Wade Irvin, professor of music, holds the B.S. degree in music education and the M.M. in performance from Auburn University and the D.M.A in performance from the University of Alabama. Prior to his appointment to the faculty in 1993, he served as associate professor of woodwinds at Mississippi State University (six years), as assistant director of bands at the University of Mississippi (one year), Northeast Mississippi Junior College (five years), and Itawamba Community College (three years).
Dr. Irvin has performed extensively in the region including feature performances with the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (where he is principal bassoonist) and the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble (aired on Public Radio in Mississippi). Other groups of which he has been a regular member include the Memphis (TN), Mississippi, Meridian, and Tuscaloosa (AL) Symphony Orchestras. His numerous clinics include presentations for the Mississippi Bandmasters State Band Clinic and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the International Double Reed Society.
He is co-founder of the Midsouth Double Reed Society, a non-profit organization that promotes the art of double reed playing by encouraging the improvement of the performance of double reed instruments, and assisting teachers and students of double reed instruments to attain high standards of performance.
Dr. Irvin's responsibilities at Ole Miss include studio saxophone and bassoon, coaching chamber ensembles (saxophone quartets and woodwind quintets), single and double reed methods, and serving as bassoonist with the University of Mississippi Faculty Woodwind Quintet.