News & Calendar
May 17th, 2017
WASBE Conductor Professional Development Program welcomes you to join the Conducting Masterclass with an amazing panel of clinicians: Dennis L. Johnson, Douglas Bostock, Jan Cober and Mark Heron will be sharing with all of us, their experience and knowledge as teachers and conductors. With them we will have the following ensembles: Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Dutch Philips Symphony Orchestra – PSO Winds and The European Youth Chamber Winds. Please send the application form and join a video recording with your conducting (5 to 10 minutes) via any upload website (for example https://wetransfer.com ) until 31 May 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org 6 conductors will be selected by the WASBE Conductor Professional Development Program and the clinicians. Please join us and enjoy this awesome conference doing great music!
June 12th, 2017
From June 12-25, 2017, the University of North Texas Conducting Collegium is co-sponsored by the WMC International Conductors Competition and System Blue. Over the twelve-day course, up to forty conductors will appear with the North Texas Wind Symphony in a series of four concerts.
July 9th, 2017
Registration is open for the 2017 Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium, a six-day program designed to enhance musicianship, conducting, and teaching. This year our guest clinician will be Steven Davis. In addition to conducting an ensemble and receiving feedback from the faculty, attendees will participate in masterclasses and discussions on choosing repertory, score study, rehearsal techniques, movement and interpretation. The repertory will include standard works for band, chamber music, and works for ensembles of various levels. The workshop dates are July 9-14 (beginning at 4:00 p.m. on 7/9, ending at 3:00 p.m. on 7/14). Participant registration is limited, so early submission is recommended.
July 17th, 2017
The Seattle Conducting Symposium, a week long event to be held from July 17-21 on the beautiful campus of the University of Washington, is open to conductors and educators of all levels. Morning sessions will include discussion of repertoire selection, rehearsal technique, score analysis and gestural vocabulary. Participants will spend the afternoon sessions conducting full ensemble works while receiving instruction from guest clinician Dr. Sarah McKoin of Texas Tech University and Professor Timothy Salzman of the University of Washington. Up to thirty one clock hours, based upon attendance, will be provided by the Washington Music Educators Association. Clock hours are free to WMEA members. Non-members pay $2 per clock hour claimed. Registration is now open.
June 25th, 2017
Registration is open for the 2017 Shenandoah Conservatory Instrumental Conducting Workshop, a four-day symposium designed for wind band conductors of all levels. Guest clinician Craig Kirchhoff (University of Minnesota) joins me Sunday, June 25, through Wednesday, June 28, on our Winchester, VA campus in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. There are 24 spots for conducting participants and an unlimited number of spots for non-conducting participants. Registration and symposium information is all available online at: http://www.su.edu/ics
June 13th, 2017
As you are aware, the AWSO has commissioned over 450 works, all published by the C. F. Peters Corporation. I have been remiss in the effort of bringing other conductors into the AWSO fold in order to continue this project into the future. It is time that several of us come together to bring to our fellow conductors a greater awareness of the remarkable works that have been composed for the winds, brass, percussion, harp, keyboard the symphony orchestra minus the strings. We hope to include wind and orchestral conductors during the eight-week 2017 tour that starts on June 13 in the Chicago area, proceeds through Lake Michigan visiting communities such as Sheboygan, WI, Manistique and Holland, MI, then into Lake Huron where we perform in Goderich and Windsor, Ontario, and Lake Erie for several more Canadian communities to celebrate Canadas 150th anniversary as an independent nation. The tour will conclude on August 8 on the Erie Barge Canal, also celebrating a birthday its 200th. Each invited conductor will join the AWSO tour for two or three days, live on the floating arts center as guests of the orchestra and conduct one work selected by the orchestras music director. It is also important to include two or three musicians representing the schools of the participating conductors. This would not only provide the students with a knowledge of the larger repertoire, having performed it, but also enable those students to share this knowledge with their conductors and ensembles upon their return to school. Interested conductors should contact: Robert Austin Boudreau Music Director American Wind Symphony Orchestra 550 Plains Church Road Mars, PA 16046 T: 724-779-8334 F: 724-742-2897 email@example.com www.americanwindsymphonyorchestra.org
June 23rd, 2017
Sonoma State University announces the 5th annual Summer Wind Band Conducting Workshop June 19-23, 2017 at the Green Music Center. Sonoma State is located in Rohnert Park, CA, 45 miles north of San Francisco and in the heart of Californias Wine Country. Gary W. Hill, Director of Bands at Arizona State University and Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands at Sonoma State University will lead the workshop. Registration is limited to 15 Participant-Conductors, and an unlimited number of observers. All participants will receive ample podium time and one-on-one instructional time with the clinicians. Additional seminars related to conducting and movement, score study, rehearsal methods and personal growth will be explored.
July 30th, 2017
Composer in residence Gary Carpenter http://www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk/windconducting.html This internationally recognised course is for conductors at intermediate and advanced levels with an interest in wind repertoire, or a desire to immerse themselves in issues relating to conducting wind and brass instruments. Up to twenty-five students will be accepted as "active" participants. Observers are also encouraged and will be fully involved in the course, but they will only conduct at the discretion of the tutors. An integral feature of the week is that all active participants receive podium time with an ensemble each day and a performance opportunity at the end of the week. This year we are fortunate to have the eminent composer Gary Carpenter to join us. Gary will not only spend time with the class but will assist in the preparation of his works for performance. Participants will explore the physical language of conducting, score preparation, rehearsal technique and repertoire knowledge. All conducting sessions are filmed. The course runs concurrently with the Wind Ensemble Course and there will be close liaison between the two including the opportunity for selected participants to work with that ensemble. All participants receive podium time with an ensemble every day. Cost for 7 nights accommodation, all tuition, meals, entrance to all concerts only £528 / €621 / US$647
February 17th, 2017
more information see http://www.ballstatebands.com/conducting-workshop
June 11th, 2017
Information is now available online for the 2017 Michigan State University Conducting Symposium. The event will be held Sunday through Friday, June 11-16, 2017. Clinicians will include MSU faculty members Kevin Sedatole and Kevin Noe. Our guest clinician will be Jeffrey Grogan of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. NEW for 2017: There will be two tracks, winds or orchestral, offered for participants. Participants will be required to conduct four times in their primary track and once in the opposing track. Repertoire includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland. Applications will be accepted Monday, January 9 at 9am EST. A completed symposium application form and current CV will be required for consideration. There is no limit on observer participants.
June 13th, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce the 2017 Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop. The workshop will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 13-17, and will feature clinicians Jerry F. Junkin, Donald Schleicher, Richard Floyd, Scott Hanna, and Bob Duke. Participants will conduct the UT Summer Wind Ensemble in music by Gounod, Mozart, Strauss, and Stravinsky. The fee is $650 for participants and $350 for observers. Registration will open online on Tuesday, January 17, and enrollment will be limited to the first 20 paid and qualified participants. Everyone registering for a participant position will also be asked to submit a CV through our online system. There is no limit for observer positions.
February 23rd, 2017
Frederick Fennell Memorial Conducting Masterclass 2017 A Conductors Guild Sponsored Workshop February 23-25, 2017 Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY The Conductors Guild is proud to offer an exciting workshop with the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Now in its seventh year, the Frederick Fennell Memorial Masterclass continues to honor the legacy of Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. This Conductor Training Workshop provides participants with the experience of conducting wind ensemble literature under the guidance of Eastman faculty members Donald Hunsberger and Mark Scatterday, and Craig Kirchhoff, Professor Emeritus from the University of Minnesota. Twelve active participants will receive over 50 minutes of podium time with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Harmonie. Ten active participants will receive 20 minutes of podium time with the Eastman Wind Orchestra. Auditors will not have podium time but are open to all sessions. This workshop is sponsored by the Conductors Guild and is open only to members of the Conductors Guild. If you are not a current member of the Conductors Guild, you may join online at www.conductorsguild.org/membership . The Conductors Guild will not accept workshop applications from non-members. Application Deadline: December 15, 2016. Applicants should submit their application, headshot, and video through our online application portal. DVDs are not accepted. You may upload your video or submit links to YouTube or Vimeo. Payment of the $75 application fee should be submitted using the online form included in the application. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the new application process. Late applications cannot be accepted. Consult the CG Video Guidelines for suggestions regarding the preparation of a conducting video. The Conductors Guild website also contains important information about workshop application review procedures, and about the goals and format of CG Workshops.
February 10th, 2017
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2017 Conductors Symposium at the University of Central Missouri. This year`s symposium - again including both instrumental and choral tracks - will be held on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, with Featured Clinicians, Rob Carnochan, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities at the University of Miami, and Andrew Crane, Professor of Choral Conducting at Brigham Young University.
February 17th, 2017
Registration for the 2017 University of Illinois Wind Conducting Symposium is open and is limited to the first 18 applicants. The event is February 17 and 18, 2017, and will include a concert by the Illinois Wind Symphony on Friday night. Our guest clinician is Steven Davis from UMKC. More information can be found at: https://bands.illinois.edu/content/illinois-band-conductors-symposium-0
January 27th, 2017
LSU writes: "We are happy to provide this terrific opportunity January 27-28, 2017. We are excited to welcome Jerry Junkin to campus as our special guest for the symposium. Participants will spend two days conducting LSUs top ensembles and receiving feedback from Prof. Junkin and the LSU Band Faculty, as well as renowned Music Education Professor Jim Byo."
December 3rd, 2016
The Eastern European Association of Bands and Ensembles, the University of Szeged – Faculty of Music and the Private Music School of Makó are organising an International Wind Band Conductors Competition from 03 to 04 December 2016 in Szeged, Hungary. This represents an opportunity for Contestants to gain indispensable professional experience for further development through being adjudicated by an international jury. The competition is organised by the local government and the local music school and conductors are competing in three categories (first, second and third categories) according to the criteria carefully and elaborately defined by the professional members of the association. The jury assesses the conductors’ performance and gives a percentage score. This method contributes to a precise and reliable assessment that is independent of the type and quality of the contestants (by awarding more than one first, second, third places) and provides a genuine help for ensembles in their future career development. The orchestra will be a concert band. Contestants in each category are required to play two compulsory pieces of music. (Sheet music is available at the publisher or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 4th, 2016
The Kent Wind Band Conductors Symposium, a workshop for conductors of all experience levels takes place in November 4-5, 2016, on the Kent State University campus in Northeast Ohio. Distinguished musician and teacher Prof. Gary Hill, Director of Bands at Arizona State University, will be their featured clinician, which offers the opportunity to conduct a live ensemble and receive video-recorded feedback. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to 15 conductors to maximize podium time. For more information and to register, please visit: www.kent.edu/music/symposium
July 19th, 2016
The RNCM is pleased to invite applications for its 2016-17 programme of external conducting master classes. There will be a one day course on 25 November 2016, a two day course from 20 - 21 February 2017, and a three day course from 12 – 14 May 2017. They also run a course for conductors working in music education, information about that is available from www.rncm.ac.uk/conducting
July 5th, 2016
In 2016 eight conducting courses named Lifelong Learning International (LLI) will be held around the world. These courses will be run by recognized teachers who have strong relations with the musical culture of the area in which they will be teaching. See pdf brochures under "read more"..
September 7th, 2016
Deadline July 1, 2016
July 31st, 2016
Wind Conducting Course with Mark Heron, Bjørn Sagstad and Cynthia Johnston Turner. Composer in residence: Martin Ellerby
July 18th, 2016
Indiana State University is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 Summer Conducting Symposium, a five-day symposium designed for wind and orchestral conductors whose specific interests include conducting chamber wind music. Guest clinicians Frank Battisti and Tim Foley will join Dr. Roby G. George Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22, 2016 on the campus of ISU in Terre Haute. The focus will be on interpretation, technique, and score preparation.
July 18th, 2016
The Hartt School Summerterm Instrumental Conducting Clinic Clinicians: Glen Adsit, Edward Cumming
July 18th, 2016
West Chester University Wind Conducting Symposium Clinicians: Richard Floyd, Steven D. Davis, Andrew Yozviak, M. Gregory Martin
July 11th, 2016
Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshop Clinicians: Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Emily Threinen
July 11th, 2016
Cal State L.A. Conducting and Teaching Workshop Clinicians: Michael Colburn, Robert Belser, Emily Moss
July 5th, 2016
Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium Clinicians: Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds
July 2nd, 2016
From 02.07. - 07.07.2016 the first international conductors competition will take place in Augsburg. In the context of the 15th anniversary of Germany's (and Austria's) only professorship of symphonic wind band conducting, conductors prove their abilities before an international expert jury. Special focus will be on the conductors` versatility.
June 27th, 2016
Sonoma State University Wind Band Conducting and Music Education Symposium Clinicians: Kevin Sedatole, Andy Collinsworth
June 26th, 2016
Daily conducting sessions on chamber and full ensemble repertoire, clinics, masterclasses and much more. Featured Clinicians Gary W. Hill and Timothy J. Robblee
June 26th, 2016
UCLA Wind Conducting Workshop Clinicians: Michael Haithcock, Travis J. Cross
June 21st, 2016
VTBDI is a four-day symposium designed for wind band teachers of all levels.
June 19th, 2016
University of Michigan Band Conducting and Pedagogy Workshop, Clinicians: Michael Haithcock, Courtney Snyder, Jerry Schweibert
June 14th, 2016
University of Texas Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop. Clinicians: Jerry F. Junkin, Larry J. Livingston, Richard Floyd, Scott Hanna, Bob Duke
June 13th, 2016
conducting elevated wind conducting workshop with Scott Hagen & Craig Kirchhoff
June 5th, 2016
Michigan State University Conducting Symposium Clinicians: Kevin Sedatole, Kevin Noe, Jerry Junkin, John Madden, David Thornton, Dustin Barr
May 11th, 2016
Third University of Georgia International Undergraduate Conductors Workshop, held May 11 - June 3, 2016 in Alessandria, Italy. This three-week course will focus on fundamentals of body movement, score study, and wind band repertoire under the direction of Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger, UGA Associate Director of Bands, and special guest Director of Bands, Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner. Participants will experience Italian culture through wonderful trips to Parma and Torino.
May 4th, 2016
In conjunction with Yamaha Music Europe (specifically, Yamaha BläserKlasse), Germany is the venue for an internationally collaborative wind band pedagogy seminar at the Landesmusikakademie Hessen in Schlitz, Germany from May 4-7, 2016.
April 23rd, 2016
Baylor Conducting Symposium Clinicians: Craig Kirchhoff and Eric Wilson
February 18th, 2016
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference; Clinicians: Eric Wilson, Kevin Geraldi, John Locke
February 12th, 2016
Ball State University Wind Band Conducting Workshop Clinicians: Allan McMurray, Thomas Caneva
February 4th, 2016
CCM Wind Conducting Workshop, Clinicians: Craig Kirchhoff, Glenn Price
November 20th, 2015
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce the 2016 Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing Workshop. The workshop will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 14-18, and will feature clinicians Jerry F. Junkin, Larry J. Livingston, Richard Floyd, Scott Hanna, and Bob Duke.
November 6th, 2015
Information is now available online for the 2016 Michigan State University Conducting Symposium, to be held June 5-10, 2016. Clinicians will include MSU faculty members Kevin Sedatole and Kevin Noe. The guest clinician will be Jerry Junkin from the University of Texas at Austin.
July 19th, 2017
The WASBE Composition Contest was a great success. We had a total of 42 compositions applied, 21 composers from 12 countries around the world. We have categorised the submitted compositions in 2 categories. The three finalists in the category „Community Band“ were: - Johan de Meij (The Netherlands): AFRICAN HARMONY - Gregory Fritze (USA): PERSHING - Hung Ping Chang (Taiwan): MULAN FANTASIE The three finalists in the category „Educational“ are: - Lin Chang (China): FOLKSONG OF MIDU - Nelson Jesus (Portugal): WOLF TEARS - Renato Goulart (Brazil): SUITE DO VALE At the WASBE Conference in Utrecht Maestro Björn Bus lead the Wind Orchestra of Dutch Customs through the WASBE composition contest finalists and performed live the compositions. The winners are: Category „Community Band“: PERSHING by Gregory Fritze (USA) Category „Educational“: WOLF TEARS by Nelson Jesus (Portugal) Congratulations to all participants and especially all finalists and a special thank you to Björn Bus with the Wind Orchestra of Dutch Customs!
July 16th, 2017
Andrew Pease (USA) is writing his impressions on the WASBE Conference in Utrecht. We strongly recommend his blog so you get not only a schedule of the Conference and its concerts but also a personal opinion on the event. Please go to http://windliterature.org/2017/07/18/wasbe-utrecht-day-1-18-july-2017/ and check daily.
May 24th, 2017
The WASBE Composition Contest is a great success. We had a total of 42 compositions applied, 21 composers from 12 countries around the world. We have categorised the submitted compositions in 2 categories. The three finalists in the category „Community Band“ are: - Johan de Meij (The Netherlands): AFRICAN HARMONY - Gregory Fritze (USA): PERSHING - Hung Ping Chang (Taiwan): MULAN FANTASIE The three finalists in the category „Educational“ are: - Lin Chang (China): FOLKSONG OF MIDU - Nelson Jesus (Portugal): WOLF TEARS - Renato Goulart (Brazil): SUITE DO VALE We are excited to present the winner pieces at the WASBE Conference in Utrecht. Congratulations to all participants!
May 12th, 2017
Two commissions commissioned by a consortium of school and college bands organised by the WASBE Schools committee, chairman Richard Jones, were recorded by Cleveland Winds and Cleveland State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Birch Browning . Aue (2001)/Christopher Marshall Dance Sequence (2003)/ Marco Pütz
May 12th, 2017
A previously unpublished composition by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams has been offered for its first publication to Paul Noble’s on-line publishing business, Bandmusicpdf.net, by The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Oxford University Press. Bandmusicpdf.net is a publishing partner of Oxford University Press, and Dr. Noble has arranged orchestral compositions for performance by Concert Bands numbering over 225 titles, many of which are licensed by Oxford University Press.
March 30th, 2017
World Premiere Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra Edwin Roxburgh CHANGE OF SOLOIST - KARL LUTCHMEYER L’Homme Armé Christopher Marshall Music for Winds Stanislav Skrowaczewski Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra Conductor Tim Reynish Blackheath Halls, 7.30pm on March 30th The world premiere of the Piano Concerto by Edwin Roxburgh, commissioned by Tim and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son William Reynish who died a climbing accident in the Pyrenees in 2001, will take place at Trinity College London at 7.30pm on March 30th.
February 26th, 2017
There is an original and new initiative by the Spanish composer Carlos Pellicer: the 'World Premiere Chain' of a composition for band: the idea is born of the composer himself: 'For some time now I have been thinking of being able to carry out a project of this kind, to be able to make a debut debut of one of my works. A premiere in each country. Only one premiere in each country. In this way the whole world will have access to it.' These are some of the bands already confirmed at the event: José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana & Banda Municipal de Bilbao (Spain); Tijmen Botma, & The Koninklijke Militaire Kapel 'Johan Willem Friso' (The Netherlands); Odd Terje Lysebo & Nanset Wind Ensemble (Norway); Vaclav Blahunek & The Prague Castle Guard & Czech Police Symphonic Band (Czech Republic); Luis Carvalhoso & Gondomar Musical Band (Portugal)… Any director from any country can participate. On the website of the composer (www.carlospellicer.es) you can listen to a demo of the work, level of the work, duration, et., as well as other information.
New Master Program at the Berne University of the Arts: Composition for Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band with Oliver Waespi
March 15th, 2017
The Berne University of the Arts (HKB) is presenting a new Master program in Composition for Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band within the Composition and Theory department, starting in fall 2017.
March 14th, 2017
G. Schirmer, Inc is happy to announce that the newest title of the G. Schirmer Autograph Editions band series will receive its premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 14th by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble. Richard Danielpour and Peter Stanley Martin have been working on a wind ensemble edition of his TOWARD THE SPLENDID CITY for many months and are eager to have it embark on its new life as a work for band.
October 18th, 2016
The 1st WASBE International Composition Contest is an action of WASBE open for composers around the world. The main idea is to encourage young and experienced composers to write original compositions of high artistic merit, which would have direct connection with symphonic bands present in the field of Education and Community. Having such a wide network, WASBE will also promote the participants and winners, organizing performances on all continents, with WASBE members, band directors and ensembles. With the International Composition Contest, WASBE also wants to connect composers, band directors, performances, the promotion of the concerts on the internet and publishers interested in the new repertoire, in short, to close the circle of producing, performing and promoting all participants on the event. WASBE will organize concerts on all continents for the first 3 (three) compositions classified in the final stage, in Utrecht. The ensembles belonging to WASBE, will perform the compositions in a special World Event, promoting the winners to the world, as well as interviews with the composers for the WASBE YouTube channel and also with band directors and musicians about the compositions. With this action WASBE will exercise one of the most important goals, “Promoting the new repertoire for wind and percussion instruments” all around the world.
October 5th, 2016
FIU Faculty Composer Orlando Garcia (http://www.orlandojacintogarcia.com) University of Miami Composer, Scott Stinson (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoEPZ4ErC9CN8yDVaJ6txKg), BMI Award Winning Composer, Steve Danyew (http://www.stevedanyew.com) and imminent Choral Composer, Sydney Guillaume (http://sydneyguillaumemusic.com) were asked to compose a work based on their concepts of Urban Landscapes.
September 21st, 2016
On Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Bates Recital Hall, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble will present the first performance of the 2016/17 season. With us will be our visiting composer, Joel Puckett. Named as one of National Public Radios listeners` favorite composers under the age of 40, Joel Puckett is one of the most performed composers in America. Hailed by the Washington Post as "visionary," Mr. Puckett believes in the life-changing power of music to heal and provide comfort to those who need it. Sundays performance will feature two of his works, opening with his virtuoso composition written for the United States Air Force Band, Asimovs Aviary. Closing the concert will be a rare performance of his Concerto for Trumpet, 15th Night of the Moon, with Craig Morris as our guest soloist. Mr. Morris, a graduate of The University of Texas and former member of the Wind Ensemble, was the Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony prior to his becoming Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony in 2001. Currently he is the Professor of Trumpet at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Also included on the program will be Igor Stravinskys landmark work, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, performed Sunday in its 1947 revised version. Concluding the first half will be a performance of Eric Whitacres Deep Field. Inspired by the Hubble Deep Field images, the piece was premiered with the Minnesota Orchestra & Minnesota Chorale on 8 May 2015 in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. For this performance of the wind band version, the Wind Ensemble will be joined by the UT Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers in addition to audience members who will participate by playing the Deep Field smartphone app through their portable devices. For the webcast, you can also download the app prior to the performance at: http://ericwhitacre.com/news/deep-field-app-download-now If you are not able to join us in person, we invite you to access the webcast going to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/batesrecitalhall and click on the watch video tab (the program and program notes will be available at the site as well). presents an interactive social media concert hosted by faculty and teaching assistants. Follow the livestream and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #UTWELive.The broadcast begins ten minutes before the performance. All Webcasts are broadcast live but cannot be stored due to copyright purposes. We hope to see you live on Sunday, September 25, on the web and on Twitter! The complete program appears below:
August 20th, 2016
From Natalia Braginskaya, St. Petersburg Conservatoire: "At present I'm pleased to inform you that the premiere of the work is planning in St Petersburg by the end of 2016; the publisher to be Boosey & Hawkes as an official representative of the Stravinsky estate. As I'm aware, some orchestras have already contacted B&H for future hire of the performing materials -- in prospect of 2017. Perhaps this fact will be disappointed for you: The Funeral Song is originally written not for wind orchestra, but for BIG simphonic orchestra of full set -- with 60 string instruments and harps." http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/long-lost-stravinsky-work-rediscovered/
June 30th, 2016
In celebration of the West Point Band’s 200th year they are collaborating with Vox Novus to find new works by living composers to premier for their Bicentennial. The West Point Band is looking for works that challenge and inspire for presentation before a broad audience. These pieces are to be composed to celebrate the West Point Band’s 200th birthday in 2017. Submissions for this unique opportunity will be collected online at www.MusicAvatar.org Works are dedicated to the West Point Band and their Bicentennial. Deadline for submissions is September 18, 2016. Results will be announced via the Composer’s Voice website www.ComposersVoice.com and Composer’s Site www.ComposersSite.com . Vox Novus has previously collaborated with West Point in 2012 for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: West Point Woodwind Quintet, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and currently for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: West Point Band - “Service” to be premiered September 11, 2016 at Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York City. The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings. The West Point Band traces its lineage back to a single drummer and fifer left to maintain the tradition of military music at West Point after the Revolutionary War. Over the next 200 years, the band evolved into one of the most capable and versatile professional performing groups in the world. The organization fulfills more than 1600 official missions annually, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, parades, professional and collegiate sporting events, internet, radio and television broadcasts, and numerous ceremonies and special events for the Corps of Cadets, the West Point community, New York City, and the broader area of the northeastern United States. As the senior premier musical representative of the United States Army, the band has appeared at numerous historical events. It performed at dedication and rededication ceremonies of the Erie Canal; at the St. Louis, Chicago and New York World’s Fairs; Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, and at the battlefield at Gettysburg; for the funerals of Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt as well as the inaugurations of numerous presidents. The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre. The works are performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music. Performances are recorded and archived to further promote new music, performers, and composers. Audio, video, scores, and programs can be found on the Composer’s Voice website. For more information, contact Robert Voisey at email@example.com.
July 9th, 2016
"Symphony no. 3 - The Rose" for wind band, chorus, and organ by Brett Abigaña is going to be premiered on July 9th at 7:00 in Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia
June 7th, 2016
video performance on https://vimeo.com/127650886
May 27th, 2016
The WASBE Commissioning Program is excited to confirm that composer Xi Wang has agreed to write a new work for symphonic wind band, of approximately 10 minutes duration, for performance in 2017 by WASBE member contributors. Cost of joining the consortium will be $250, with printed score and set of parts included. The work will be inspired by the life of Steve Stucky, Pulitzer Prize winning American composer and Dr. Xi's principal composition teacher. Notice on the score will indicated this is a "WASBE Commissioning Program Composition", with all consortium members listed. The composition will be written so as to be performed by "youth and amateur wind bands, but with high artistic goals." MEMBERS should contact Program Coordinator James Ripley, before November 1, 2016 by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the consortium.
Composer and WASBE member Johan de Meij wins the 30th International Composition Competition -- Corciano , Italy
May 12th, 2016
Johan de Meij’s latest composition “Echoes of San Marco” is the winner of the 30th Edition of the International Composition Competition in Corciano – Italy. The Jury praised the work for its ‘highly original writing and inventive orchestrations’. It is the fourth time that De Meij has been awarded in this prestigious competition. In 1995, he received the honourable mention for his Symphony No. 2 “The Big Apple”. In 1989, he took 1st prize for his cello concerto “Casanova”. He was awarded 2nd prize for Symphony No. 3 “Planet Earth” in 2006. “Echoes of San Marco” was also awarded 2nd prize; no first prize was issued this year. The honourable mention went to Spanish composer Vicente Ortiz Gimeno for his composition “Poirot”. The award ceremony will take place on August 21st, 2016 in Corciano.
May 11th, 2016
Commissioning consortium of a piece from composer Michael Ippolito
April 19th, 2016
The official WASBE Conference 2017 Utrecht Website is now launched and live! Visit http://wasbe2017.com and get all information on our next oustanding International Conference in Utrecht from July 18 – 22, 2017.
April 15th, 2016
Edizioni Musicali Wicky recently published Two new works for Soloist and Wind Band:
April 24th, 2016
at University of Kentucky "NORTH STAR" by Anthony Barfield University of Kentucky Wind Symphony conducted by Cody Birdwell A concerto for trumpet, trombone and wind orchestra More information on Anthony Barfield from his website http://www.anthonybarfield.com/
April 12th, 2016
Tuesday April 12th Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory NEC Chamber Singers and Wind Ensemble premiere NEC alum Michael Weinstein's "Gott Hammert." The text is a collection of poetry penned by Jewish German WWI soldiers. Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory says it isIt is exultant, heart breaking, poignant and beautiful all at once. Charles Peltz, conductor and director of the NEC Wind Ensemble, writes: I think it may be a work we have been waiting for, one which fills a place in the too spare repertoire for voices (Choir) and winds.
April 7th, 2016
Sydney Conservatorium, World Premiere of "Wound, Disembodied” by Johannes MacDonald; Sydney Conservatory Wind Symphony, conducted by John Lynch
February 19th, 2016
Duration: 23:00 Commissioned by: Dallas Winds, UT Austin Wind Ensemble, and a consortium of ensembles Dedicated to: Joseph Alessi PremieredFebruary 19th, 2016. Joseph Alessi, Trombone; University of Texas Austin Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conductor February 23rd, 2016. Joseph Alessi, Trombone; Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, conductor
February 15th, 2016
American composer David Avshalomov, whose "Vignettes" took First Prize in the 2015 American Prize Contest for Band Composition, has several new works available for concert band.
February 21st, 2016
More on composer (X-ING for electric viola and concert band ) and electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke on her website
February 1st, 2016
Please consider joining the consortium to commission composer David Sampson to compose Double Back, a duo concerto for trumpet and trombone and wind ensemble. It is being written for Rex Richardson (trumpet) and Joseph Alessi (trombone). The third movement was premiered at the Midwest Clinic this December by the United States Army Field Band with soloists Rex Richardson and James Pugh, conducted by Terry Austin. Dr. Sampson has wanted to write a large-scale virtuoso work for these two world-renowned soloists for some time. Many of you are probably familiar with his previous band works Moving Parts, and Outburst. The premiere of full three-movement work is scheduled for the fall semester of 2016 with Mr. Alessi and Dr. Richardson as soloists.
January 6th, 2016
World Premiere "Festive Fanfare" by Marco Pütz, Commissioned and premiered by Schwäbisches Jugenblasorchester and Conductor Toni Scholl
December 28th, 2015
World Premiere of "The Wild of Heart" by Bertram Wee; Orchestra Collective (Conductor Boon Hua Lien); Conference Hall Singapore
December 6th, 2015
World Premiere “ORYZA" by Ramon Garcia I Soler Palau Altea Centre d’Arts Commissioned as an obligatory work for the 42 Certamen Internacional de Bandes de Musica Vila d’Altea
November 19th, 2015
World Premiere of "Songs from the End of the World" by John Mackey; University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Locke, Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)
November 15th, 2015
World Premiere of "Concerto for Organ, Winds & Percussion" by Marco Pütz
October 31st, 2015
World Premiere of "Burning Blue" by Christopher Marshall ("Concerto for Electric Guitar, Winds and Percussion”), Soloist Chris Kachian, conducted by Simon Tillier
October 23rd, 2015
Professor Andy Pease invites you to join a consortium to commission Boston-based composer Oliver Caplan to write companion piece to the Stravinsky Octet using Stravinsky`s instrumentation. This 5-10 minute work will be finished in March of 2016 and premiered by the Sun Valley Chamber Winds in April.
October 9th, 2015
Lawrence University is leading a consortium commission of a piece by David Werfelmann, an extraordinarily talented composer.
October 7th, 2015
World Premiere of "Requiem for a City" by Paul Mac and Matthew Hindson, Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatory Wind Symphony, conducted by John Lynch
September 6th, 2015
The orchestral parts for a Stravinsky score believed to have been lost or destroyed in the 1917 revolutions have turned up in a pile of old manuscripts at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The 12-minute work, Pogrebal'naya Pesnya (Funeral Song), was written in memory of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky's teacher at the time, shortly after Rimsky's death in June 1908. It was performed only once, on Jan. 17, 1909.
June 21st, 2015
World Premiere of "Marco Polo Trilogy" by Luis Serrano Alarcon, Esplanade Concert Hall. Philharmonic Winds, Singapore, conducted by Luis Serrano Alarcon, Leonard Tan and Timothy Reynish
May 28th, 2016
Dallas Winds 2016-17 Fanfare Competition In 2000 the Dallas Winds established a tradition of performing brass fanfares 15 minutes prior to curtain in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, for each of its subscription concerts. Our patrons eagerly gather in the lobby to hear these fanfares that have become an important part of the whole concert-going experience. We encourage composers and composition students to compose or submit their unpublished fanfares to the address below postmarked by July 15, 2016. Fanfares should be no longer than 3.5 minutes in length. All composition titles will be credited in the Dallas Winds printed program with the composer`s name. Seven fanfares will be selected for performance during the 2016-2017 season. We would appreciate your passing this on to any composers who might be interested.
June 8th, 2017
Congratulations for 4 new members for the WASBE Board: Stéphane Delley, Switzerland Franco Hänle, Germany Janis Purins, Republic of Latvia Reed Thomas, USA New President-Elect: James Ripley, USA Thanks to all members who gave their votes.
March 1st, 2017
WASBE members can now download the belated WASBE World Magazine as a pdf. This issue includes the fifth instalment of the „Teaching from the Podium“-series by Robert Gifford, David Maslanka is talking about his composition „California“ and Francis Pieters is presenting „Richard Wagner and the Wind Band“. You´ll also find all information on the current WASBE election and much more.
July 14th, 2017
Wind Band Conductor and Composition: Hardy Mertens Cooperator Teachers BRASS: Giancarlo Locatelli WOODWIND: Carla Correddu,Sara Maganzini PERCUSSION: Valeria Bonazzoli Location: Casa Alpina S. Omobono:38064 Via Trento,1 Folgaria (TN) http://folgaria.cremonavacanze.it
August 8th, 2018
Lee Sang cheol, Vice-Chairman of Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee, has announced both the 2018 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival and the 2018 Jeju International Brass Competition to be held on the Jeju Island August 8th through August 16th, 2018. Jeju Island is located at the southernmost tip of Korea and is called "the island of peace" with its clean air, water and wonderful landscape. The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF) is a major music festival combining the wind orchestra's easiness of outdoor performances with Jeju's peaceful image. The JIWEF has opened every other year with the effort and work of Jeju natives since 1995. In 1998, the Festival prepared a small size special ensemble with participants from Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. That marked the start of the festival. On the even numbered years, the Festival focuses on professionalism in contrast to the general popularity of the odd numbered years. In 2000, they organized an international brass competition, in addition to the ensemble festival. The competition seeks to discover and foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from around the world and to give them an opportunity to share friendships and cultural exchange with one another. The competition is the only one in the world that holds whole brass divisions including Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Quintet, and Percussions. It gives the competitors an opportunity to share musical exchanges by offering a camp program. The competition became a member of WFIMC (World Federation of International Music Competitions) in April, 2009. It pursues to promote the popularity and specialty of the wind music through hosting the both events together - Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival and the Jeju Brass Competition. They will be held for 9 days from 8th to 16th of August in 2018. For more information, contact Lee Sang cheol, Vice-Chairman of Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee: Email address: email@example.com
February 21st, 2017
Polish-American classical conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski passed away on February 21, 2017 in St. Louis Park, USA. The Wind Orchestra of Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa will give two concerts, next 3 and 4 March, in homage of the composer, presenting his "Music for Winds", that will be premiered in Portugal. The concert will be conducted by Odd Terje Lysebo with the following program: Egil Hovland - Fanfare og choral Edvard Grieg - Funeral march Stanislaw Skrowaczewski - Music for winds Ketil Hvoslef - Vind - Concerto for flute (Flute- Cristiana Moreira) Magnus Lindberg - Gran Duo
The jury teams for the competitions of the 18th World Music Contest 2017 in Kerkrade, Netherlands have been appointed
January 31st, 2017
Press Release 18th WMC Kerkrade 2017 The jury teams for the competitions of the 18th World Music Contest 2017 in Kerkrade, Netherlands have been appointed Just over half a year before the start of the contests of the 18th World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands, it is time to publish the names of the adjudicators for the various competitions. When deciding on the new competition formats WMC Kerkrade on the one hand looked closely to the evaluation of the 2013 competitions, and on the other to the latest developments in the various sections.
June 29th, 2017
19th International CANTUS MM Music and Culture Festival Salzburg 29 June - 2 July, 2017 Music - the most important language of the world connects people from every continent. Salzburg will be again the center of music and culture for 4 days. Perform in the Grosser Saal / MOZARTEUM Salzburg at the Festive Cantus MM Concert Friday, 30th June 2017!
Oklahoma City Symposium on the History of Music Education: CALL FOR PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, & PERFORMANCES
May 31st, 2017
Oklahoma City Symposium on the History of Music Education CALL FOR PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, & PERFORMANCES May 31-June 3, 2017 Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 30th, 2017
After more than 100 years of musical tradition in their city, in 2004 the city council of Lleida decided making quality music available to all audiences through fanfare and band music. In 2015 the festival takes a step forward, together with the celebrations for their 100th Anniversary, and it becomes international. This first edition is highly successful, with musicians from the country and Europe. Banda Municipal de Lleida, as a WASBE member, would like to invite you to join them to the Fem Banda Festival Internacional de Bandes de Música from 30th June till 2nd July 2017.
November 29th, 2016
WINDS WITHOUT BORDERS This wind ensemble will perform in areas of the world where there is need for the aesthetic and spiritual relief that music provides. For its inaugural project this summer, Winds Without Borders will perform for refugees in camps in Germany and for the communities that host them. The ensemble will be assembled from the best of those who apply, and may include professional musicians as well. While in Germany, Winds Without Borders will be joined by Berlin Philharmonic clarinetist Walter Seyfarth. This link has all the information about auditions, program and costs of this social venture, produced by Classical Movements and the Yale School of Music:
November 27th, 2016
Brassband Buizingen claims the Belgian National title under the direction of Luc Vertommen and will represent Belgium on the European Brass Band Championships 2017 in Ostend (BE). The Belgian National Championships were held last weekend (11/26 and 11/27) at the CC Zwaneberg venue in Heist-op-den-Berg and was organized by Vlamo (the Flemish Association of Nonprofessional Music Bands and Musicians). Sixteen Belgian Brass Bands tried to claim the title in their division and were adjudicated by the internationally renowned Philip Sparke (UK), Jan de Haan (NL) en Torgny Hanson (SE). United Brass took first place in the third division, Kon. BB de Grensbewoners Smeermaas in second and Brassband Panta Rhei in first division. Brassband Buizingen claimed the Belgian National title under the direction of Luc Vertommen by their outstanding performance of the test piece Raveling, Unraveling by Philip Sparke and their own choice selection of Angels & Demons by Peter Graham.
July 21st, 2017
The Associazione Musicale “G.Verdi” in collaboration with Sinnai’s Township and the Civic School of Music is organizing the 8th Sinnai International Wind Band Competition in order to provide Band Organizations’ with a chance to grow, musically and culturally, through a competition inspired by principles of loyalty and friendship.
application for the next session of the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO) from the 8th to 26th of July, 2017
July 8th, 2017
Texte français plus bas - Deutscher Text nachstehend Ladies and gentleman, Please find attached the call for application for the next session of the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO) from the 8th to 26th of July, 2017 in Luxembourg and The Netherlands under the direction of the renowned conductor Jan Cober. To ensure a balanced representation of the different European countries in this high level ensemble we would be very grateful for your kind co-operation in distributing this information as widely as possible to interested young musicians and institutions of your country. Further information can be found at www.ugda.lu/euywo. Madame, Monsieur, Nous avons le Plaisir de vous transmettre l’appel aux candidatures pour la prochaine session de l’Orchestre d’Harmonie des Jeunes de l’Union Européenne (EUYWO) qui se déroulera du 8 au 26 juillet 2017 au Luxembourg et aux Pays-Bas sous la direction du chef d’orchestre néerlandais Jan COBER. Pour garantir une représentativité équilibrée des différents pays européens au sein de cet ensemble de haut niveau, nous nous permettons de faire appel à votre précieuse collaboration pour nous aider à diffuser l’appel en annexe le plus largement possible auprès des jeunes musiciens talentueux de votre pays. Les informations détaillées peuvent être consultées sur notre site www.ugda.lu/euywo. Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, Beiliegend finden Sie den Kandidatenaufruf zur nächsten Arbeitsphase des Jugendblasorchesters der Europäischen Union (EUYWO) findet von 8. Bis 26. Juli 2017 in Luxemburg und in den Niederlanden statt, dies unter der Leitung von Jan Cober. Um eine ausgeglichene Repräsentativität der verschiedenen europäischen Länder in diesem Ensemble von hohem Niveau zu gewährleisten wären wir Ihnen sehr dankbar, wenn Sie die beigefügten Informationen an den MusikerInnen Ihres Landes weiterleiten oder in sonstiger Weise für veröffentlichen könnten. Weitere Information finden Sie auf www.ugda.lu/euywo. With kind regards / Avec nos meilleures salutations / Mit freundlichen Grüssen, Keith Wirrell UGDA Music School Foundation 3, Route d'Arlon L-8009 Strassen LUXEMBOURG +352 22 05 58 39
March 22nd, 2017
The Society for American Music (SAM) will hold its annual conference from 22 to 26 March 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Please visit their web site at: www.american-music.org/conferences/montreal2017 for information on the conference program, lecture recitals, concerts, poster papers, conference exhibits, the Silent Auction, Interest Group meetings, and special events.
June 29th, 2017
Pałac Młodzieży in Bydgoszcz invites you to take part in the jubilee international festival - the Bydgoszcz Musical Impressions (International Meetings of Young Musicians) which is going be held from 29th June to 4th July 2017. The festival is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Up to now they have hosted groups from 39 countries. They offer the participation in the competition as well as socializing and recreational programme (concerts, a national evening, a parade, a sightseeing in Bydgoszcz and the region, a gymnic hall and a swimming pool).
September 9th, 2016
The College Band Directors National Association will present sessions to disseminate information relevant to the wind band conducting profession at the 2017 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 15-18, 2017. Interested individuals are hereby requested to submit proposals for consideration.
September 1st, 2016
Bernhard Habla passed away on August 31, 2016. He was President of the IGEB WindMusic (International Society for the Research and Promotion of Wind Music), a devoted musicologist to the field of bands and wind instruments, and a longtime member of WASBE.
August 25th, 2016
The Artistic Planning Committee for the 2017 WASBE Conference invites submissions of proposals for presentations at the 17th Biennial Conference, which will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands from the 18th to the 22nd of July 2017. Presentations may take the form of lectures, panel discussion, workshops or clinics and should be no more than 50 minutes in length. Any topics related to Symphonic Wind Bands/Ensembles and their repertoire are welcome, including rehearsal techniques, artistry in performance, appropriate repertoire at all grade levels, regionally significant repertoire, programming, marketing and concert promotion, use of technology, composition and arranging techniques, and research related to pedagogy and performance. The focus is on conducting, education, repertoire and marketing. Historical aspects are not intended.
TAP winner David Avshalomov's "First to Serve" selected by West Point Band for VoxNovus 15 Minutes of Fame award
August 11th, 2016
American composer David Avshalomov's short fanfare-march, "First to Serve," was just selected by the West Point Band for their VoxNova Composer’s Voice: 15 Minutes of Fame Series call for short pieces on a theme of "Service".
July 5th, 2016
WALTER S. HARTLEY died June 30, 2016 at the Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Hartley was born February 21, 1927, in Washington, D.C., the son of Walter and Winifred (Sinclair) Hartley. He showed an early aptitude for the piano and dedicated himself to the performance and composition of music in the Western art tradition. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in 1953. Some of his teachers were Burrill Phillips, Thomas Canning, Herbert Elwell, Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson and Dante Fiorillo.
July 31st, 2016
Masterclasses, ensemble and Fanfare orchestra. Fanfare week 2016 Trakai Fanfare Week is music course for saxophone, brass and percussion instruments, for all levels of sax, brass and percussion players. The course takes part in Trakai, small town, near Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The course propose a following subjects: - fanfare orchestra - basing teaching in groups - masterclasses in groups - interpretation with pianist - ensemble and orchestral excerpts - seminars - festival concerts Trakai Fanfare Week 2016 teachers: Bert Langeler/conductor/ Johan van der Linden/saxophone/ Manolo Pérez/french horn/ Carlos Benetó/trumpet/ Klaus Bräker/trumpet/ Juanjo Serna/trumpet/ Frederic Belli/trombone/ Indalecio Bonet/trombone/ Steven Mead/euphonium/ Sergio Finca/tuba/ Tomas Kulikauskas/percussion/ For more info: www.fanfareweek.lt
2nd European Music Competition for concert bands, fanfare orchestras and brass bands, April, 29th and 30th, 2017, at the Philharmonie Luxembourg
April 29th, 2017
Information can be downloaded from www.ugda.lu (Concours Européen 2017 - Hafabra).
June 29th, 2016
Austrian composer Franz Cibulka passed away as social media friends reported recently. More information soon.
June 23rd, 2016
In this issue we tribute the composer Dana Wilson who turned 70 this year. Francis Pieters is talking about „European cantatas calling on wind ensemble or wind band“, in his column Felix Hauswirth is reflecting about the sense of band contests, Frederick Speck is presenting „Vocalization and Improvisation for developing aural acuity in ensemble performance“, Robert M. Gifford continues his series „Teaching from the Podium“ with a focus on tone and intonation and and and.. Go to www.wasbe.org and download your copy now!
June 23rd, 2016
Dr. Al G. Wright, born in London, England on June 23, 1916, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Wright served as Director of Bands at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana USA from 1954 until his retirement in 1981. He is the founder of the National Band Association (NBA) and Chairman of the Board of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Wright was elected to membership in American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1949 and served as its president in 1981.
June 18th, 2016
WASBE president William V. Johnson appointed Björn Bus (The Netherlands) as a new member of the WASBE Board of Directors. His three-year term will begin at the end of the Prague Regional Conference and continue to the end of the Tokyo International Conference in 2019. He will be replacing Marco Pütz (Luxembourg) who is unable to complete his six-year term on the Board. Congratulations to Björn and welcome to the WASBE Board of Directors!
May 24th, 2016
The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and John Philip Sousa Foundation are proud to announce the 57th Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Award. Since 1956, this composition contest has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions for concert band and is responsible for more new band music than any other competition of its kind. The 2016 Award Committee will consider concert band compositions with a completion date no earlier than October 1, 2013 and with a difficulty rating of grade 5 or 6. (The 2017 award will include music of difficulty ratings 1-4 written after October 1, 2015).
May 21st, 2016
May 16th, 2016
PLEASE VOTE TO SUPPORT THE EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA which has lost its funding from the EU. Write to the President of the European Parliament with this link. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Martin_Schulz_European_Parliament_president_and_honorary_president_of_EUYO_Save_the_EUYO/?aaDcLbb
May 15th, 2016
Tim Reynish on the life and works of this Dutch composer and long time WASBE Member. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lbs6elb4fcban4j/bernard%20van%20beurden.pdf?dl=0
April 22nd, 2016
For the Concert Division, sections Fanfare and Concert/Harmony Band, there will be no test piece this time, because of the new format of these contests. For the Championship Division, section Brass Band, there will be a test piece, for which the Swiss composer Oliver Waespi has been commissioned by WMC Kerkrade.
April 15th, 2016
From 6 to 10 July 2017, the 6th World Youth Music Festival Zurich takes place. We are looking for youth orchestras from all over the world who want to be part in this great event.
April 21st, 2016
The wind band world lost a great friend, a kind and humble man of immense talent and knowledge. Mashima-san’s abilities as a composer and performer covered the scope of instrumental music, from classical and contemporary to jazz and the avant-garde. Drawing on his expertise as a jazz performer and arranger, his large works for wind orchestra combined progressive harmonies with brilliant and compelling original themes. Mashima was also an inspired pops arranger for concert band, being performed by the world’s leading professional and military ensembles. Toshio Mashima was born in Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata in1949. He entered Yamaha's Band Educator Academy while majoring in technology at Kanagawa University. Mashima studied harmony, composition and arrangement with Bin Kaneda and jazz theory with Makoto Uchibori. After graduation in 1971, he freelanced on trombone and piano, playing jazz and popular music. Working as an assistant to composer Naohiro Iwai furthered his interest in writing for winds. A few of Mashima’s many remarkable works for wind orchestra include Les trois notes du Japon, commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 2001, and Mirage II, premiered by Paris' Garde Republicaine Wind Orchestra in July of 1999. La Danse du Phenix -impression de Kyoto - (2005) won the Premier Grand prix, Laureat Coups de Vents 2006 at Lille, France. His significantly recorded classical transcriptions include Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and Debussy's L'isle joyeuse. Published in Japan, America and Holland, Mashima produced scores for film and television drama, and received an academy award (1997) for composition from the Academic Society of Japan for Wind, Percussion & Band. Mashima’s recent foray into advanced pops arranging and production for the “Gold Pops” series of recordings tested the limits of concert band performance with brilliant scoring of sounds from the Count Basie Orchestra to Tower of Power. Toshio Mashima, and his love of, and devotion to great instrumental music will be truly missed.
April 15th, 2016
Guy Anthony Woolfenden died on Friday, 15th April, aged 78. Despite being diagnosed with Alzheimers he was still a great and witty host, even with muddled words. Horn player, conductor, singer, family man, theatre composer,raconteur extraordinary, he will be best remembered for his fifteen wind band works, all but one published by his wife Jane with arielmusic.co.uk
July 18th, 2016
The residential stays at the Hotel Casa Alpina in Folgaria (Trento, Italy) , combining the musical and recreational experience, offers an environment in which children can express themselves and socialize in perfect harmony. The Campus is open to players (aged 12-18 years) of wind instruments and percussion (the limit is one instrument/person). 1. Period and participants: - Starting day Monday 18.07.2016 with departure by bus at 5.30 am from Orzinuovi(Bs) - Closing day Sunday 24.07.2016 - Minimum 30 students enrolled, maximum 50 students. 2. Enrollments: Registration closes on 30.04.2016.
July 7th, 2016
International Music Festival in the city of Genoa (Italy)from the 7th to the 10th July 2016
June 12th, 2016
Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) is a three and a half day professional development conference for college students, directors, and music program leaders located on the campus of Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.
June 1st, 2016
registration deadline: June 1st, 2016 more information on http://www.coupsdevents.com/index.php?lang=en
May 21st, 2016
On the 21st of May, the European Championship for Wind Orchestras will take place. Eight orchestras will compete for the title of the Best Wind Orchestra of Europe. The championship will start at 09:00 hours in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Following the championships, there will be a gala concert by Royal Militairy Orchestra Johan Willem Friso and the awarding of the title to the winning orchestra.
April 20th, 2016
Corciano Pro Loco ( local tourist board) and the Municipality of Corciano , communicate that, due to other problems of a technical - organization , the expiry of the 30th edition of the International Competition of Original Composition for Bands is postponed to the 20 April 2016 . All the info on www.corcianoinbanda.com
March 31st, 2016
The rules and conditions of the international composition competition "Città di Udine" (eleventh edition) are online on Taukay music publishing house website. Two sections: compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument and electroacoustic music. Deadline: March 31th 2016
March 14th, 2016
March 6th, 2016
Austrian television has reported the death of the great conductor, cellist and period instruments pioneer at the age of 86.
February 27th, 2016
more information on https://www.idrs.org/events/conference.php/
February 14th, 2016
Sadly one of the leading composers of the USA, Stephen Stucky, died on February 14, 2016. His Concerto for Percussion and Wind Orchestra was commissioned by a consortium of which WASBE was a part, and premiered at Eastman by Ithaca College Wind Ensemble with Gordon Stout as soloist.
February 5th, 2016
“The Art of Music Education Vol. V” is focused on rekindling the dialog on a pivotal question: How can we create a better fit for the collaboration between cultural institutions and schools in the future? more information on http://www.music-education.hamburg/?lang=en
February 4th, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Leslie Bassett, who nurtured generations of students during a 40-year teaching career at the University of Michigan, died February 4, 2016 in a continuing care facility in Oakwood, Ga. He was 93 and until recently lived in Flowery Branch, Ga. His death was confirmed by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.
December 28th, 2015
The Philharmonic Winds is thrilled to have been named the Best Classical Concert of the Year (Marco Polo: The Trilogy) by The Straits Times Life!
January 5th, 2016
December 28th, 2015
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Martin Seggelke (conductor)
December 4th, 2015
The complete works for Wind Orchestra by Guy Woolfenden, were performed by a concert held at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 24th May, 2015, by the Birmingham Symphonic Winds, conductor Keith Allen, guest conductors Matthew George and Timothy Reynish.
June 21st, 2015
Obituary written by Tim Reynish