phi Beta Mu, International Honorary Band Fraternity
Music.Educators National Conference (MENC)
National Band Association
Phi Kappa Phi
Alabama Bandmasters Association
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority
Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity
Phi Kappa Delta
Troy University Alumni Association

Awards
Phi Kappa Phi Service to Art
Who’s Who in Entertainment
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Published Articles
Sokolowski, E. and Ford, R. (2007). The STORMWORLD of Stephen Melillo:
Third Millennium Applications for Timeless Music. Part One: Utilizing Technological Resources to Impact Symphonic Ensembles. Click here to read more.

Sokolowski, E. and Ford, R. (2007). The STORMWORLD of Stephen Melillo:
Third Millennium Applications for Timeless Music. Part Two: Infusing Electronic Media into Symphonic Ensembles. Click here to read more.

Music Industry/Media Awards
2000. American Advertising Federation “Addy” Award and “Best of Show” for television commercial “Y2K” for Nantze Springs Bottled Water. Conceived, wrote, produced, edited commercial, including composing the jingle and soundtrack.
2000. American Advertising Federation “Addy” Award for radio commercial “Big Secret” for New Frontier Media. Writer, producer, editor and director.
1999. American Advertising Federation “Addy” Award for television commercial “Singing Nantze Brothers” for Nantze Springs Bottled Water. Co-wrote, produced jingle and computer animation.
1998. American Advertising Federation “Addy” Award and “Judges Choice” for television commercial “Brand New Label” for Nantze Springs Bottled Water. Co-wrote and produced jingle and computer animation.