Mr. Lewis C. Dutrow received a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1979. He has also completed additional studies at the Peabody Conservatory and Towson University. He served as Director of Bands at Wilde Lake High School from 1980 until his retirement in 2018. Prior to Wilde Lake High, he was Director of Bands at Phelps Luck, Stevens Forest, and Talbot Springs Elementary Schools, holding that combined position from 1979-1980.
At Wilde Lake he directed the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, Marimba Ensemble, Steel Drum Band and a varied chamber music program. Mr. Dutrow also taught Music Theory and assisted in creating the Music Technology program. From 2006-2018 he served as the Wilde Lake High Instructional Team Leader for Fine Arts and had served as the High School Band Representative to the Howard County Music Leadership Team. He assisted and mentored many Howard County Band Directors. Mr. Dutrow is asked by former colleagues to work with their bands as a clinician and to critique their performances.
He regularly contributes to the improvement of music education in the State of Maryland by making presentations at clinics, workshops, conferences and conventions held by the Maryland Music Educators Association. Mr. Dutrow has written music curriculum for Music Theory in Howard County. He founded Howard County Brass Day for student brass players and assisted in the creation of HoCo Panorama which showcases all of the high school steel drum bands of Howard County in one large concert. Mr. Dutrow was a yearly mentor of music education student teachers from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. He is very proud of the many former Wilde Lake High students who are making a contribution to the field of music either as teachers, performers or composers.
Ensembles under his direction received numerous awards and recognition at music festival events held nationally, internationally and in the local community. In 2015 the Wilde Lake Jazz Ensemble was named Grand National Champion by the OrlandoFest Music Festival. This ensemble was the highest scoring Jazz Ensemble of all the ensembles competing that year. Mr. Dutrow has been nominated for, and received several awards for his contribution to music education and in assisting the students at Wilde Lake High. He was selected for an Outstanding Educator Award by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce in 1986. He was voted Most Outstanding Teacher by Wilde Lake’s Senior Class of 1991. In 2000 and 2013 he was a finalist for Music Teacher of the Year from the Howard County Parents for School Music. He was selected as the 2001 Howard County Arts Council Howie Award recipient as Arts Educator of the Year. He was chosen by the student body in 2004 as Wilde Lake’s Most Effective Teacher. He has twice been nominated for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2017 he was selected by the Maryland Music Educators Association as Outstanding Educator.
In retirement Mr. Dutrow stays very active in music serving as a band director substitute to middle and high school bands across Howard County.
He looks forward to sharing this love of music with the students of Towson University.