Professor and Director of Athletic Bands at UD

    Heidi I. Sarver is a Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Delaware. She was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Music in 1995. Professor Sarver is Director of the 300+ member Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, co-conductor of the Symphonic Band and instructor of the Marching Band Techniques course She is also the supervisor for student teachers pursuing an undergraduate degree in music education. Professor Sarver attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance. Her teachers include George N. Parks, Walter M. Chesnut, Malcolm W. Rowell and Seymour Rosenfeld.

    Active as a national and international adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Professor Sarver is best known for her work with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. Her contributions to DMA have spanned over 30 years and include that of eduactional director and lead clinician. In the past she has also served as an adjudicator and production assistant for the Sugar and Orange Bowls through Heritage Festivals and Bowl Games of America. In 2005 Ms. Sarver was the Assistant Director for the Bands of America Honor Band's inaugural performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade and again in their second appearence in 2009.

    She is an avid show designer and has written for many high schools in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Arizona, as well as being the former primary show designer for the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, recipient of the Louis C. Sudler Trophy in 1998. Her show designs are also available for purchase through Marching Show Concepts.

    In the past Professor Sarver has performed with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps as a soprano soloist, music instructor and drum major. Prior to her appointment at the University of Delaware, she was a high school band director in New York, and the Assistant Director of Bands at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of DMEA, MENC, CBDNA, and the National Band Association.