Dr. Kenneth Ozzello is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The University of Alabama. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and the Masters of Music in Conducting degrees from West Virginia University; he earned the Doctorate of Education from The University of Alabama. Dr. Ozzello is the conductor of the Alabama Wind Ensemble. The ensemble has performed at national and regional conventions including the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Alabama Music Educators Association. The ensemble has also recorded several CDs, including the most recent titled Paceline, featuring trombonist Jon Whitaker. The Alabama Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered dozens of works from composers such as David Maslanka, Donald Grantham, Ira Hearshen, Nigel Clarke, Jim Stephenson and Paul Dooley. In 2012, Dr. Ozzello received the Morris Meyer Award recognizing outstanding contributions to student life at The University of Alabama.
Dr. Ozzello holds memberships in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the CBDNA, NAFME, Phi Betta Mu and Kappa Kappa Psi. He has been published in the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series.
Dr. Ozzello is director of The University of Alabama "Million Dollar Marching Band". Under his leadership the band received the coveted Sudler Trophy and has performed at numerous BCS Championship and College Football Playoff games. In 2018 they were invited to be the featured exhibition band at the Bands of American Grand National Championships. Prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Ozzello served on the staff of the West Virginia University band program. He also spent five years as the director of bands at Jeannette High School in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Dr. Ozzello heads the graduate wind conducting program at Alabama and maintains a busy schedule of national and international clinics and guest conducting engagements.