Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, conducts the Symphonic Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting. His other artistic and administrative positions include: Acting Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music (2007-2008), Director of the University of Minnesota Marching Band (1997-2004), Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University (1994-1997), Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas-Austin (1991-1993), and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan (1989-1990). 

Luckhardt has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has earned acclaim from composers such as Michael Colgrass, Shelley Hanson, Libby Larsen, Alex Shapiro and Judith Lang Zaimont for performances of their works. He is also a strong advocate for music as a board member of the The Musical Offering, a Twin Cities’ chamber ensemble, an advisory member of the American Composers Forum BandQuest series of new music and with membership in the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Band Directors Association, National Band Association and Phi Beta Lambda. Professor Luckhardt is currently music director of the Medalist Concert Band in Bloomington, Minnesota and serves as conductor and artistic director of the Encore Wind Ensemble of Minneapolis, Minnesota.