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Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Gene Pollart

  • Professor of Music, Director of Bands
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2567
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Fine Arts Center, E201
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Before coming to the University of Rhode Island, Gene Pollart was a member of the faculty at California State University, the University of Wisconsin and South Dakota State University. He has also taught in the public school systems of Colorado and Washington.

An accomplished percussionist, he has performed as timpanist with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Artists Internationale Opera Company and the Providence Opera Theater. He has also performed as a drummer with renowned jazz pianists Don Grusin and Nilo Menendez.

Pollart serves as the conductor and musical director of the American Band, one of the premier adult community concert bands in the nation. The American Band is made up of approximately 60 adult musicians, most of whom hold degrees in music.

The American Band presents formal concerts of traditional and contemporary wind literature, as well as informal outdoor concerts throughout the New England region. The band performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts. They have also performed at the Hatch Shell “On the Esplanade” in Boston and they perform annually as part of the Summer Concert Series at “The Tabernacle” on Martha’s Vineyard.

Dr. Pollart maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He is a past president of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association.

For more information about The American Band visit their website at


Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University
Master of Music, University of Colorado
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Colorado

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