Cait Nishimura - 2020 Composer-in-Residence

Cait Nishimura - 2020 Composer-in-Residence

Dr. Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies, UMass Amherst

Dr. Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies, UMass Amherst

Dr. Daniel Albert, UMass Music Education

Dr. Daniel Albert, UMass Music Education

Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band

THE 35th annual honor Band/CLINIC is FEB. 15, 2020



The Honor Band schedule for students will feature masterclasses with UMass faculty, a concert with the UMass Wind Ensemble, and a forum to interact with UMass music students. Lunch and dinner will be provided! Registration will begin at 8:00am and rehearsals will begin at 8:30am. Concert performance will be at 7:00pm. The cost is $40 per student, which covers everything, including lunch and dinner. 


In the event that we would have to postpone Honor Band due to weather, the top of this website page would have information about the changes.

2020 GUEST COMPOSER: Cait nishimura

CAIT NISHIMURA (b. 1991) is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Described as having a "refreshing buoyancy", her music uses minimalist patterns, simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners' minds, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the natural world. With a special focus on wind band and choral music, Nishimura strives to present contemporary concert music that is accessible and enjoyable by musicians of all levels. Her work for wind band, Chasing Sunlight, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, and has since been added to regional and national wind band syllabi. Nishimura holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto. Her work is regularly programmed and commissioned by ensembles across North America, where she is in demand as a visiting composer and educator.

Outside of her work in the "classical" realm, Cait is currently writing her first musical and has released her first pop single:

More info can be found here:


We are putting together a schedule for high school and middle school conductors that includes sessions taught by UMass faculty members, a lunch with music education students and faculty, a session with Cait Nishimura about repertoire and commissioning, and a private UMass Wind Ensemble performance.  At the end of the day, teachers can celebrate with their students at the 7:00pm evening concert.



NISHIMURA HONOR BAND - Cait Nishimura and Dr. Matthew Westgate, conductors

MAROON WINDS - Dr. Daniel Albert, conductor

MINUTEMAN WINDS - Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, conductor


2019 - Benjamin Dean Taylor

2018 - Joni Greene

2017 - Steve Danyew

2016 - David Biedenbender