Ruth Petersen has taught for nineteen years in the Charlotte‐Mecklenburg School System. She is currently Band Director at Bailey Middle School in Cornelius, North Carolina. Her bands have consistently earned ratings of “Excellent” and “Superior.” With the support of her band booster organizations, she has commissioned two pieces for middle school band, both by Robert W. Smith: “The Swarm,” and “Legend of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.” Her bands have performed with the Dallas Brass on two occasions. The Bailey Band has performed at The Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., and on the stage of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Ms. Petersen completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education at UNC‐Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Randy Kohlenberg and Dr. John R. Locke. She is a National Board Certified Music Teacher. She has been a Cable in the Classroom Award Winner, a Wachovia/First Union Ben Craig Outstanding Educator finalist, a semi‐finalist for the Harris Teacher of the Year, a Disney’s America’s Teacher Award Nominee, and recognized in Who’s Who of American Women twice and five times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was Teacher of the Year at Smith Middle School and at Bradley Middle School. Her primary instrument is the trombone. Ms. Petersen is a member of MENC, NCMEA, NCBA, SCDBA, WBDI, NBA, and ITA.