2016 GUEST CLINICIANS/CONDUCTORS
Festival Wind Ensemble
2016 GUEST PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES
Pelham High School Wind Ensemble, Pelham, Alabama
Justin P. Ward, Director of Bands
The Pelham High School Band has a rich tradition of musical excellence dating back to the program’s inception in 1974. The program has consistently received superior ratings at concert band festivals, marching contests, as well as auxiliary competitions. The Pelham Wind Ensemble, the premier performance group at Pelham High School, has performed at numerous state and regional conferences and competitions including the Music for All National Festival, Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic (SEUS), Grand National Adjudicators Invitational, The Atlanta International Band & Orchestra Conference, Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference, and the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (1990, 1994, 2005, 2010, 2013). Pelham High School is the flagship school of the newly organized Pelham City School System. Pelham, AL is one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama with a population of 24,000. The city was recently named ‘The Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama’ by Bloomberg Businessweek. The community is located in suburban Birmingham in the foothills of Oak Mountain, our state’s largest state park.
McEachern High School Wind Symphony, Powder Springs, Georgia
Bo Sodders, Director of Bands
Sheldon Frazier, Associate Director of Bands
Anthony Cananzi, Associate Director of Bands
In 1908, John Newton McEachern established the Seventh District Agriculture and Mechanical School in Powder Springs, Georgia. This A&M School would later be transformed in 1934 into John McEachern High School. McEachern High School is located in the Cobb County School District, the second largest school system in the state of Georgia. The campus blooms with beautiful southern magnolia trees amongst original 1908 architecture, but also houses new state of the art buildings and technology for all the students of McEachern High School. The McEachern High School Band Program has become a rich part of the fabric on campus. Members of the band are enrolled in one of four concert band classes, percussion ensembles, and have the opportunities to be participants in the McEachern Marching Band, Jazz Band, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Chamber Ensembles, or Winter Guard programs. The McEachern Wind Symphony has most recently performed for the 2007 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, 2012 University of Georgia “JanFest”, and the 2013 Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The McEachern High School Marching Band has been a consistent Bands of America Regional Finalist and has received invitations to perform in the 2001 Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Day Parade in London, England, and in the 2006 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
Heritage High School Wind Ensemble, Ringgold, Georgia
Blair Callaway, Director of Bands
The Heritage High School Band was formed in the summer of 2008. The band started with 63 high school students and presently has an enrollment of 180+. The high school band program consists of two concert bands, marching band, pep band, jazz band, winterguard and several small ensembles. The Heritage Band program was a 2015 and 2012 recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association Exemplary Performance Award. The wind ensemble has received all superior ratings in each of the first seven years of the Heritage Band. During this time the band has had 40 Georgia All-State Band members, 3 All-State Jazz Band members and 183 chosen for the GMEA District 7 Honor Band. The wind ensemble was an honor ensemble for the 2015 University of Georgia Janfest and has performed at the 2013 Southeastern United States Honor Band Clinic held at Troy University in Troy, Alabama and the 2011 Loyola University Invitational Concert Band Festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Band members have been participants in the NAfME Honor Ensembles and the U. S. Army All-American Marching Band.