Prior to joining the faculty at PBA, Dr. Rowley served as director of bands at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX. His duties included directing all facets of the university band program, which include the university symphonic band, pep band, and chamber ensembles, as well as teaching undergraduate courses in music education, instrumental methods, conducting, music appreciation, and applied trumpet. From 2015-2019, Dr. Rowley served as assistant professor of music education, coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree Program, and director of assessment and accountability (2015-16) in the College of Education at Florida A&M University. His duties included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, graduate level conducting, curriculum and instruction, and coordinating all aspects of the accreditation, accountability, and assessment activities in the Florida A&M University College of Education. From 2007-2014, Dr. Rowley served as assistant director of bands at North Carolina Central University located in Durham, North Carolina. During this time, Dr. Rowley helped build the band program at NCCU in numbers, musical quality, and historic performances. The division of bands at North Carolina Central University had an award-winning marching band, three concert bands, and several chamber ensembles. Dr. Rowley’s duties as the assistant director of bands at North Carolina Central University included coordinating and rehearsing the marching band, conducting the Symphonic Band, and directing chamber ensembles. In 2011, the North Carolina Central University Band became the first historically black college and university band program from the State of North Carolina to perform at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
Prior to his appointment at North Carolina Central University, Professor Rowley taught public school music in Dekalb County, Georgia. During his tenure as an instrumental music educator there, he served as an instrumental music teacher at Chapel Hill Middle School and assistant band director at Southwest Dekalb High School from 2005-2007. During this time, all of his performing ensembles (Marching Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and Chamber Ensembles) received straight superior ratings at district and national musical festivals. The Southwest Dekalb High School was also one of twelve bands that were chosen to participate in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005.
Dr. Rowley is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association (NBA), Collegiate Band Directors Association (CBDNA), International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and Collegiate Music Society (CMS).