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December, 16, 2021
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM


W 176


Jonathan Whitaker

Jonathan Whitaker
Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

The Process: What Coaches Can Teach Us About Building a Better Band

Clinic Synopsis:

Focus. Perseverance. Discipline. Team-work. These are all characteristics of a successful musicians. These are also characteristics of highly successful sports teams. This presentation will focus on the connections between developing young musicians and developing athletes, and what Nick Saban can teach us about coaching our way to a better band.

Jonathan Whitaker - Biographical Information

Dr. Jonathan Whitaker joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in the fall of 2009. At Alabama, Whitaker’s students have been tremendously successful in national and international solo competitions as well as being placed in some of the nation’s top summer music festivals. Whitaker is in great demand as a guest artist and has appeared at some of the most prestigious music schools in the country including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Yale University, Indiana University and many more. As a soloist, Whitaker can be heard on numerous recordings including the 2018 release of his second solo recording entitled “Paceline” and his debut solo recording entitled “Nature’s Gift” with pianist Kevin Chance. He is a featured soloist on two recordings with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble that include Anthony Barfield’s “Red Sky” and David Maslanka’s Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble. Whitaker has performed with the New York Philharmonic on three separate occasions and is currently Principal Trombone of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony and has also held positions numerous orchestras throughout the United States. Whitaker holds degrees in trombone performance from Murray State University and the University of Minnesota and the Doctor of Music degree in Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University. Dr. Whitaker’s primary teachers include Ray Conklin, Tom Ashworth, M. Dee Stewart, Peter Ellefson and Joseph Alessi. Jonathan Whitaker is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist.

Jeremy Crawford - Biographical Information

Dr. Jeremy Crawford is Associate Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at the University of Alabama.  In addition to leading the tuba studio, Dr. Crawford also serves as Assistant Director of the School of Music.   Dr. Crawford has performed in numerous ensembles including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Brass Band, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Brass Quintet. International performances have taken him to Italy, France, Cuba, and Greece. Recent conference performances include the International Trombone Festival, the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference, the Southeast Horn Workshop, the South-central and Southeast Tuba & Euphonium Conferences, the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the International Music By Women Festival.   To Bring To Bloom, Dr. Crawford’s first solo album, was released in 2018.  The album features works for tuba by Sy Brandon, Amir Zaheri, Andrew Batterham, and D. Edward Davis.  His second solo album,Hummingbrrd, was released in the fall of 2019 and features works for tuba and electronics by Steven Bryant, Brian Sadler, Andy Scott, and Neal Corwell.  His third album, All Made of Tunes, was released on Summit Records in October 2020.   Jeremy earned his degrees from the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and the University of Alabama.  His primary teachers include John Manning, Rex Martin, and Demondrae Thurman.   Jeremy Crawford is a Meinl Weston/Buffet performing artist.