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The 9th annual Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Festival will be held on the CCU campus on December 2-4, 2015. 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 nomination form will be the primary criteria used to select participants. In most cases, these student nomination forms are the sole source of information from which the committee will make the final selections. Directors and self-nominating students are encouraged to complete the online form in detail and be sure that all 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 2015 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.






Rossano Galante

Born in Buffalo, N. Y., Rossano Galante received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in trumpet performance from SUNY Buffalo in 1992. That same year he was one of 19 people from around the world to be accepted to the University of Southern California’s Film Scoring Program. He studied with the late Jerry Goldsmith, who won an Academy Award for his film score for The Omen. In 1999, Galante moved to California to pursue a career in film composition and orchestration. Since then he has worked with two-time Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck, Brian Tyler and Wolfram de Marco.

Mr. Galante has composed music for the films Bite Marks, Monday Morning and Channels. He has served as orchestrator for the films Fantastic 4, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Gods of Egypt, Prisoners, The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, A Good Day to Die Hard, Trouble with the Curve, The Thing, Final Destination 5, The Homesman, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Knowing, Max Payne, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Live Free or Die Hard, Red Eye, Die Bluthochzeit, The Tuxedo, Tuesdays with Morrie, among many others.

For his large-scale Wind Ensemble compositions, he has been commissioned by the Hofstra University Symphonic Band, Nebraska Wind Symphony, the Amherst Chamber Orchestra, Trenton State College, SUNY Buffalo, Grand Island Middle School, Syracuse Youth Symphony, Point Pleasant Borough High School, North Tonawanda High School, Lockport City School District, Edward Town Middle School, Duxbury High School Wind Ensemble, Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster, Franklin & Marshall College, West Genesee High School Wind Ensemble, East Stroudsburg High School, Grissom High School, Hafabra Publishing, Desert Winds Freedom Band and the Erie County Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Galante has 18 published compositions for Alfred Publications, G. Schirmer, Hafabra and Dehaske/Curnow.

Nola Jones, D.M.A.

Nola Jones is the coordinator of visual and performing arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tenn. Her duties include instructional supervision of four hundred professional arts education specialists, curriculum planning, and implementation of Music Makes Us. Music Makes Us is a public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville. Its purpose is to ensure Metro Nashville Public Schools is a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students.

Prior to her appointment in Nashville, Jones served as director of bands and associate professor of music education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to ensemble conducting and guiding all aspects of the UT Martin Band program, she taught undergraduate conducting and music education classes. Before joining the UT Martin faculty, Jones served as assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music education at Northern Arizona University. A native of Mississippi, Jones has enjoyed a successful career as a middle school and high school band director. Bands she instructed were recognized for their achievements in concert, sight-reading and marching, including performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, three Bands of America Regional Championships and the John Philip Sousa Foundations’ prestigious Sudler Shield of Excellence.

Jones maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for concert bands, marching bands and honor ensembles. She has appeared nationally in 38 of the United States and internationally in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore. At the request of NAfME, she was director of the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Army All-American Band, performing at the NBC televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and served on its Blue Ribbon Committee to write national standards for marching band. Jones has been a featured presenter at state music education conventions in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. She has held positions on the executive board of the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, served as a state chair for the National Band Association and is currently serving as Eta Chapter president of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Jones’ professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Jones received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi State University and the Master of Music Education degree from Mississippi College. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where she was a student of Professor William J. Moody.


Eighth Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
December 4-6, 2014
Quincy C. Hilliard & Jeff W. Ball, Conductors

Seventh Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
December 5-7, 2013
Rodney Winther & Joshua V. Hinkel, Conductors

Sixth Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
November 29 - December 1, 2012
Robert W. Smith & Jay Jacobs, Conductors

Fifth Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
December 1-3,2011
Andrew Boysen & Bob Buckner, Conductors

Fourth Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
January 27-30, 2011
Andre Feagin & David Romines, Conductors
Jim Copenhaver & Jesse Willis, Director's Clinic

Third Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
January 29-February 1, 2009
Robert Sheldon & Ken Bodiford, Conductors
Ken Bodiford & Richard Johnson, Director's Clinic

Second Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
January 31-February 2, 2008
Richard Saucedo, Conductor

First Annual Coastal Honor Band Festival
December 7-9, 2006
Sam Hazo, Conductor



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