William Johnson has been Professor of Music at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, since 1966. He is presently the conductor of the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra.

Dennis L. Johnson is presently Director of Bands and Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. At Murray State he conducts the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Symphony Orchestra and the pit orchestra for the opera and musicals.

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman is the Director of Bands at the University of Hawai’i. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and wind literature, and oversee the entire UH Bands program. In just their first year under his direction, the UH Bands have embarked on an ambitious program of programming, commissioning, touring, and professional development, including a collaborative Chamber Winds program between members of the Hawaii Symphony and the UH Wind Ensemble; a Summer Conducting & Rehearsing Workshop; and a composer residency program.

Ralph Hultgren resides in Newmarket, Queensland, with his wife Julie and two of his five children. His professional music career has spanned a number of decades and includes work as a trumpet player, composer, conductor and teacher.

Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, conducts the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference and the CBDNA National Conference.

Dr. James W. McRoy is currently Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. At C.W. Post, Dr. McRoy directs all aspects of the band program, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band.

Dr. Robert Halseth, Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Bands at California State University, Sacramento, conducts the CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches conducting, and is the founder and co-clinician of the Summer Wind Conducting Workshop, which each June since 1994 has brought to campus some of the finest wind conductors and conducting teachers in the world, including Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Frederick Fennell, Allan McMurray, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff, Eugene Corporon and Jack Stamp.

Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (The New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

Peter P. Fournier, former conductor of the University of California, Irvine Wind Ensemble, retired from full time teaching in 2003. He is associate conductor of the Irvine Youth Symphony, founded in 1991, that has performed throughout Europe, China, Australia and Carnegie Hall.

Director, School of Music, Sam Houston State University (USA) Dr. James M. Bankhead is Director, School of Music at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He is involved with all aspects of the artistic, academic and administrative life of this outstanding institution.

Dennis J. Zeisler has been on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for more than two decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, The Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into a premiere performing ensemble and has received critical acclaim for performances of works by Colgrass, Ring, Sochinski, Camphouse, Hailstork, Smith and Erickson.

Former Conductor, Sony Concert Band and Past-President, Japanese Band Directors Association (Japan)

Toshio Akiyama is an internationally renowned figure widely known for his contribution as the "father of the Japanese wind bands". Having received his education at the famous Eastman School of Music, USA, Mr Akiyama returned to become the Vice- President of the All Japan Band Association from 1961 to 197 and President of the Japanese Band Directors' Association from 1993 to 1997.

Former Conductor, London Wind Orchestra (United Kingdom) Geoffrey Brand - one of the leaders of the modern band movement in England; conductor for numerous high quality concert band recordings by the top professional musicians in London. A popular lecturer and guest conductor in the U.S.

Renowned composter and adjudicator (United Kingdom) Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM. It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles.

Colonel Michael Colburn is the 27th Director of the United States Marine Band. During his more than 20 years with “The President’s Own,” Colonel Colburn has served as principal euphonium, Assistant Director, and since July 2004, the Director of the Marine Band.

Dr. Lawrence Sutherland served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno from 1969 until 2006.

Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals. (Visit his website)

John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where he has been a Professor of music since 1988. His teaching responsibilities include conductor of the University Wind Symphony and Professor of Graduate Conducting.

As a professional Clarinetist, he is enjoying a rewarding career as a Clarinetist, Soloist, Educator, and Conductor. He has extensive experience as a professional Clarinetist in Chamber Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music, Musical Orchestras, and Wind Bands.

Dr. Thomas Root is Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Thomas Root is a native of Minnesota. After completing his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Minnesota, he received a Doctorate in Music Composition from Michigan State University.

Dr. Tony Mazzafero (born and raised in San Francisco) received his Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University. During his undergraduate years, he served as the Principal Tubist in the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.

Leslie Hicken, Director of Bands, joined the faculty of Furman University in the fall of 1993. In the Department of Music, his responsibilities include the directorship of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds; instructor of instrumental conducting; instrumental music education coordinator; and assistant to the Marching Band.

JAY S. GEPHART joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. In July of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and in November 2006 was appointed Director of Bands.

Past-Director of the “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band (USA)

Twenty-sixth Director of “The President’s Own” Timothy W. Foley led the United States Marine Band into its third century of service to the President of the United States and the United States Marine Corps. Foley was a strong and visionary leader for “The President’s Own,” lifting the organization to new heights in terms of its musical and ceremonial reputation.

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education.

Past-President of WASBE (The Netherlands)

Bert Aalders  studied horn, orchestra conducting, choir conducting and band conducting at the conservatories of Arnhem and Zwolle in The Netherlands. After playing horn in the symphony orchestra of Gelderland, he became president of the Music Information Centre Gelderland in 1990.

Musical Director, Birmingham Symphonic Winds (United Kingdom)

KEITH ALLEN was born and educated in London – he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, studying clarinet with Basil Tchaikov and piano with Bernard Roberts. He subsequently undertook post-graduate studies in Education at Birmingham University; has been awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London, and also holds a Bachelors degree from Kingston University and a Masters degree from Thames Valley University.

Director of Wind Band Conducting, Bundes-Academy and Past-President of WASBE (Germany) He studied piano , music theory and orchestral conducting at the conservatory in Lucerne . Further studies he did in the United States of America .

Gary W. Hill is the Evelyn Smith Professor of Music and Director of Ensemble Studies at Arizona State University, where he conducts various ensembles and teaches graduate conducting.

Prior to Hill's appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble, and conducted two professional groups: the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and newEar, a chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music.

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