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George Mason University

Dennis Layendecker


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  • 703-993-5082 (office)
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A417E
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Dennis M. Layendecker, DMA, Col. USAF (ret.), is director of the Mason School of Music. He holds the Heritage Chair in Music and serves as director of University Orchestras, positions he has held since joining the faculty in August 2009.  During his 26-year Air Force career, Layendecker served as a band commander, conductor, artistic director, pianist, public spokesman, educator, and diplomat for the Air Force at home and abroad. In July 2002, Layendecker assumed command of The United States Air Force Band. As part of his duties, he provided direct musical and ceremonial support to the president and his cabinet, members of Congress and other high-ranking civilian and military leaders nationally and internationally. During his military career, he led more than 6,000 musical performances in support of public outreach, community relations, troop morale and welfare, and recruitment and retention programs for the Air Force and Department of Defense. Layendecker is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education in 1975. He began his conducting studies in 1977 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. In 1981, he earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, and in 1988, completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the Catholic University of America. 


DMA, Conducting, The Catholic University of America (1988)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Professor

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