Associate Professor of Music Dr. Christopher P. Heidenreich began serving at the Louisiana Tech as Director of Bands in the fall of 2021. Prior work includes twelve years at the University of Michigan-Flint, three years at Youngstown State University as well as fourteen teaching public school in Ohio. He holds a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting from Indiana University (2006), a Master of Arts in Music Education from The Ohio State University (1998), and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University (1989) where he graduated cum laude. In 2002, he was awarded the American School Band Directors Association's “Distinguished Band Director” Award for Ohio and the North Central Region, and in 2013 UM-Flint awarded him the Faculty Distinguished Service Award. The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association granted him with an Honorary Membership for service to the state in 2020.
Heidenreich is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, Louisiana Music Education Association, the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He and his wife Beth reside in Ruston, LA, and have two children, Jillian recently completed a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and Daniel, a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force currently training with the 351 Special Warfare Training Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico.