Wind Band Festival to Foster Education, Camaraderie

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present Free Performances

vietcuong.pngThe Sonoma State University music department will host the second annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival starting at 8 a.m. on March 7 at the Green Music Center. The Sonoma Invitational is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with special emphases on artistry, education, and camaraderie.

This year's panel of adjudicators includes Dr. Rodney Dorsey (Oregon State University); Dr. Daniel Schmidt (Northern Arizona University); Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro (Fullerton College); and Dr. Shannon Kitelinger (San Diego State University).

Each of the thirteen participating ensembles will receive a DVD of its performance and ensemble conductors will receive an additional video of their performance with adjudicator feedback.

Two performances by the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble will take place at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. under the baton of festival host Andy Collinsworth in Weill Hall. The SSU ensemble will spotlight visiting composer Viet Cuong, whose 2011 Sound and Smoke received the American Bandmaster's Association/Walter Beeler Prize.


Studio instructors Dave Scott, trumpet, and Anthony Collins, trombone, will play the solo leads in Joseph Turrin's Fandango for trumpet, trombone and wind ensemble.

Participating ensembles


· Casa Grande High School Symphonic Band, Arlene Burney, conductor

· Albany High School Wind Ensemble, Craig Bryant, conductor

· Pioneer High School Wind Ensemble, Robert Rogers, conductor

· James Logan High School Wind Symphony, Adam Wilke, conductor

· Clovis West High School Wind Symphony, John Lack, Mike Malatesta, Pat Absalonson, conductors

· De La Salle High School Concert Band, Larry Colon, conductor

· Lynbrook High School Wind Ensemble, Michael Pakaluk, conductor

· Northgate High School Wind Ensemble, Greg Brown, conductor

· Santa Monica High School Wind Symphony, Kevin McKeown, conductor

· Henry Gunn High School Wind Ensemble, Todd Summers, conductor

· Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble, Rebecca d'Alessio, conductor

· Homestead High School Wind Ensemble, John Burn and Eric Weingartner, conductors

· Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble, Jonathan Grantham, conductor


All performances are free and open to the public. The $5 daily parking fee will be in effect. Parking for Weill Hall is available in Lots O and L. For information call the Department of Music at (707) 664-2324.


ABOVE: Viet Cuong, composer

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