Promoted to Associate Professor
Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts (Purdue Bands)
Ishbah Cox received his doctorate in wind conducting from Ball State University. He joined the Purdue Band and Orchestra Department in 2008, where he is founder and director of the Purdue University Brass Choir, director of the Symphonic and Collegiate Bands, director of the Boiler Box Band (women’s volleyball), and assistant director of the “All-American” Marching Band (AAMB).
He is active as a festival adjudicator, clinician, conductor, and arranger. He has performed and traveled internationally as a conductor in Spain and tours of Eastern Europe, and has traveled with the AAMB to Colombia and Ireland. He has also guest conducted the Middle Tennessee State University and Auburn University Honor Bands, Indiana Bandmasters Association Regional and District Honor Bands, the Northern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the Mississippi State University Symphonic and Concert Bands, and the University of South Alabama Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. As a published arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation since 2013, his marching and pep band arrangements have been performed before international and national audiences and have garnered almost one million YouTube hits.
Ishbah holds professional memberships in Phi Beta Mu (the International Bandmasters Fraternity), National Band Association, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Kappa Kappa Psi (a fraternity for band service and leadership), and the Collegiate Band Directors National Association. He holds honorary memberships with both the Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and Beta Sigma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Sorority) at Purdue University. He serves as governor for the Kappa Kappa Psi North Central District and as sponsor of the Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Purdue University.