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Rescoring for the Small or Incomplete Band

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  • Directors of small schools/programs often struggle to find great music that works for their band. This session covers the fundamentals of how to rescore existing concert band music for small/incomplete bands. Topics include how to arrange by function, hearing the band as a choir, and identifying scoring issues. A demonstration group will play excerpts from existing literature, then play the rescored music using approaches described in the session focusing on fixing challenging instrumentation.
  • Karen Gregg (gregg_karen@svvsd.org)
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  • Karen Gregg is in her 18th year as Director of Bands at Lyons Middle Senior High School. Her responsibilities include directing the four bands (two middle school bands, High School Concert Band, High School Jazz Band) in addition to teaching The History of Rock and Roll, Beginning Guitar, and Music Technology. Since her appointment at Lyons Middle Senior High School, the band program has experienced 400% growth and now includes over 50% of the school population. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music Performance on Bassoon degree, Karen served as the Principal Bassoonist and Woodwind Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Barranquilla in Barranquilla, Colombia. She then attended The Ohio State University where she received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Bassoon Performance. While at UNC, Karen was awarded the "Outstanding Student in K-12 Music Education" and at Ohio State received the "Outstanding Graduate Music Student" Award. In 2018 she was the recipient of the 'Encore Award', a recognition given to just 6 educators in the St. Vrain Valley School District. In 2010, the Lyons High School Concert Band was invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educator's Association Conference, and the Lyons Jazz Band performed at the same conference in 2018. Karen has presented at the CMEA convention two times, once on how to thrive in a small/rural school and the other on how to re-score existing band music for a small or incomplete ensemble. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in Lyons, Karen has served on the All-State Band Steering Committee, the Colorado High School Activities Association Music Advisory Board, and is currently on the Concert Band Committee with the Colorado Bandmasters Association. She is also a member of CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu and the American School Band Director Association. She resides in Lyons with her husband and two kids.
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  • Kirk Vogel
  • Kirk Vogel received his Bachelor of Music Education from Capital University in 1980 and his Masters of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1987. Mr. Vogel spent his entire music education career involved with Colorado schools including teaching assignments at Palisade Jr/Sr High School, Bayfield Middle and High School and, for most of his career, Heath Junior High/Heath Middle School in Greeley. During his career he was fortunate enough to be able to teach band, orchestra, choir and jazz band. The Heath Junior High School Symphonic Band performed at the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) Annual Convention and the Heath Jazz Bands performed twice at the CMEA Convention. In retirement Kirk continues to be active as a composer, guest conductor, adjudicator and an educator/clinician with recent clinics being presented at the Colorado Bandmasters Association and Colorado Music Educators Association conventions. Mr. Vogel has also had a successful career as a composer of band and orchestra music, being published by Kjos Music Company, Alfred Music, Grand Mesa Music and Southern Music. His compositions Kokopelli, Three Waters Mountain, Escalante, and Perseids were the winning entries in the Colorado Music Educators Association Composers Competition in 1993, 1996, 1998, and 2000. His compositions have been performed at state music conventions, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Flute Association Convention and the American School Band Directors Association National Convention. The Pittsburgh Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, community bands and every age group from elementary through college have performed his music. He is a writer member and publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
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