Benno P. Fritz

Benno P. Fritz

Director of Bands
Phillips Hall B-139
Phone: 202-994-6247


Professor Benno P. Fritz joined the faculty of The George Washington University in 1989. As Associate Professor in Music, Director of Bands, and Conductor of the University Orchestra, Dr. Fritz's duties include conducting the University Symphonic Band, University Symphony Orchestra, University Wind Ensemble, and directing GW’s award winning Colonial Brass. Additionally, he teaches class conducting, and serves as faculty guide for Thurston Hall. For the past 25 years he has assisted in the coordination of ceremonial music at GWU.

Dr. Fritz's academic experiences include teaching in the public schools of Michigan, California and Virginia. His brass arrangements have been a regular part of the Washington Revels shows since 2008. His newest composition, Race to Cobb Island will be premiered by the Charles County All-County Honor Band in November.

Dr. Fritz's professional activities as a teacher, performer, composer, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician have taken him through all 50 states and eight foreign countries. He is the District of Columbia Chair for the National Band Association. Professor Fritz performs on trombone and bass trombone with the Potomac Brass and Academic Brass quintet. His other professional affiliations have included membership in the College Band Directors National Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Conductors' Guild.


Bachelor of Music Education, Michigan State University, 1985
Diploma of Fine Arts (Conducting and Symphonic Wind Literature), University of Calgary (Berta, Canada), 1992 
Master of Arts (Conducting), The George Mason University, 1992
Ph.D. in Education, The George Mason University, 1999