C. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor


ragsdale-cropDr. C. David Ragsdale is the Chair, Director of Bands, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 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 UA Huntsville, 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.

Dr. Ragsdale is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the 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, and holds honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma – National Band Fraternity.

Dr. Ragsdale holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University (NC), a Master of Music degree from Winthrop University (SC), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami (FL). He and his wife Jennifer, Middle School Band Director at Randolph School, currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama along with their daughters, Ella and Anna.

Faculty Since: 2006


  • Doctor of Musical Arts – University of Miami
  • Master of Music – Winthrop University
  • Bachelor of Music Education – Appalachian State University

Research/Creative Activity

  • Bands
  • Conducting

Phone: 256-824-2583