Coastal Honor Band & SCHOLARSHIP FESTIVAL
The 8th annual Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Fesitval will be held on the CCU campus on December 4-6, 2014. Band members in grades 8-12 (all participants must have at least two years of experience) are invited to campus for a three day event with guest clinicians and conductors (see bios below). Students will be placed, by audition, into the Festival Wind Ensemble or the Coastal Honor Band. Interested seniors will have the opportunity to audition for scholarships, with awards made at the final concert of the weekend.
SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS: Approximately 150 students will be selected by a committee of University Bands faculty. Information included on the student application (resume) and the band director's recommendation will be the primary criteria used to select participants. In most cases, the student resumes and band director recommendations are the sole source of information from which the committee will make the final selections. Students and directors are encouraged to complete the resume and recommendation in detail and be sure that the required information is submitted prior to the close of registration. Each director who submits a nomination is guaranteed that at least one student from each school will be selected to participate in the Festival. .
HOUSING/MEALS/FEES: For the 2014 Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Festival, students chosen to participate will be required to pay a participation fee of $50, which includes admission to all clinics and concerts. This participation fee will be due AFTER students have been notified that they have been selected to participate in the Festival. The Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Festival provides a housing/meal plan for interested students for a nominal fee.
ACADEMIC TESTING: Students should not schedule to take the SAT or ACT on Saturday December 6, 2014 as this will conflict with the final day of the Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Festival.
Quincy Hilliard (Festival Wind Ensemble)
Quincy C. Hilliard is Composer in Residence and the Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Previous teaching positions were at Nicholls State University, Florida International University, North Marion High School (Sparr, Florida) and White Station Junior and Senior High School (Memphis, Tennessee). He holds the Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of Florida where, in 1999, he was recognized as the Outstanding Alumnus of the School of Music. He holds the Masters of Music Education from Arkansas State University and the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Mississippi State University where he was designated College of Education 1998 Alumnus of the Year. Hilliard’s early music experience was as a trumpet player in the public elementary and high school of his native Starkville, Mississippi. Dr. Hilliard is also president of Hilliard Music Enterprises, Inc. a personal consulting firm, which has a corporate board of distinguished music educators. Hilliard’s compositions for wind band are published by a variety of well known publishers. He is frequently commissioned to compose works, including one for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a score for a documentary film, The Texas Rangers. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Library of Congress to compose a work in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. For many years, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has recognized him with annual awards for the unusually frequent performance of his compositions. Hilliard is regularly invited to conduct, demonstrate effective techniques, and adjudicate festivals throughout the world. Because Hilliard, the composer, conductor, and educator, is also a scholar of Aaron Copland’s music and life, Copland estate administrators authorized Hilliard to publish the educational performance edition, Copland for Solo Instruments (Boosey and Hawkes, 1999). To train school band students, he wrote Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks (FJH Music Company, 2003), Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands (FJH Music Company, 2004), Scales and Tuning Exercises for Superior Bands (FJH Music Company, 2009), Theory Concepts, Books One and Two and is the co-author of the Skill Builders, Books One and Two (Sounds Spectacular Series, Carl Fischer, 1996). He is also the co-author of Percussion Time (C.L. Barnhouse Company) which is a collection of music written specifically for the beginning percussion ensemble. He has presented scholarly papers on music theory and analysis at meetings of the College Music Society and the Central Gulf Society of Music Theory (of which he is past president). He has published articles in Opera Journal, The Instrumentalist, School Musician, Bandworld, American Music Teacher, Florida Music Director, and Tennessee Musician.
Jeff W. Ball is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, established in 2008 as the Grand Street Community Band. From its original thirty members, the organization has grown into the sixty-five-piece Brooklyn Wind Symphony and allowed for the formation of a second-tier ensemble, the eighty-piece Grand Street Community Band. The Brooklyn Wind Symphony was the first ensemble from New York City ever to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in 2013. Mr. Ball is in his ninth year as Director of Bands and fourth year as Coordinator of Performing Arts at the Grand Street Campus High Schools in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. His responsibilities include direction of the Grand Street Campus Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band A and Brass Choir as well as overseeing a large performing arts department comprising more than 200 dancers, 100 choral students, and courses in A.P. Music Theory and theater technology. The five bands at the Grand Street Campus involve over 210 students from the three Title 1 high schools that make up the campus. Almost all of the band students at Grand Street begin their musical training in the ninth grade. Despite this late start, the three concert bands and two jazz bands at the school consistently receive the top ratings of “Gold” and “Gold with Distinction” at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival, often participating at the highest levels of five and six. Along with 3 other New York City band directors, Mr. Ball has presented on his high school program at the Midwest Clinic and the Ohio Music Educators Association conference. Additionally, Mr. Ball is in his fourth year as director of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, which primarily comprises graduate and undergraduate students in music education and music performance. Under his baton, this ensemble presents at least four concerts a year and has begun branching out to other venues such as the Columbia University Festival of Winds. Mr. Ball is also Principal Director of the New York City “All-City” High School Marching band, an honors ensemble that has more than doubled its roster under his leadership. Its weekly rehearsals attract the finest band and color guard students from over 30 public high schools within the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Ball received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in 2003 and his Master's Degree in Music Education from the same institution in 2008. He regularly attends summer conducting symposiums led by the finest collegiate and professional conductors in the United States. Mr. Ball is a member of NYSSMA, NAfME, MEANYC, Pi Kappa Lambda and CBDNA.
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