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Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Winter Weekend of Music Making

The George Mason University School of Music hosted the National Band Association Symphonic Band Symposium of the Fairfax Campus on January 24th and 25th. Students and band directors from the Northern Virginia area worked with guest conductors, attended workshops, honed their conducting skills in workshops, participated in master classes, and listened to a performance by the Mason Wind Symphony.

Forest Park HS (Donald Magee, Director); John Champe HS (Jonathan Phillip, Director); Potomac Falls HS (Tim Niebergall, Director); Westfield HS (Stephen Panoff, Director).

Gary E. Smith (Associate Director of Bands, Emeritus, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Dennis M. Layendecker, D.M.A. (Col. USAF Band Conductor, Ret.; Conductorof the Mason Symphony Orchestra; Director of the George Mason University School of Music), Mark Camphouse (Reknowned Composer; Conductor of the Mason Wind Symphony), Brian O. Walden (Commander and Conductor of the USN Band), Stanley R. Schoonover (Director of the Fairfax Wind Symphony; Supervisor of Music for FCPS, Ret.), Roy Holder (President, National Band Association).

An Overview of the National Band Association (John Casagrande); The Bb Scale Ain't No Warmup (John Casagrande and Brian C. Wuttke); Selling Yourself in an Interview (Michael Pierson, Supervisor of Music, LCPS); From Cane to Beautiful Music (Sponsored by Vandoreen); Score Study from a Composer's Perspective (Mark Camphouse); Marketing, Recruiting, and Retention in Elementary Band (Eileen Fraedrich and Allison Parell); Conducting Workshop with the Mason Wind Symphony (Mark Camphouse and Dennis M. Layendecker, D.M.A.)

Flute (Jenny Lapple and Juliana Nickel), Oboe (Lorrie Berkshire-Brown, Ed.D.), Bassoon (Max Wharton, D.M.A.), Clarinet (Rochelle Oedemann, D.M.A.), Saxophone (Ed Fraedrich and Rick Parrell), Trumpet/French Horn (Phil Snedecor and Denny Edelbrock, D.M.A.), Trombone (Matt Neff), Euphonium/Tuba (Andrew Hitz), Percussion (John Kilkenny and Joe McCarthy).

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