Dr. Chip Birkner serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Florida, where he directs the University Concert Bands, Gator Pep Bands, is Associate Director of the Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band, teaches courses in music education, and observes student teachers. Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Birkner held positions as the Assistant Director of Bands at College Park HS and Knox JH in The Woodlands, TX, as well as similar positions in Tomball, TX and La Porte, TX.
He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Performer’s Certificate, Master of Music in Percussion Performance, and PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting degrees from the University of Florida.
Dr. Birkner remains active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the state of Florida. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. In addition, Dr. Birkner holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.