Dr. Russell Coleman served the University of Central Missouri for thirty-two years as Director of Bands and was Chair of the Department of Music for twenty-one years. Concert bands under his direction have been selected 19 times to perform at international, national, divisional, and state professional music educator conventions. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame of both the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Missouri Bandmasters Association. Dr. Coleman is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and has twice served on their Board of Directors. He has been the guest conductor of Wind Ensembles throughout the United States. He served four semesters as the Guest Conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble in Tokyo including a performance by that ensemble at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He is the Founder and Director of the Festivals of Music at Worlds of Fun and is co-founder of the Warrensburg Community Band, having served as its conductor since its formation in 1985.

As a performer he serves as principal clarinetist and music arranger for the Roadkill Clarinet Quintet (if we miss it the first time we back up and run over it again.) They have performed over thirty-five times at Community Concert Series programs and professional music conferences in Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Dr. Coleman earned the Ph.D. in clarinet performance and literature at the University of Iowa where he was a student of Himie Voxman.