Earle W. Dickinson recently retired in 2002 as Director of Bands after 23 years at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. He also taught at Tripoli, Tipton and Wilson Junior High in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1969 and a Masters Degree in Music in 1972.
Dickinson became the Editor of the Iowa Bandmaster in the spring of 1982 and continued through the summer of 2002. He was elected President of the Iowa Bandmasters for the 1987-1988 school year and in 1989 was awarded the Karl King Distinguished Service Award- Active. In 2003 he received the Karl King Distinguished Service Award-Retired In 2000, School Band and Orchestra magazine recognized him as one of "50 Directors Who Make a Difference."
In semi-retirement, he is secondary music facilitator for the Cedar Rapids Schools and teaches low brass lessons at Jefferson High School. He also supervises student teachers and teaches methods classes for Coe College.