by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –
This past Friday and Saturday marked our 14th Annual New Band Music Reading Clinic held in conjunction with the Wind Band Invitational at Capital University. In addition to students from 33 different schools participating in the honors bands under Dr. Jeffrey Gershman and Dr. Ryan Shaw, the 2 day event also featured performances by the Capital University Wind Symphony, Capital University Symphonic Winds, Grove City High School Symphonic Band under the direction of Jason Graham (one of the top 5 programs in Ohio!), guest composer John Mackey, and over 40 of the best new pieces for concert band read over 2 reading sessions!
If you’ve never attended one of our reading clinics before (and why not?!), we feature the best new pieces for band as selected by our staff. Our goal is to help every band director find the best new music to program ranging from very beginning band to advanced high school (grades 0.5-4.5) and encompassing concert, programmatic, and lyrical works; marches; pop titles; Christmas arrangements; and some of the new OMEA contest selections.
If you missed this year, hopefully you can join us next fall. In the meantime you can preview the reading session titles and view videos of the sessions via our Virtual Workshop (these will be posted soon!). Also, keep an eye on our Events page for our other upcoming clinics and reading sessions. Next up are our annual January Church Choral Reading Session (Jan. 9) and Sacred Organ Reading Clinic (Jan. 16). We hope to see you soon and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He is thankful for his family (especially his son), his job in the music industry, and his long-standing gig with Swing’s the Thing Big Band (10 years!). You should check out their album Walk On Out the Door available on iTunes and Amazon – it makes a great Christmas gift! Oh, and pie! Yep, he is definitely thankful for pie.