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Hidden Gems for Chamber Winds: Practical Works for Bands with Limited Student Resources

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  • The clinic will explore some of the lesser known, student-accessible works in the chamber wind repertoire. In addition to demonstrating each work or a movement therein, the presenters will illustrate how each can be performed by small ensembles of varying instrumentation, and the potential educational concepts that can be taught in conjunction with each piece. The presentation will include music from various genres, time periods, and instrumentations.
  • Lieutenant Kelly Cartwright (
  • 12/19/2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W184
  • Lt. Kelly L. Cartwright, Fleet Bandmaster, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band. A native of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Kelly Cartwright enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1998 as an oboist and served at Navy Band Southwest, San Diego, California; U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Commander, Naval Forces Europe Band, Naples, Italy. During her tenure in Italy, she led units throughout the European and African theaters of operations and was promoted to chief petty officer. Commissioned in 2009, she reported to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia as the assistant director. She also served as the band detachment officer-in-charge during the humanitarian assistance mission Continuing Promise 2011, on board USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20). In January 2012, she assumed the position as the final director of Navy Band Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee, which was disestablished in October 2014. She was subsequently assigned as the asset department head at the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. Prior to her current assignment, she received a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Illinois as part of the Naval Postgraduate School Civilian Institutions Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education from West Virginia University and a Master of Education from the University of Hawaii. She is a graduate of the Navy’s basic, unit leader, and senior musician courses.
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  • Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Coats
  • Lcdr. Robert J. Coats, Deputy Director and Rating Assignment Officer, U.S. Navy Fleet Band Activities. Lieutenant Commander Coats attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree before winning a position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997. Shortly thereafter he won an audition with the United States Navy Band, joining the Navy's premier musical ensemble in Washington D.C. in 1998. While serving in the nation's capital, he performed for Presidents, Royalty, Heads of State, Cabinet Members, United States Justices, Senators and members of Congress, in addition to tens of thousands of concertgoers during national tours across the United States. During this time he also completed a Masters Degree in Instrumental Performance at The Catholic University of America. Since receiving his commission in October 2008 he has served as a bandmaster in the United States Navy Music Program. While serving he has conducted across Europe, Africa, South America, the Pacific Northwest, and the eastern United States to include work with the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Naples Italy, the Rainier Symphony in Seattle, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  During the 2014-2015 academic year Lieutenant Commander Coats attended Naval Postgraduate School, studying at the Herberger Institute at Arizona State University and receiving a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting.  He is currently the Deputy Director of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Band Activities, and the Rating Assignment Officer for the Navy’s Musician Rating.  Prior to his current assignment, he completed tours as Fleet Bandmaster, U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Director of Navy Band Northwest, and as Assistant Director, Naval Forces Europe Band.