Curtis J. Melton

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Dr. Curtis Melton is currently the Director of Bands at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, NV. He was hired to re-build the band program at Legacy High School in 2013 after the school had no band program in existence in over 2 years. As of this writing, the Legacy Band Program now offers a marching band, color guard and winter guard programs, 3 concert bands, a jazz band, and an AP Music Theory class. In 2018 the band program will debut a beginning band class, to further grow and enrich the Legacy HS Band Program.

Under Dr. Melton’s direction, the Legacy Band Program has received consistent “Superior” Ratings every year at advanced band and intermediate band festivals, and the marching band has performed all over the Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas area in parades, marching band shows, and at special engagements such as performances for the Mayor of Las Vegas and also grand openings of businesses such as the Las Vegas IKEA store in 2016. The band has also performed in Los Angeles in parades, and in 2018 was accepted into and will be marching and performing a parade in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The program has tripled in size since 2013, and as of 2018, the program continues to grow and thrive.

Dr. Melton is in active composer, with his marching band shows “Boundaries” and “Twisted” and his concert band work “Exaltation Fanfare” published through GPG Publications. The Legacy High School Marching Band premieres original marching band shows every year written by Dr. Melton, and the band program debuts a new concert band piece written by Dr. Melton each spring that he dedicates to the band each year. All these original shows and concert pieces can be found on YouTube.

His original compositions have received several honors over the past few years; in 2015 he was nominated for “Best Original Score” at the Idyllwild International Film Festival and also in 2015 he won “Best Original Song” at the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Festival. He was named a finalist in the Ravel Association International Soundtrack Competition that was hosted in Italy in 2016, and most recently he was named a semi-finalist in The American Prize Composer Competition, for his original works “The Genesis Effect” and “Forever Through The Fire”. He was named for Nevada as one of the “50 Directors That Make A Difference” in SBO Magazine in 2009, and was a finalist in the Heart of Education Awards in the Clark County School District in 2017.

Dr. Melton can be reached anytime at cmelton0104@gmail.com if you wish to ask him questions about his music, or commission him to write a piece or marching show for your bands.