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Mr. Taplin has a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in horn performance, with minors in brass instruments, music theory and music history. He studied horn with Louis Stout and Harry Berv, composition with Leslie Bassett and orchestration/arranging with James Dapogny. He has served on the faculties of Olivet College (80-83), Concordia College (83-91), Heidelberg College (91-99), Hillsdale College (05-present), and the University of Toledo (99-present).
Alan Taplin lives in Springfield Township with his wife Carrie (also a horn player-Michigan Opera Theater), and his daughters Emily and Lily.