THE 35th annual honor Band/CLINIC is FEB. 15, 2020
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON DECEMBER 9, 2019.
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 for accepted students on Honor Band Day 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.
***SNOW DATE - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020***
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: https://smarturl.it/c2uh8y
More info can be found here: caitnishimura.com
The Educator Track is on hiatus this year, but you can still enjoy a session with Cait Nishimura about repertoire and commissioning at 9:00am in Bezanson Recital Hall and a UMass Wind Ensemble performance at 1:00pm in the FAC Concert Hall. At the end of the day, teachers can celebrate with their students at the 7:00pm evening concert! The concert is FREE.
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