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Beginning Band Basics: Daily Workouts and Techniques Designed to Energize and Motivate the Young Band Student

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  • This clinic will provide daily routines and innovative techniques for use with your beginning band. Through this interactive clinic, we will provide a variety of exercises that will help you successfully reach all levels of learners. Through daily breathing workouts and a simplified approach to teaching dynamics and articulation, your beginning band students will experience quick success and become more motivated to stay in band!
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  • 12/18/2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Patrick Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in his instrument's history. He has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl. He is a former member of US Marine Band. Mr. Sheridan has served on the music faculties at ASU, NAU, Rotterdam Conservatory, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Scottish Academy and most recently at UCLA where he conducted the Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and taught low brass. He is the co-author of the world's best selling method for instrumental improvement, The Breathing Gym, which won the 2009 EMMY Award for Video Production. He is a Chief Design Consultant for Jupiter Band Instruments and XO Brass. Patrick is the Music Director of The Salt River Brass and works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras.
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  • Richard Canter
  • Richard Canter is currently Director of Bands for the Mariemont City School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his appointment in Mariemont, Mr. Canter was the Director of Bands for the Finneytown Local School District in Cincinnati. During his 12 years in Finneytown, the band program received numerous awards at the regional and state level and more than doubled in size. In 2009, Mr. Canter was named Educator of the Year. Mr. Canter is an active composer and arranger and has served as a guest clinician and conductor in various districts in Ohio. Over the past 2 years, he has presented clinics at the TMEA, the TBA and the OMEA Conferences. Mr. Canter holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Miami University. His beginning band teaching tool, Scale & Rhythm Chunks is endorsed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and is used by band directors throughout the country.
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  • Josh Van Gorder
  • Josh Van Gorder is in his eighth year as the Director of Bands for the Spencerville Local School District where he directs all bands grades 5-12. Before serving at Spencerville, he spent four years as the Director of Bands for the Paulding Exempted Village Schools. Mr. Van Gorder holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. An avid trumpet player and vocalist, Mr. Van Gorder has also placed in the top twenty international barbershop quartets as a member of the quartet, Turning Point. His newest venture is singing lead in the internationally competitive barbershop quartet, Common Core. Mr. Van Gorder is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity.