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About the Conductor

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Cottonwood Community is proud to announce its new director Jeff Bowell (pronounced “Bowl”).

Mr. Bowell is Canadian born but grew up in Ohio. While attending music school at Youngstown State he freelanced with the Cleveland Philharmonic and Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus Band.

In 1981 Bowell won the Army's West Point Band audition as a trombonist. He played with the United States Military Academy (USMA) Band for five years and had opportunities to conduct the band for outdoor Sunday evening band concerts at Trophy Point, the site where scenes from the end of the movie "Hello, Dolly!" were filmed. Bowell then switched to the Air Force bands for a total of 20 years ending as a USAF Master Sergeant.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bowell and his wife Shawn moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he taught at the community college for nine years serving as assistant director. After a short detour to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Bowells moved to the Village of Oak Creek in November of 2017. Bowell had been playing for the Prescott Pops Symphony and the Verde Valley Sinfonietta.

Cottonwood Community Band welcomes Jeff Bowell to the podium. He can be contacted at


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