Craig W. Hurst has been director of bands at UW-Waukesha since January of 1993. Dr. Hurst holds degrees from Boise State University, North Texas State University, and the University of North Texas. At North Texas, he was a conducting student of Robert Winslow and studied trumpet with John J. Haynie and Leonard A. Candelaria.
In addition to his experience and expertise as a music educator, adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Hurst has distinguished himself as a performer on trumpet. In the greater Milwaukee area he has performed as principal trumpet or trumpet soloist with the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, the Waukesha Park and Rec Band, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Stadpfeifer, The Jazz Express Big Band, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra and the Milwaukee Police Band.
Hurst also has performed in the Festival of Trumpets at the 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, and in June of 1995 performed as soloist with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) in a cultural exchange tour of Japan. In 1998 Dr. Hurst will perform with the Marshfield/Wood County (Wisconsin) Symphony orchestra as a soloist on Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F.
Hurst's interest in the local arts community is evident in his service on the the boards of directors for the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, Waukesha Area Arts Alliance, and the Concord Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to performing and conducting, Hurst's scholarship is represented in published articles in theSoutheastern Journal of Music Education and the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. He also writes reviews of concerts by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra published in the Waukesha County Freeman