Four State Band Festival


May 7, 2020

ONLINE APPLICATION

 

2020 Guest Conductors

 

Dr. J. Eric Wilson

Dr. J. Eric Wilson, Professor of Ensembles and Conducting, has been Director of Bands at Baylor University since 2006. He provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the band program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches and oversees undergraduate and graduate conducting curricula. Dr. Wilson is Past-President of the Big 12 Band Directors Association and current President of the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division. He was recently elected into the American Bandmasters Association and honored as Outstanding Professor for Tenured Teaching by Baylor University in 2014. 

 

Dr. Wilson is in high demand as conducting clinician and adjudicator. He has directed numerous honor bands and conducted his own groups at TMEA, CBDNA, and The Midwest Clinic conventions. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he served twelve years on the faculty of Abilene Christian University. Dr. Wilson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from ACU. Prior to his university appointments, Dr. Wilson taught in the Texas public school system.

 

Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin

Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin is the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. There, she assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women’s basketball band, and conducts the University Band. Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin also teaches courses in the music education department and oversees student teachers. Prior to her appointment at USC, she served as interim Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, and spent 4 years as band director at Chamblee Charter High School in Chamblee, GA.

 

Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in wind conducting from Indiana University where she was also drum major of the Marching Hundred. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.

 

 

 

 Aaron Perrine’s music has been performed byAaron Perrine some of the leading ensembles and soloists across the United States and beyond. He is a two-time winner of the American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award for his compositions: Only Light in 2015 and Pale Blue on Deep in 2013. Only Light—commissioned by the University of Iowa Symphony Band, Richard Mark Heidel, conductor—was included on the latest University of Kansas Wind Ensemble recording (Of Shadow and Light, Klavier).


Another one of his compositions—Temperance—recently won the 2017 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest. His music for winds has also been featured at the 2017 CBDNA National Conference, multiple regional CBDNA Conferences, The Midwest Clinic, The Western International Band Clinic, and at numerous all-state, state conference and honor band concerts.

Application Information


Information for the 2020 Festival:

DATE:  Thursday, May 7, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, March 6, 2020

ELIGIBILITY:  High School musicians (grades 9-12) recommended by their high school band directors.


 

FOUR STATE BANDS:  These bands will provide an excellent musical and educational experience for the proficient music student and will afford an opportunity to combine the talents of students from the four-state region.  The ensembles will rehearse with the guest clinicians and perform on the Festival Concert. 


FEE:  The cost for each student participant is $20.00, which includes the day's activities and a lunch.  The registration fee is payable at the time of notification of selection and acceptance by the student.


BAND PERSONNEL:  Participants for the bands will be chosen and placed on the basis of 1) musical honors achieved (all-state, all-district, etc.)  2) director's recommendation 3) instrumentation needs 4) seniority in school and 5) promptness of application. Directors are asked to be as informative and as accurate as they can be in their recommendations. We hope that students will regard it as a privilege to play in the Four State Festival Bands and will accept their seating as assigned.

FORMAL CONCERT:  The Festival Concert will be at 7:00pm on the evening of May 2nd.  The Festival Honor Bands will perform on the concert with the PSU Wind Ensemble. All of the participants are asked to wear their respective concert attire. If there is any question, coats and ties for men and dresses for women would be appropriate.

SCHEDULE, MUSIC, INSTRUCTIONS:  A complete schedule, the assigned music, and a set of instructions will be sent to each student via the school when selected.


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