GORDON HENDERSON BIO
Professor--Director of Bands, Marching Band,
Symphonic Band, Department Vice Chair
GORDON HENDERSON is the Director of Bands and Department of Music Vice Chair at UCLA. Professor Henderson directs the 270-member Bruin Marching Band, the Symphonic Band and the Varsity Band. Under Professor Henderson's direction, the Bruin Marching Band has appeared at five Rose Bowls, three Sun Bowls, three Las Vegas Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, the Aloha Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, the Silicon Valley Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Holiday Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. In 1993, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band received the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence and innovation. Professor Henderson has also taught music technology courses for Music Education students and D.M.A. Performance students.
From 1989 to 1995, Professor Henderson directed the Jazz Ensemble I, performing with numerous guest artists including Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Burrell, Conte Candoli, Matt Catingub, Bill Watrous, Steve Houghton, Snooky Young, Gerald Wilson and Paquito D'Rivera. Under his direction, both the Jazz Ensemble I and the Jazz Combo won their respective divisions at the 1995 Reno International Jazz Festival.
Professor Henderson served as Head Horn Instructor or Brass Arranger for three Drum Corps International Champions: the Santa Clara (CA) Vanguard in 1989 and 1999, and the 1992 Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois. He has also instructed other drum and bugle corps including The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, PA, the Troopers from Casper, WY, the Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, CA, and the Academy from Tempe, AZ. Since 1990, he has served as the Arranger for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan, the nine-time All-Japan National Champions, and he has worked with several championship winning bands in Thailand.
In July and August of 2009, Henderson served as an adjudicator at the World Music Contest held in Kerkrade, Netherlands, where judged over 80 bands, drum corps and concert percussion ensembles from 14 countries spanning four continents. Henderson judged at the Kuala Lumpur International Marching Band Championship in December 2009, where bands from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia performed. In 2012 and 2013, he judged the Thailand Royal Cups Concert and Marching Band Championships in Bangkok.
Professor Henderson was an Assistant Director and Drill Designer for the 736-member Olympic All-American College Marching Band that performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He has composed and/or arranged band music for several major motion pictures including In the Line of Fire, Little Nikita, Fatal Instinct, Legends of the Fall, Road Trip, First Daughter, Don't Say A Word, Click and Struck by Lightning.