National Band Association 2019 Young Composer & Conductor Mentor Project

National Band Association 2019 Young Composer & Conductor Mentor Project



yeah that doesn't give you chills to hear a band like that play it and you need to turn in your flag or something I don't know about that that's good so the partnership that we have with the national band association is based on relationships and trust and friendships and I want to introduce to you somebody that I've known for thirty years and he's a friend of mine and I'm very proud to call him a colleague in this noble business that we call education please welcome to the podium the director of bands at the University of West Virginia dr. Scott Tobias I'm glad Colonel Scofield's a little bit shorter I want to just the mic too much good evening thank you for joining us this evening the National Band Association which you've heard about tonight was founded in 1960 and it's a rather unique organization in that it's the only national professional organization that has among its members band directors from all levels we have elementary school teachers we have middle school teachers high school University College military community bands semi-professional bands we have composers we have music industry it's an all-inclusive organization who when it was founded was founded on really one main purpose and that was to promote bands and band music this project that we're doing this this week the young conductor young composer project is one of a number of projects that we do throughout the year that support that mission we have composition contests we have resources we provide to young band directors we have a number of awards that we present to recognize excellence in our field and so we have a variety of things that we do again all for the purpose of promoting bands and band music this wonderful art form that we are all involved in as we get ready to start this evening I just want to take a moment to thank Colonel Schofield to thank the members of the United States Air Force Band not only for being partners with us in this project but for being absolute terrific hosts this week for the last several days and allowing us to come here to their beautiful facility and to work with them in particular want to thank senior master sergeant Brent Miller who's been invaluable for all of his logistical help thank you sir for that and I also want to take a moment to thank the National Association of music merchants GI a publishing and Texas music festivals who also contributed to help make this event happen lastly want to thank two individuals in particular Professor Pollack writer who has helped us throughout the year as coordinator of the young conductor portion of this event and also professor mark camp house who has coordinated the young composer port a portion of this event and so thank you both for your contributions and your assistance there's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen so we thank you very much for that to get us started this evening if you will join me in welcoming to the podium an individual who'll be speaking on behalf of Professor Crider who lost her voice this week unfortunately but joining us at the podium will be dr. Linda Morehouse who is currently the associate director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois she's the president of the american band masters association and a past president of the National Band Association dr. Morehouse [Applause] good evening it is my privilege to introduce to you the 2019 national band association young conductor win winners and their mentors we have been working together for the last three days in both private and collaborative settings our conducting coordinator this year Pollak writer is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and it was her job to oversee the rigorous audition process which included 47 applicants she remarked that it was no small accomplishment to be selected to this year's event as the applicant pool was especially strong in addition to submitting a list of conducted repertoire along with a detailed score analysis each conductor applicant was required to submit a conducting DVD featuring them conducting music of contrasting styles we also asked each applicant to teach a musical concept within a three-minute segment professor Crider remarked how well our three finalists completed all required tasks with significant musical results it has been my pleasure to serve as one of the conducting mentors this week along with two of my esteemed colleagues H Robert Reynolds professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and currently the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern California Thornton's school of music and Colonel Donald Schofield jr. commander and conductor the United States Air Force Band into whom we are extremely grateful for sharing the time and talents of the stellar performing ensemble you are about to hear our first young conductor this evening is Giovanni Stefano Briganti Giovanni is from tatu e Brazil and earned degrees in history flute performance and conducting from the conservatory in Tattoo II while in Brazil Giovanni played professional in bands and orchestras and taught world Brazilian art and music history he also won second prize in Brazil's national band composition contest in the grade six category with his piece titled French Revolution premiered in 2014 his mentor in Brazil was the current president of the World Association of symphonic bands and ensembles Dario's Sotelo and in the United States Giovanni studied with Mark Whitlock at the University of minnesota-duluth where he earned his master's degree in wind conducting currently he is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and wind conducting at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Michael Hathcock and after graduating in May 20 2009 opes to develop his career in America by contributing to a band program as a faculty member of a college or university and again we are pleased to have Giovanni's father here with us Luis Briganti in the audience today thank you sir for traveling so far to support the talents of your son and now I would like to invite my colleague professor mark camp house who is the coordinator of the young composer mentor project this evening we celebrate a unique collaboration of the creative talents of three very gifted young composers and the recreate of talents of three very gifted young conductors together in performance with the outstanding artistry of the men and women of the United States Air Force Band this year marks the 13th convening of the National Band Association young composer conductor mentor project and Enterprise I conceived back in 2000 as the young composer mentor project a conducting component was added in 2004 at the suggestion of distinguished American composer and 92019 composition mentor dr. Frank de Kelly and has been admirably coordinated by my dear friend and colleague dr. Paula Crider and I would like to have paula stand and take a bow can we acknowledge Paula Crider please each young composer applicant tonight for the mentor project goes through a highly competitive national selection process over the past 19 years a total of 43 especially promising young composers have had the opportunity to participate in four intensive days of tuition free study and interaction with some of our nation's leading composers for the wind band medium a substantial number of those 43 composers have gone on to become published and have their music widely performed some have won important state national and international competitions many are serving our profession with distinction as public school music teachers and young assistant and associate professors at the college university level and some are serving both the music profession and our nation through distinguished service in our vitally important military bands many are becoming a part of the true lifeline of the future of the wind' band's repertoire they are making a difference to me mentoring is about giving something back to our profession none of the composition mentors who have joined me with this project since its inception in 2001 honorarium we donate our professional services we serve as mentors because we are genuinely committed to encouraging and nurturing future generations of our especially promising and gifted young composers it is our harp it is our hope too that we are making a difference the list of NBA mentor project composition mentors over the years is a veritable who's who of important American wind band composers Jack Stamp David Gillingham Donald Grantham the late David miss lanka david Holsinger julie Giroux james colonel robert sheldon thomas duffy joseph turin carter pan dana wilson ryan Ellen and her boysson and this year my good friends and fellow composer colleagues Frank – Kelly and Brian Bell mages Frank and Brian would you please stand and be recognized my sincere thanks to NB president NBA president dr. Scott Tobias and other members of the NBA leadership to 2017 conducting mentor and former commander conductor of the United States Air Force Band Colonel Larry Lang whose collaborative vision played a major role in spearheading a closer bond between the National Band Association and the United States Air Force Band and of course to the vibrant current commander and conductor of the United States Air Force Band Colonel Don Schofield and all of the outstanding men and women under his command we sincerely thank all of these wonderful individuals for their extraordinary dedication expertise generosity and friendship as together we continue to strive toward enduring ensuring a brighter future for music education our beloved win ban medium and our art and now to say a few words about his composition as the lights go out please welcome composer Ben Robicheaux Ben good evening first of all I'd like to echo the gratitude of everyone that has spoken here before me to Colonel John Schofield and the United States Air Force pan it has truly been a privilege to simply be on the base to see everything it's been a surreal experience I would also like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved in this project particularly professor camp house he reached out to me after I applied to let me know that my letters of recommendation were not in and he did so because he saw some worth in my music and I'm eternally grateful for that and I would also like to thank the National Band Association for putting this on and a particular thanks to my the conductor that I was paired with here geo he has had a meticulous and sincere interest in all of my intentions all of my goals as a composer with this piece I greatly look forward to working with him in the future so on to what the work is about my piece as the lights go out is an objective viewpoint a non-emotional viewpoint about what happens to the brain when a person is dying and that is why I'm program first we don't want to send you home with that so breaking it down between the movements the first one is a physiological standpoint basically the body is trying to survive so there are sounds of synapses firing in the brain the ensemble is doing all this wonderful contrapuntal activity and eventually they become exhausted the music slows down there are a few moments where the body tries to surge back but eventually it fails the second movement is more of the conscious Minds parallel viewpoint of that phenomenon where it is being drawn to the idea of the white light that is so prevalent in in near-death and death experiences and the mind chooses to go to this light and there is a physiological response to that which is the third movement titled resignation and that is where the actual death happens and then the horrifying conclusion of the work so I hope you enjoy thank you so much [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] please [Applause] how about one more round of applause for what we just heard so our second young conductor this evening is Keith Allen Griffiths Keith currently serves as the director of bands at Walter sickles high school in Tampa Florida where he has taught for the past six years Keith graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with undergraduate degrees in both music education and horn performance and this August will graduate with a master's degree in music education from the University of South Florida tonight Keith's guests include his wife and fellow high school band director Amanda Griffiths his brother United States Air Force captain Keith Griffiths and his parents and grandparents thank you so much for coming to support your son and now professor camp house our second composer this evening is a wonderfully talented and young man Ben justice he just completed his doctoral studies at the University of Kansas in composition he's also a gifted percussionist and is doing some double duty back there with members of the Air Force Band so thank you for that Ben his composition carving the painted wall please welcome Ben justice good evening thank you all so very much for being here it's been really a rush and a thrill to be able to work with this amazing ensemble here I'm really excited to share this piece with you carving the painted walls inspired by a very special segment of the black canyon of the gunnison which is in central Colorado it's about this amazing huge wall face called the painted wall where layers of dark rock have been revealed through geological processes over tens of millions of years so this is a place I got to travel to a few years ago and I was just immediately struck by the immensity and the power and the beauty of this place I knew I needed to write a piece about it so I'm trying to depict this landscape musically through the use of two themes really the first I think of as being an erosion related theme where six chords descend really slowly in parallel motion and that gives way to a lyrical melody that comes through first and fragmentation until it's revealed in its entirety much later on in the piece I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the incredibly skilled members of the Air Force Band and Keith Griffiths a conductor for taking such good care of this piece I hope you enjoy it thank you very much [Applause] you [Laughter] [Applause] and now that he's sitting down how about another round of applause for what we just heard as well so our final selection this evening will be conducted by Seth Martin Davis Seth recently completed his master's in wind conducting degree at Texas State University studying under the tutelage of dr. Carolyn Beatty as a graduate student his responsibilities including guests conducting the concert ensembles at the University and assisting with the athletic vans Seth also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied euphonium performance with Md Stewart and Daniel Perrin Tony prior to his work at Texas State Seth served as the director of bands at Hightstown high school and Bridgewater Raritan Middle School in central New Jersey and special guests this evening traveling from New Jersey area include the parents Barbara and Glenn grandfather Lenny and fiance Michelle and I'm also asked to say that Seth also brought an extra contingent folks from that area and we're so happy to have you here with us to support this young man up here so after I should say right now plans are this next year to find a job in the Austin area and so if anybody is looking for a teacher this one's a good one professor camp house our third and final composer is a truly remarkable young composer in a truly remarkable young man his name is Tyler Mazzone he is our only undergraduate composer with us for this mentor project he is a rising junior at the state university of new york at Potsdam and your parents are here with you would you please stand mr. and mrs. Mazzone so nice of you to come down we've invited Tyler to say a few words about movements two and three to his third symphony this young man has a very bright future and tell us about your work please Tyler please come up thank you doctor Thank You professor camp house I'm so thrilled to be here with working with all of you and I is such a big honor to to participate in this now about the piece on the the second movement is about a the second movement is about a guide in my dream relaying several ambiguous polar polarized messages with a very misty mood and engulfed in the music and then the third movement is the actual transformation that I went through from a dark time in my life to a much brighter time in my life and the music is so very energetic but it ends very peacefully so I think you will enjoy this selection him thank you [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] ladies and gentlemen your 2019 national band association young composers and young conductors one more time for them thank you thank you to our mentors who gave selflessly of your time talents life experiences and wisdom thank you to the to the young conductors and the young composers so what they had to do is they had to open themselves for vulnerability they had to learn how to lead the leaders and it was incredibly just so vulnerable and so passionate to watch them ask the ensemble what can we do better and there was such trust between the the mentees and the mentors that are involved in this and I really enjoyed watching that collaboration and Trust and that's what this is about is about trust thank you to the friends and family for driving and been supporting it and also enjoying some some new and beautiful music without you honestly a rehearsal is just a rehearsal tonight was a performance because of you thank you for being here with us and one more thing I'm going to talk directly to the camera on this one so in 2021 the National Band Association will do this again the young conductors and young mentor project if you would like to drive a Ferrari or have a Ferrari perform your music on my it advice is to go ahead and put your submissions in now for that as we will be able to invest in our future for music education here in the United States of America thank you all so much for coming tonight [Applause]

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