From the concert hall to the church sanctuary, conductor, performer, and educator Sam Broomell thrives in a dynamic environment. Sam draws his early artistic inspiration from listening to music with his father in the car, where he would listen to the same CD’s of U2 and Keane on repeat for months at a time. Over time, he learned to refine his listening to pick up on a new element with each repetition. This experience formed one of Sam’s artistic ideals: An artist can never fully know a skill well enough that it cannot be improved.
Sam brings interactivity and a desire to execute deliberately to each ensemble under his baton. He first made his concert hall debut with the Franklin & Marshall College Wind Ensemble in 2017, where he served as an Assistant Conductor of both the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Wind Ensemble. In 2022, Sam had the honor of being a finalist for a Band Officer and Conductor position with The United States Army Band. Sam has gratefully been named as Conductor of the Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble for the 2022-2023 academic year.
A versatile musician, Sam is just as comfortable playing in a rock band as he is on the podium. He draws inspiration from his background in Gospel, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Christian Rock music, allowing him to flourish in many musical environments. Sam is a freelance pianist and saxophonist, playing for weddings and special events in the Baltimore, Maryland area. He maintains an active private lesson studio, teaching piano, guitar, woodwind, and brass instruments. Sam also currently serves as the Lead Musician at Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Baltimore.
Sam is trusted by others to deliver quality musical experiences that excite. From 2020-2021, he was on the music faculty at Linville Hill Christian School, where he taught classroom music and directed several ensembles. He has served in the public schools, both as a jazz band director at Lampeter-Strasburg High School and band assistant at Solanco High School. From 2020-2022, he served as the Music Director at Faith Church in Quarryville, PA, overseeing the worship ensembles and audio-visual technology, alongside approximately 40 volunteers.
Sam has studied conducting with Harlan Parker and Brian Norcross. He has also worked with Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Richard Floyd, Jeffrey Grogan, James Smart, Cynthia Johnston Turner, John Lynch, and Andrew Yozviak at conducting workshops across the United States. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Candidate in Wind Conducting at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Sam also received a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the Peabody Institute. He earned a dual degree, Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Business Administration, with a concentration in Conducting and Saxophone Performance from Franklin & Marshall College. Trained in music and business, he strives to value both the organizational and artistic needs of every ensemble.
Sam is a current Fellow with the Timothy Foundation, which he is honored to take part in. He is also an active member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).