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The 2019 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$130 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$160 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$95 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

NOTE:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will be ineligible to receive a professional development certificate/credit hours for the events attended during the conference.  

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The Tricks of the Trade: Composing for Young Bands

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  • Composer Tim Fisher will explore practical techniques that will help you write effectively for students in their first years of learning. Rather than focusing on the many limitations at the beginning level, he will ask the question, “What CAN students do?”, in order to find fresh and interesting ways to write for young bands. Band directors will also gain valuable insights into the composition process and be inspired to find engaging and meaningful repertoire, even if it only has 5 notes!
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  • 12/16/2015 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • W185
  • Tim is passionate about writing fresh and interesting works for Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, particularly for junior level ensembles. His works are published by Brolga Music, Grand Mesa Music and Jalen Publishing. A number of his works have featured on festival lists around Australia and internationally. They have appeared on JW Pepper's Editors’ Choice lists and been performed at The Midwest Clinic as part of new music reading sessions. Tim has also written solo works for brass and woodwind, which are part of the Australian Music Examination Board syllabus. In addition to his work as a composer, Tim has been a brass teacher and ensemble director at both Primary and Secondary school levels for over 20 years. Tim holds a Master of Philosophy in Jazz Arranging & Composition from ANU, a Bachelor of Education majoring in Music from The University of Melbourne, and a Master Certificate in Orchestration for Film & TV from Berklee Online.