Adam R. Wilke

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Adam R. Wilke is Director of Bands at James Logan High School and conductor of the James Logan Wind Symphony. In addition to the Wind Symphony, he also teaches the Jazz Ensemble A, Wind Ensemble, and is Department Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. The band program at James Logan has been very successful in recent years winning 2014, 2016, and 2017 WBA 4A/5A Grand Championship; 2014, 2015, and 2017 WGI World Class Color Guard Bronze Medal; 2013 WBA 5A Class Champion; and 2013 WGI World Class Concert Percussion Gold Medalist. The James Logan Wind Symphony performed at the 2015 and 2020 California All-State Music Education Conference and was a featured performer at the 2016 WASBE Regional Conference in Prague, The Czech Republic. The Wind Symphony consistently receives high praise from adjudicators at various wind band festivals throughout the state. 

This is Dr. Wilke’s tenth year as Director of Bands at James Logan. Prior to this appointment, Wilke spent thirteen years as a high school band director at both Arroyo Grande High School and Clovis East High School, and one year as the Interim-Associate Director of Bands at Fresno State where he was the director of the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band. 

Dr. Wilke is an alumnus of Fresno State having received his B.A. and teaching credential in 1998 and his M.A. in conducting in 2009. In 2019, Wilke completed his D.M.A. in music education from Boston University. His dissertation research is on composition and creativity in a band setting. As a composer, Wilke has written numerous original marching band shows. Wilke is currently published by GPG Music. Additionally, Wilke is active as a guest conductor and adjudicator. 

Dr. Wilke is happy to serve the music education profession as the Past President of the California Band Directors Association. Prior to this, Wilke served two years as the President and seven years as the Bulletin Editor of CBDA. Wilke has been a member of CBDA since 1999. Additionally, Wilke is currently the graphic designer for the CMEA Magazine. Wilke resides in the East Bay Area with his wife Jessica, a math teacher at James Logan, and children Vanessa, Braydon, and Amber.