Faculty, Director of Bands, Professor of Music
MBA University of Houston
Ed.D University of Houston
MA California State University Long Beach
BM University of Southern California
104 Ricci Band Hall
Ken Dye serves as a staff writer for several publishers and has served as composer/arranger for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band, and pops arranger for the Dallas Symphony. His writing activities have produced over 1800 works for band and orchestra performed throughout the U.S. and overseas.
The Notre Dame Band has also performed concerts in the Sydney Opera House, Beijing Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall as well as toured Europe, Asia, Brazil. and the South Pacific. Under Dye’s direction in 2012 the Notre Dame Band performed with the band “Chicago” at Soldier Field and performed at the 2013 NCAA National Football Championship. In both 2011 and 2012 the Notre Dame Band was awarded the prestigious “Sudler Trophy”, considered the “Heisman Trophy” of collegiate bands.
Dye also serves as a concurrent professor of Computer Applications developing the course “Music Through Technology” and teaches music from a business perspective in a course entitled “The Business of Music”. Most recently Dye’s research has involved the musical history of the Olympics and he has incorporated it into a new course: “Music and the Olympics: A Soundtrack for Competition, Ceremony, and Celebration”.
Prior to Notre Dame, Ken Dye taught at Rice University, University of West Georgia, as well as at the high school level in California, and schools in Mexico City. He has also served as director of the Opening Ceremonies of the U.S. Olympic Festival and conductor of the All-American College Band at Disney World.