WOW – what a conference we had two weeks ago!
Our Western/Northwestern Division of the College Band Directors National Conference was truly the best conference in our 24-year history. We had eleven concerts during the conference with an average audience size of approximately 400 people. Clinic sessions drew from 35 to 70 directors and guests.
First, congratulations to all of our performing groups:
Utah Valley University Wind Symphony, Jim Colonna, Conductor
Washington State University Wind Ensemble, Matt Aubin, Conductor
Los Angeles Pierce College Symphonic Winds, Steve Piazza, Conductor
Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble, Ed Powell, Conductor
University of Wyoming Wind Symphony, Bob Belser, Conductor
Cal State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble, Larry Stoffel, Conductor
Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Chris Chapman. Conductor
Cal State University, Fresno, Wind Orchestra, Gary Gilroy, Conductor
I would also like to thank the members of my community adult band, the Reno Wind Symphony for their participation in the Quality Music Session Without Excessive Technical Demands Clinic, and also to my University of Nevada Wind Ensemble for their presentation in The Wind Band Music of Julie Giroux. Finally, a special thank you to our National President, Eric Rombach-Kendall, for conducting the 2012 Intercollegiate Band.
The clinic sessions were all received with good audiences, and the comments were great. Thanks to:
“Open Rehearsal with Julie Giroux”
~Julie Giroux, Clinician
“Open Rehearsal of the ICB with Eric Rombach-Kendall“
~Eric Rombach-Kendall, Conductor/Clinician
“Meet the Conductor with Eric Rombach-Kendall”
~Eric Rombach-Kendall, Clinician
“CBDNA Music Education Committee – A Report”
~Eric Hammer, Clinician
“Inspiring the Team: Selected Thoughts About Large-Group Dynamics, Motivation, and On-Task Awareness”
~Chris Ault, Speaker, Head Coach, University of Nevada Football Team
“Quality Music Without Excessive Technical Demands”
~Guest Conductors from W/NW Divisions with the Reno Wind Symphony
“In the Beginning, there was the Western/Northwestern Divisions of
CBDNA – A 25-Year History”
~John Thrasher, Larry Gookin and Mack McGrannahan, Panelists
“Conducting Clinic with Ray Cramer”
~Ray Cramer, Clinician
University of Wyoming Chamber Players, Clinic Ensemble,
Bob Belser, Conductor
Of course we had an enthusiastic crowd for my final clinic, “Attitude Adjustment Session”. About 40 directors made it to that closing session before hitting the road. What a hang!
A special thanks to my friends at the Ramada Reno Hotel, the facility that served as the Conference Headquarters.
I hope the remainder of your school year is musically rewarding and successful. When you get a chance, check out our complete website.
A. G. “Mack” McGrannahan III
2010 CBDNA Conference Host
W/NW CBDNA Archivist
Front Row (left to right):
Greg Benson, Bill Johnson, Tom Root, Mack McGrannahan, John Thrasher, Larry Gookin, Bob Halseth, and Marcellus Brown.
Second Row (left to right)
David Becker, Pat Brooks, Eric Hammer, Michael Burch-Pesses, and Patrick Winters.
"How It All Began"
Left to Right: John Thrasher, Mack McGrannahan and Larry Gookin
Ray Cramer, Keynote Speaker at W/NW CBDNA Banquet
Timing of Overture in Five Flat by Julie Giroux
(During the Julie Giroux Concert)