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Erin Fortune
Erin Fortune is the Marketing Manager focusing on digital marketing at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

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Music for All President and CEO, Eric Martin with scholarship winner Leah Warman.

The 2017 William D. Revelli Scholarship was awarded to Leah Warman of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama on Saturday, March 11th during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This annual scholarship of $1,000 was created in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s finest and most accomplished conductors, to help one graduating high school senior each year that is performing at the Music for All National Festival study music education at the university level. Each recipient is chosen based upon his or her academic, musical and community service accomplishments, a personal essay written about music education and a nomination from a his or her band director.

Leah is a two-time Honor Band of America member, and has performed in a variety of university, district, and state honor bands. As first chair in wind ensemble and trombone section leader in the marching band, Leah discovered that she has a passion for helping others realize their musical potential. Her servant leadership will serve her well as a music educator.

Since each recipient must intend to pursue a degree in music education, this scholarship has become an extension of Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively live-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All also offers opportunities for students, parents, and directors to perform and improve their musical and leadership skills through its workshops, competitions, festivals, and honor ensembles.

Music for All will continue to offer this scholarship in future years and encourages all qualifying students to apply. The application for next year’s scholarship will be released in late 2017.

 

 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Music for All President and CEO, Eric L. Martin, John Miller, Bruce Burritt. Not pictured: Michael Cesario.

Music for All inducted three new members into the Bands of America Hall of Fame: Bruce Burritt, Michael J. Cesario, and John Miller. These new members were inducted on Saturday, March 11th in a ceremony at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs and music education. 2017 inductees were announced during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They will be permanently recognized in the Bands of America Hall of Fame at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters, along with all the BOA Hall of Fame members inducted since the first in 2003.

Bruce Burritt

Longtime Bands of America adjudicator Bruce Burritt began his career as an elementary band director before becoming a high school band director in the West Genesee (NY) Central Schools in 1964. Under his direction, the marching band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble thrived for the next 16 years. As District Supervisor of Music, beginning in 1968, he spearheaded the growth of not only the band program, but also orchestra and chorus. He credits his success to a supportive administration and community.

In 1982, he made the leap to the administrative side of education. He served as assistant principal, high school principal, and finally superintendent of schools before his retirement in 1998 from the Avon School District in New York.
Despite his retirement, his influence continues to reverberate across the nation. Every five years, a call goes out to West Genesee alumni. They converge back on their hometown over Memorial Day weekend to reminisce, rehearse, and perform in the Memorial Day Parade. In 2016, 643 West Genesee High School band alumni converged to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their first competition by organizing what they believe to be the largest high school alumni performance ever. The alumni band was a quarter-mile long—nearly four and a half football fields in length.

“We’ve had wonderful memories and not so wonderful memories,” said Burritt. “That’s what life is. Each year, you come back. You keep going. Now we have a history and a legacy. That’s incredible.”
When asked for advice for his former students, he replied, “Always believe in yourself and what you can do. And no matter how tough it gets, never give up. Absolutely never give up.”

 

Michael J. Cesario

Michael Cesario is widely known and respected in the world of the marching arts. His uniform designs outfit thousands of ensembles nationwide, including many of the top marching bands, drum corps, and colorguards in the world. Joining his first drum corps at the age of nine in Wisconsin, he grew up in the performing arts, was active in marching band, and trained in theater. He majored in directing, and did graduate work in costume design. Upon aging out of the drum corps activity, he continued to work with corps like Phantom Regiment, the Garfield Cadets, Dutch Boy, the Madison Scouts, and many others.

In the world of theater, his work has appeared on Broadway, television, and on stages nationwide. He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he was instrumental in contributing to the evaluations for their certification. Purchase College (NY) named Cesario a professor emeritus for heading their graduate programs in design and serving as director of design/technology for the conservatory of theater arts in film. His work appears in textbooks for costume design students: The Magic Garment by Rebecca Cunningham and Costumer’s Handbook by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. The Julliard School, School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Illinois have welcomed him as a lecturer and teacher.

His work with Fred J. Miller, Inc. continues to delineate the cutting edge of uniforms in the pageantry arts, and he’s largely responsible for modernizing the look of the marching arts for the 21st century. Michael serves as DCI’s artistic director, is an active adjudicator, consultant and clinician nationwide, and a member of the DCI Hall of Fame.

 

John Miller

John Miller retired as the 30-year director of bands at American Fork High School in Utah in 2016. Under his direction, the band performed at the Utah Music Educators State Conference, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, the Peaks Jazz Festival, the Fiesta Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., as well as regular appearances at Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, Regionals, and Grand National Championships. Miller has been widely lauded at the district, state, regional and national levels, and in 2016 was awarded the Sorenson “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education” Award by the Utah State Board of Education.

Miller believes strongly in the development of student leaders and the growth of the students in all areas of their lives, and believes that every student should experience the joy of music performance and continues to serve as a mentor to many younger teachers—including over 30 of his own former students.

Miller, who holds a master’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University, is an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic and is the founding director of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band with over 85 members and an established concert series in the community.

Outside of music, he is active in the Boy Scouts of America, having received advanced Wood Badge training, and has received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award for long-term commitment to scouting.

 

Click here to see the complete list of Bands of America Hall of Fame Members.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

John Miller

JohnMillerWebJohn Miller retired as the 30-year director of bands at American Fork High School in Utah in 2016. Under his direction, the band performed at the Utah Music Educators State Conference, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, the Peaks Jazz Festival, the Fiesta Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., as well as regular appearances at Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, Regionals, and Grand National Championships. Miller has been widely lauded at the district, state, regional and national levels, and in 2016 was awarded the Sorenson “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education” Award by the Utah State Board of Education.

Miller believes strongly in the development of student leaders and the growth of the students in all areas of their lives, and believes that every student should experience the joy of music performance and continues to serve as a mentor to many younger teachers—including over 30 of his own former students.

Miller, who holds a master’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University, is an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic and is the founding director of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band with over 85 members and an established concert series in the community.

Outside of music, he is active in the Boy Scouts of America, having received advanced Wood Badge training, and has received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award for long-term commitment to scouting.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Michael J. Cesario

MichaelCesarioWEBMichael Cesario is widely known and respected in the world of the marching arts. His uniform designs outfit thousands of ensembles nationwide, including many of the top marching bands, drum corps, and colorguards in the world. Joining his first drum corps at the age of nine in Wisconsin, he grew up in the performing arts, was active in marching band, and trained in theater. He majored in directing, and did graduate work in costume design. Upon aging out of the drum corps activity, he continued to work with corps like Phantom Regiment, the Garfield Cadets, Dutch Boy, the Madison Scouts, and many others.

In the world of theater, his work has appeared on Broadway, television, and on stages nationwide. He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he was instrumental in contributing to the evaluations for their certification. Purchase College (NY) named Cesario a professor emeritus for heading their graduate programs in design and serving as director of design/technology for the conservatory of theater arts in film. His work appears in textbooks for costume design students: The Magic Garment by Rebecca Cunningham and Costumer’s Handbook by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. The Julliard School, School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Illinois have welcomed him as a lecturer and teacher.

His work with Fred J. Miller, Inc. continues to delineate the cutting edge of uniforms in the pageantry arts, and he’s largely responsible for modernizing the look of the marching arts for the 21st century. Michael serves as DCI’s artistic director, is an active adjudicator, consultant and clinician nationwide, and a member of the DCI Hall of Fame.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bruce Burritt

BruceBurrittWEBLongtime Bands of America adjudicator Bruce Burritt began his career as an elementary band director before becoming a high school band director in the West Genesee (NY) Central Schools in 1964. Under his direction, the marching band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble thrived for the next 16 years. As District Supervisor of Music, beginning in 1968, he spearheaded the growth of not only the band program, but also orchestra and chorus. He credits his success to a supportive administration and community.

In 1982, he made the leap to the administrative side of education. He served as assistant principal, high school principal, and finally superintendent of schools before his retirement in 1998 from the Avon School District in New York.
Despite his retirement, his influence continues to reverberate across the nation. Every five years, a call goes out to West Genesee alumni. They converge back on their hometown over Memorial Day weekend to reminisce, rehearse, and perform in the Memorial Day Parade. In 2016, 643 West Genesee High School band alumni converged to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their first competition by organizing what they believe to be the largest high school alumni performance ever. The alumni band was a quarter-mile long—nearly four and a half football fields in length.

“We’ve had wonderful memories and not so wonderful memories,” said Burritt. “That’s what life is. Each year, you come back. You keep going. Now we have a history and a legacy. That’s incredible.”
When asked for advice for his former students, he replied, “Always believe in yourself and what you can do. And no matter how tough it gets, never give up. Absolutely never give up.”

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Please join us in congratulating Sam Cantor on his recent promotion to Events Coordinator!

Sam joined Music for All in the Fall of 2014 as an Events Intern. After the completion of his internship, Sam was hired as an Events Assistant. As an Events Assistant, Sam has been responsible for planning and operating multiple Bands of America Marching Band Championships, has been a venue manager at the Music for All National Festival, and has been responsible for event logistics of several divisions at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

Sam's new role is vital in achieving strategic plan goals for the events department. He will be responsible for successfully planning and executing individual and team events throughout the year including, but not limited to: Bands of America Regional Championships and Grand Nationals, Music for All National Festival and Music for All Summer Symposium. In addition to events, he will play a crucial role as a supporting partner to other departments within Music for All to ensure every event meets our mission to provide positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

“Sam brings such a unique approach to Music for All events – an approach that ties together logistical reasoning, effective communication methods, and passion for the Music for All mission,” says Jenny Fultz, Event Manager. “ We are lucky to have him as a part of our team and as a representation of the Music for All mission around the country!”

Sam Cantor has a strong personal background in music. He began in concert, marching, and jazz bands at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio. He continued to play in multiple bands at The University of Toledo, and has been a member of a Non Profit Indianapolis Community Band, The Pride of Indy for 5 years. He has worn many hats within that organization, serving as Membership Chair for one year, Vice President for one year, and President for two years. In August 2015, Cantor co-chaired the 2015 LGBA National Conference in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to Sam on this much deserved promotion! We are thrilled that he will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand postively life-changing experiences through music for all!

 

Read full press release here.

Friday, March 03, 2017

2017 Jazz Band of America

2017 Jazz Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

The Jazz Band of America features members selected by recorded audition from music programs across the nation. The 2017 Jazz Band of America members first came together Wednesday morning for three days of rehearsals before tonight’s concert. The Jazz Band of America members represent the best high school jazz musicians in America.

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2017 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, Duquesne University

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, since 1997. Tomaro earned his B.S. degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years and performed as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band.
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Andy Martin
Guest Artist

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career as a teenager, quickly establishing himself on the Los Angeles music scene with his technique and virtuosity. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players by appearing as a guest artist and clinician at colleges and universities throughout the country.
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Concert Program Selections

Musical program to be selected from:

Black Orpheus ......................................................................................................arr. Tom Kubis
Footprints ....................................................................................Wayne Shorter/arr. Mike Tomaro
Four Seasons Suite ...................................................................................................Mike Tomaro
Imagine What a Change Will Do .................................................................Carol Jolin/arr. Tom Kubis
Ode to St. Cecillie ......................................................................Mary Lou Williams/arr. Mike Tomaro
Señor Mouse ......................................................................................Chick Corea/arr. Mike Tomaro
There Will Probably Never Be ....................................................................................arr. Tom Kubis
Suite for Three ................................................................................................... Bob Brookmeyer

2017 Jazz Band Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically.

Alto Saxophone
David Mason – Gibbs H.S., FL
Austin Zhang – Plano West H.S., TX

Tenor Saxophone
Solomon Alber – Amador Valley H.S., CA
Griffin Ross – Cedar Ridge H.S., NC

Baritone Saxophone
Duncan McElman – Rio Americano H.S., CA

Trumpet
Sam Butler – Fairhope H.S., AL
Summer Camargo – Dillard H.S., FL
Eric Gonzalez – Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Joe Sandholtz – Timpview H.S., UT
Bennett Phan – Newbury Park H.S., CA

Trombone
Spencer Gonzalez – Howard W. Blake H.S., FL
Leo Markel – Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Jacob Melsha – Kirkwood H.S., MO
Jonah Paquette – Charleston County School of the Arts, SC

Bass Trombone
Joshua Hernandez – Hanks H.S., TX

Bass
Gabriel Rupe – Denver School of the Arts, CO

Guitar
Liam Hughes-Butler – Denver School of the Arts, CO

Piano
Phillip Taylor – Oxbridge Academy, FL

Vibraphone
Christopher Brady – Millard West H.S., NE

Drumset
Gabriel Carpenter – Rio Americano H.S., CA

 

Vandoren Emerging Artist, Guest Soloist
Tim Struven, Saxophone

Past Jazz Band of America Members

 Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies

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Michael Tomaro
2017 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, Duquesne University

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, since 1997. Tomaro earned his B.S. degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years and performed as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, as well as heads of state from around the world. He also composed and/or arranged much of the Army Blues repertoire and was featured as a soloist on several of the group’s albums and CDs.

Tomaro has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both performer and writer – “Forgotten Dreams” (Seabreeze Jazz),  “Dancing Eyes” (Seabreeze Jazz), “Home Again” (Positive Music), and “Nightowl Suite” (Seabreeze Jazz). Additionally, Tomaro has also been featured on many other CDs as performer and/or arranger, including Nancy Wilson’s last two Grammy Award winning releases, “Turned To Blue” and “RSVP,” and recordings by the Bob Mintzer Big Band and the 21st Century Swing Band, all on the MCG Jazz label.

Tomaro’s music has been performed by the likes of jazz greats David Liebman, Wayne Bergeron, New York Voices, Allen Vizzutti, and many more, as well as high schools, colleges, and universities around the world. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras.

As a performer, he has worked with such diverse artists and groups as Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Band, and he has performed with guitarist Joe Negri, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Tomaro leads his own small groups, as well as the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded. He is a member and co-artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the city’s premiere big band. He is artistic director of the National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University and co-artistic director of the PJO Youth Band, a group comprised of 19 talented high school musicians from the local area.

Tomaro co-authored the textbook Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide (Hal Leonard Publications) with his long-time mentor, Dr. John Wilson, who was Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University from 1972-1996. It has been internationally recognized as one of the prime resources on this subject.

He is affiliated with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Jazz Education Network, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, from whom he has received numerous ASCAP Plus awards. Since his wife’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 2010, he has dedicated much of his time to organizing, arranging, and performing yearly concerts designed to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).

Andy Martin
Guest Artist

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career as a teenager, quickly establishing himself on the Los Angeles music scene with his technique and virtuosity. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players by appearing as a guest artist and clinician at colleges and universities throughout the country.

A world-class jazz musician, Martin is featured as leader or co-leader on twelve albums that showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Martin had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Vic’s CDs.

Martin is well known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in Los Angeles, Calif., Martin is the lead trombonist and a featured soloist with both Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and The Tom Kubis Band, and he was a featured soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band for 15 years. He has appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others.

Martin has long been one of Los Angeles’ most prominent trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Bublé. His television credits include the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Martin has been the lead trombonist on television shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol,” and has appeared regularly on the soundtracks of major television series such as “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and “King of the Hill.” His motion picture credits span the soundtracks of over 150 major films.

Friday, March 03, 2017

2017 Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

Music for All’s Honor Orchestra of America is a prestigious ensemble bringing together outstanding high school musicians from across the nation. Members are selected by recorded audition. They will come together for the first time on Wednesday, March 8 in Indianapolis, just days prior to their concert performances.

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Jeffrey Grogan
2017 Conductor
Education and Community Engagement Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Conductor and Artistic Director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

Jeffrey Grogan has served as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 2006. His humanistic approach to leadership, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Read full bio. 

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Larry J. Livingston
Music Director
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts. Read full bio. 

2017 Concert Program

España Rhapsody .................................................................................................Emanuel Charbier
Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” .................................................................Leonard Bernstein

 

2017 Honor Orchestra Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically. 

Violin 1
Mikayla Chan – Herricks H.S., NY
Yueci Chen – Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA
Sathya Edamadaka – Manhattan School of Music, NJ
Lyoung Kim – Woodbridge H.S., CA
Jay Kuo – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Adele Lee – Adlai E. Stevenson H.S., IL
Shulammite Lim – Olathe North H.S., KS
Sophia Motai – Tenafly H.S., NJ
Andrew Nguyen – Avon H.S., IN
Irene Qiao – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Claire Tseng – Buchholz H.S., FL
Victor Zhang – East Brunswick H.S., NJ

Violin 2
Nicole Allen – Olathe North H.S., KS
Alain Alvarado – New World School of the Arts, FL
Sophie Andrews – Chatham H.S., NJ
Gerardo Ayala – Mount Eden H.S., CA
Andres Caveda – Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer, FL
Noam Elisha – Esperanza H.S., CA
Isabel Evans – Alcuin Montessori, IL
Evan Johnson – Princess Anne H.S., VA
Ryan Larson – Avon H.S., IN
Jiwon Lee – Masuk H.S., CT
Edwin Ramos – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Catherine Sager – Homeschooled, FL
John Viehweg – Olathe North H.S., KS
Issac Yoo – Arnold O. Beckman H.S., CA

Viola
Caroline Emenaker – Avon H.S., IN
Caroline Huang – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Zachary Huang Ogata – Northwood H.S., CA
Adam Savage – Homeschooled, FL
Alexandra Spees – Avon H.S., IN
Emily Uh – Northwood H.S., CA
Megan Xu – Great Neck North H.S., NY
Alice Yoon – Fishers H.S., IN

Cello
Suhn Hyoung Kim – Northwood H.S., CA
Allie Kreitman – University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, IL
Aaron Lai – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Gregory Llewellyn – Dwight Englewood School and Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, NJ
Jungwoo Park – Phillips Academy, CA
Samuel Reiten – Blaine Senior H.S., MN
Phebe Sager – Homeschooled, FL
Megan Savage – Homeschooled, FL

Bass
Diego Martinez – Houston H.S., TN
Ariana Ruiz – Omaha South H.S., NE
Shane Savage – Homeschooled, FL
Chelsea Strayer – San Marcos H.S., CA

Flute
Stella Brooks – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Joanna Lau – Herricks H.S., NY
Daniel Lopez – Wheeling H.S., IL

Oboe
Andres Ayola – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Tyler Romesberg – Satellite H.S., FL
Ana Sofia Uzsoy – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC

Bassoon
Jordan Dreyer – West Milford H.S., NJ
Jackson Holdbrooks – Thompson H.S., AL

Clarinet
Ji Heon Kim – Fort Lee H.S., NJ
Stephen Li – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Brianna Owens – Cookeville H.S., TN

Alto Saxophone
Emma Peleg – LaGuardia H.S., NY

Bass Clarinet
Adam Cordero – Herricks H.S., NY

Horn
Anna Dorey – J.W. Mitchell H.S., FL
Molly Kaplan – Hagerty H.S., FL
Steven Locastro – Thompson H.S., AL
Madison Ray – D. W. Daniel H.S., SC
Julian Stiles – Pascack Valley H.S., NJ

Trumpet
Benjamin Keating – Southside H.S., AR
Ben Rattanavong – Cookeville H.S., TN
Stephen Rubio – Mountain View H.S., TX
Samuel Stout – Streator Township H.S., IL

Trombone
Derek Douglas – Sumrall H.S., MS
Russ Garayanala – Hillcrest H.S., AL

Bass Trombone
Richard Fox – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL

Tuba
Adolfo Monterroso Jr. – PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers, NY

Percussion
Reilly McLean – Kell H.S., GA
Elijah Shina – Youth Performing Arts School, KY
Tyler Smith – Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, PA
Christopher Wu – Northwood H.S., CA

Drum Set
Andrew Wray – Olathe East H.S., KS

Special performance assistance from:
Stephanie Hall, Harp
Annie King, Harp
Alex Verdoorn, Piano

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Conductor and Music Director Biographies

Jeffrey Grogan, 2017 Conductor

Jeffrey Grogan has served as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 2006. His humanistic approach to leadership, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Grogan also serves as Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestra Program, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. In addition, Grogan is artistic director of the El Sistema inspired music program the Paterson Music Project in Paterson, N.J., and artistic advisor to the NJSO CHAMPs (Character, Achievement and Music Project) in Newark, N.J. Grogan considers his work with young musicians to be the cornerstone of his career.

He has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious festivals. He was also a participant in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Grogan is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Michigan.

Prior to moving to the New York Metropolitan Area, Grogan was on faculty at the University of Michigan, Baylor University and Ithaca College, where he was associate professor and director of orchestras.

Larry J. Livingston, Music Director

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts.

Since 2004, Livingston has served as guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led All-State Ensembles across the United States including Texas, where he appeared for a record ninth time. From 2004-2012, Livingston was Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras. In recent years, Maestro Livingston conducted the All-State Ensembles of Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas, and California, as well as the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland.

Livingston has held positions as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, where he Chairs the Conducting Department. Livingston leads the national educational quest, ALL IN, and heads the Education Committee of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

In 2013, Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.”

 
Friday, March 03, 2017

2017 Honor Band of America

2017 Honor Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

The Honor Band of America is recognized as one of the nation’s premier honor ensembles. Members were selected by recorded audition, and the standards of acceptance for the Honor Band of America are of the highest level. Members first met Wednesday evening (March 8) for three days of rehearsals before Saturday evening's concert. Honor Band of America alumni play in professional symphonies and ensembles, teach music nationwide, and otherwise represent the best and brightest in their fields.

Colburn 32Michael Colburn
2017 Conductor
Director of Bands, Butler University

Colonel Michael J. Colburn was the 27th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. During his more than twenty years with “The President’s Own,” Col. Colburn served as principal euphonium, assistant director, and from July 2004-14, the director who led the Marine Band in its third century.
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2017 Concert Program

Star Spangled Banner ....................................................................................................Jack Stamp

Richard Crain, conductor

Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme ........................................................Michael Gandolfi
The Engulfed Cathedral ..............................................................Claude Debussy/trans. Merlin Patterson
Pictures at an Exhibition ..........................................Modest Moussorgsky/arr. Maurice Ravel, Paul Lavender

2017 Honor Band Members

Flute
Cameron Bilek – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Evan Curatolo – Lincoln-Way East H.S., IL
Loren Diggs – Jenks H.S., OK
Emily Elmore – Manatee H.S., FL
Amy Jiang – Northview H.S., GA
Akie Kadota – T.C. Williams H.S., VA
Rebekah Laflin – The King's Academy, FL
Juniper Parker – Scott County H.S., KY
Stephanie Yao – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC

Oboe
Theodore Grosson – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Jamison Hillian – Chesterfield H.S., SC
Daniel Outlaw – Satellite H.S., FL
Eleanor Rasmussen – Fort Mill H.S., SC

Clarinet
John Burton – Campo Verde H.S., AZ
Justin Chienyuen – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Madison Childs – Yorkville H.S., IL
Emily Cooper – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY
Naomi Farkas – River Hill H.S., MD
Aaric Han – Panther Creek H.S., NC
Madison Hansen – Biloxi H.S., MS
Kassi Hatakenaka – Kalani H.S., HI
Avra Janz – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Mieri Kim – Centerville H.S., OH
Dory Li – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Macy Miller – Norris H.S., NE
Nathan Richey – Model Laboratory H.S., KY
Jason Wilcox – Yorkville H.S., IL
Stacey Xiang – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Olivia Zastro – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY

Bass Clarinet
Scott Allen – Mountain View H.S., AZ
Lucas LaVoie – Belchertown H.S., MA
Thomas Shermulis – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL

Bassoon
Erin Acree – Oak Mountain H.S., AL
Ian Jef Bongalonta – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Ntinyari Miriti – Lafayette H.S., KY
Catherine Willingham – Chamblee Charter H.S., GA

French Horn
Kristin Andlauer – Roxbury H.S., NJ
Marcus Franck – Thompson H.S., AL
Lauren Goff – Walled Lake Central H.S., MI
Adam Julian – Centerville H.S., OH
Brian Keane – Wheeling H.S., IL
Kevin Lauer – Morton H.S., IL
Sydney Linke – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Jenna Montes – William Mason H.S., OH
Dominick Neville – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Hannah Shea – Long Reach H.S., MD
Will Sizemore – Northern Guilford H.S., NC
Hannah Small – Mason H.S., OH

Saxophone - Alto
Robert Brown – Wylie H.S., TX
Brant Ford – Henderson County H.S., KY
Jason Frazier – Franklin H.S., TN
Veronica Leahy – Charlotte Latin School, NC

Saxophone - Bari
Benjamin Vandeberg – Bob Jones H.S., AL

Saxophone - Tenor
Ian Chenoweth – Morton H.S., IL
Austin Matte – Lafayette H.S., LA

Trumpet
Joseph Ardovino – Thompson H.S., AL
Demeatry Brooks – Belleville H.S., MI
Lawrence Duong – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Brianna Imgruet – Downers Grove South H.S., IL
Webster Littleton – Franklin H.S., TN
Joshua Metz – West Orange High School, FL
Tiffany Nakayama – Kalani H.S., HI
Cary Patterson – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Robert Smith – Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Richard Stinson – Lassiter H.S., GA
Mikayla Sweet – Deer Creek H.S., OK
Grant Teserovitch – Centerville H.S., OH

Trombone
Spencer Banister – Papillion La Vista South H.S., NE
Andrew Campbell – Lassiter H.S., GA
Kamali Clora – Belleville H.S., MI
Nathan Culcasi – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Joseph Diaz – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Connor Hoverman – McComb H.S., OH
Jacob Howey – Blue Valley H.S., KS
Key Poulan IV – Clovis West H.S., CA
Nathan Rhodes – Centerville H.S., OH
Katie Thornton – Franklin H.S., TN
Jack Trathen – Raleigh Charter H.S., NC

Euphonium
Tyler Demsheck – Wando H.S., SC
Jason Donnelly – Paul J. Hagerty H.S., FL
Isaac Slavens – Kings H.S., OH
Caleb Tanck – Vega H.S., TX

Tuba
Wesley Hurt – Madison Central H.S., KY
Glen Johnson – Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
Christofer Miller – Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Sean Ryan – Wheeling H.S., IL
Dalton Walls – Star City H.S., AR
Leah Warman – Thompson H.S., AL

Percussion
Phil Barrett – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Christian Cordobes – Miami Dade Schools, FL
Chandler Fetterolf – Prosper High School, TX
Ian Jones – River Bluff H.S., SC
Mark Larrivee – Norwood H.S., MA
Christopher McDole – Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Joseph Navarra – Centerville H.S., OH
Luis Perdomo – Saint Cloud H.S., FL
Jakob Schoenfeld – Paul J. Hagerty H.S., FL
Fabiano Soler – Mimai arts studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer, FL

Past Honor Band of America Members

Conductor Biography

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Michael Colburn
2017 Conductor
Director of Bands, Butler University

 

Colonel Michael J. Colburn was the 27th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. During his more than twenty years with “The President’s Own,” Col. Colburn served as principal euphonium, assistant director, and from July 2004-14, the director who led the Marine Band in its third century.
Col. Colburn is a native of St. Albans, VT, where he graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1982. Following high school, he attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam for two years. He continued his education at Arizona State University in Tempe, where he studied euphonium with Daniel Perantoni and earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1986. In 1991, Col. Colburn earned a master’s degree in conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he studied with Anthony Maiello.

After joining “The President’s Own” in May 1987 as a euphonium player, Col. Colburn regularly performed at the White House, in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and throughout the country during the band’s annual concert tour. He quickly distinguished himself as a featured soloist, and in 1990 was appointed principal euphonium. In addition to his euphonium duties, Col. Colburn was active as a conductor for “The President’s Own” chamber music series. In 1996, he was appointed assistant director and commissioned a first lieutenant. He accepted the position of senior assistant director and executive officer in 2001, and in 2002, was promoted to the rank of major. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel one day before he assumed leadership of “The President’s Own” on July 17, 2004. He was promoted to colonel on July 3, 2007 by President George W. Bush in an Oval Office ceremony and awarded the Legion of Merit on July 11, 2008, the Marine Band’s 210th birthday, by Marine Corps Commandant, General James T. Conway.

As director of “The President’s Own,” not only was Col. Colburn music adviser to the White House, but he also served as music director of Washington, D.C.’s prestigious Gridiron Club, a position held by every Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa. He regularly conducted the Marine Band at the Executive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations, and he is a member of both the Alfalfa Club and the American Bandmasters Association.

As director, Col. Colburn attracted prominent guest conductors to the podium of “The President’s Own,” including Leonard Slatkin, José Serebrier, and renowned film composer John Williams. Col. Colburn was deeply committed to seeking new works for the Marine Band, and was directly involved in commissions from composers David Rakowski (Ten of a Kind, Sibling Revelry, Cantina), David Chaitkin (Celebration), Melinda Wagner (Scamp), Jennifer Higdon (Percussion Concerto), and Michael Gandolfi. Col. Colburn worked to expand the Marine Band’s educational outreach efforts by increasing master classes at schools throughout the nation during the band’s annual concert tour and by initiating Music in the High Schools, a program that sends musicians from “The President’s Own” to perform in Washington, D.C., area high schools.

 

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