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How To Listen To What You're Hearing

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  • This clinic will focus on how to actively and critically listen to all aspects of music during rehearsal. Through the use of interactive examples with a demonstration ensemble, we will focus on the analytical listening skills necessary to improve the overall quality of your ensemble’s performance.
  • Jay Bocook (jay.bocook@furman.edu)
  • 12/14/2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W187
  • Jay Bocook, a native of Clearwater, FL, is recognized internationally as a composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. His works have been performed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2003, Bocook was a contributing arranger to the musical “CyberJam,” which opened to rave reviews at London’s Queens Theatre. In addition, his transcriptions of the film music of John Williams were premiered by the U.S. Marine Band "The President's Own" in concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., also in 2003. An encore performance with Williams and “The President’s Own” took place in 2008. His transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic "Suite from On the Waterfront" can be heard on the 2015 Marine Band CD “Elements.” In 1982, Bocook was appointed director of bands at Furman University in Greenville, SC. In 1989, he left to pursue other opportunities as an arranger for Jenson Publications, but returned to Furman in 2000 as Director of Athletic Bands. He has served as assistant conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and remains a principal composer and arranger for the Hal Leonard Corporation, where he has published over 600 arrangements and original compositions. He served as arranger for the ten-time world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 1992-2016, and currently serves in the same capacity for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Denver, CO. In 2009, he was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was elected into the American Bandmasters Association.
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