C. David Ragsdale

Dr. C. David Ragsdale

Interim Chair, Department of Music Director of Bands, Associate Professor


In addition to his university teaching responsibilities in the areas of music education and conducting, Dr. Ragsdale conducts the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Huntsville Chamber Winds, and is an avid conductor and clinician throughout the Southeast. Additionally, Dr. Ragsdale is a contributing author for two collegiate music texts published by McGraw Hill and has been a research associate for the 8th and 9th editions of GIA Publication's popular "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" textbook series.

Prior to UAH, Dr. Ragsdale served as the Associate Director of Bands for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he directed the internationally-acclaimed "Band of the Hour" Marching Band for the Miami Hurricanes. In 2004, Dr. Ragsdale was inducted into the Iron Arrow Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami by any student, faculty member, or alumnus.

He and his wife Jennifer, Middle School Band Director at Randolph School, currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama along with their daughters, Ella and Anna.


  • D.M.A., Instrumental Conducting, University of Miami
  • M.M., Winthrop University
  • B.M., Music Education, Hayes School of Music - Appalachian State University

Classes Taught


  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Alabama Music Educators Association
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia – Professional Music Fraternity for Men
  • Pi Kappa Lambda – National Honorary Music Fraternity
  • Kappa Delta Pi – National Honorary Education Fraternity
  • Tau Beta Sigma – National Band Fraternity