Heidi I. Sarver is an associate professor of music at the University of Delaware, where she has been on the faculty of the Department of Music since 1995. Ms. Sarver is director of the 300-member Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band
, co-conductor of the Symphonic Band
and instructor of the Marching Band Techniques course. She is also the supervisor for student teachers pursuing an undergraduate degree in music education.
Ms. Sarver attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance. Her teachers included George N. Parks, Walter M. Chesnut, Malcolm W. Rowell and Seymour Rosenfeld.
Active throughput the Northeast as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Ms. Sarver is best known for her work with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy (DMA). Her contributions to DMA span 25 years and include that of lead clinician, personnel manager and website administrator. She is also an adjudicator and production assistant for the Sugar and Orange bowls through Heritage Festivals and Bowl Games of America. In 2005, Ms. Sarver was the assistant director for the Bands of America Honor Band’s inaugural performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade and again for their second appearance in 2009.
She is an avid show designer and has written for many high schools in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Arizona, as well as being the primary show designer for the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, recipient of the Louis C. Sudler Trophy in 1998. Her show designs are also available for purchase through Marching Show Concepts.
In the past, Ms. Sarver has performed with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps as a soprano soloist, music instructor and drum major. Prior to her appointment at UD, she was a high school band director in New York and the assistant director of bands at Temple University. Ms. Sarver is a member of Delaware Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education and College Band Directors National Association, and she is currently serving as the Delaware state chair for the National Band Association.