Professor Emeriti: Music Education and Trumpet
James Madeja teaches courses in instrumental music education and studio trumpet at The Crane School of Music. He received his BS, MS, and EdD degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a founding member of the Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds. He has been a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet since 1985 and has toured as cornetist with Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. Dr. Madeja served as conductor of Skyline Brass, a professional large brass ensemble based in Harrisonburg, VA and currently conducts the Crane Concert Band and Crane Brass Ensemble. From 1978 to 1985, he directed two high school wind band programs in the state of Illinois and served as director of the Judson College Wind Ensemble before joining the faculty of The Crane School of Music in 1985. His ensembles have performed for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Madeja served as Associate Editor of The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. His research interests include the history of the American wind band and in particular the contribution of Herbert L. Clarke. His written work has appeared in the Journal of Band Research, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Journal, The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, The Instrumentalist, The Brass Player, New York State School Music News, Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Journal, and Music Educators Journal (MEJ). He is recipient of the MENC Excellence in Teaching Award and the SUNY Potsdam President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.