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December, 21, 2022
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM




Doris Doyon

Doris Doyon
Michael James

Michael James

Building a Strong Foundation: Five Strategic Pillars of a Thriving Band Program

Clinic Synopsis:

This session will focus on five critical areas that any music educator should consider in building and maintaining a vibrant program. These pillars are similar in urban, suburban and rural schools despite district infrastructure or demographics. The presenters will give concrete examples of how to put these pillars into action as drawn from a combined 42 years of public school teaching. Attendees will leave with tools to create a realistic action plan to implement in their own program.

Doris Doyon - Biographical Information

Doris A. Doyon (she/her) currently serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and teaches Music Appreciation. An active music educator for 20 years in Washington, Nevada, and California, Ms. Doyon most recently served as director of instrumental music at Norwalk High School, a Title One School in Southeast Los Angeles County. During her tenure the instrumental music program grew to include three concert bands, marching band, jazz band, and orchestra. The band earned a six year designation as a Grammy Signature School Program, and hosted many clinicians from around the nation. Doyon is pursuing a DMA in wind band conducting at UCLA, where she also serves as a Teaching Associate, working with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. She earned a master of music in conducting and percussion performance from Truman State University and bachelor’s degrees in music education and music performance cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University. Her primary conducting teachers include Travis J. Cross, Raydell Bradley, Dan Peterson, and Thomas Trimborn. Doyon is a 2018 and 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalist and a past recipient of the CBDNA Mike Moss grant.

Michael James - Biographical Information

Michael James (he/him) is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at UCLA, where he serves as a teaching assistant for the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. His experience includes twenty years of successful public school teaching in Washington state. Most recently, he was Director of Bands at Ballard High School where he doubled the size of the program. His responsibilities included teaching and overseeing three concert bands, two jazz bands, percussion ensemble, pit orchestra, marching band, pep band, and various jazz combos and chamber ensembles. Under his direction, the Ballard Wind Ensemble was the first high school concert band from Seattle to perform at the Washington State Music Educators Conference and they also had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall. Mr. James established a nationally recognized jazz band that was accepted into the Essentially Ellington, Monterey, and Swing Central Jazz Festivals. The Ballard Marching Band won numerous parade awards at local and regional festivals and the pit orchestra for “Cabaret” was named Outstanding Orchestra at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theater Awards. Mr. James earned a Master of Arts in Conducting at Truman State University and a Bachelor of Music Education (Summa cum laude) from Pacific Lutheran University. His primary conducting teachers include Travis J. Cross, Dan Peterson, and Raydell Bradley. He has been fortunate to work with many inspiring educators and colleagues throughout his time in public education.