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December, 19, 2022
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM




Frank Battisti

Frank Battisti
Scott Rush

Scott Rush
James Stephenson

James Stephenson
Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed
Andy Sealy

Andy Sealy

Inspiring a Love of Music

Clinic Synopsis:

Music is essential in the personal and intellectual development of young people. This panel discussion, led by Frank Battisti, seeks to discover the strategies used by middle and high school band and orchestra directors to get students to fall in love with music. Topics include: The value of music, the impact of heartfelt music making, teaching strategies on the “expressive power” of music, and creating a rehearsal environment full of imagination and expression.

Frank Battisti - Biographical Information

Frank L. Battisti is Conductor Emeritus of Wind Ensemble Activities at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Under Mr. Battisti’s leadership, the Ensemble established a national and international reputation for being one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the United States. During the past 40 years, Frank L. Battisti has been responsible for commissioning and premiering many works for wind ensemble by distinguished American and foreign composers including Warren Benson, Leslie Bassett, Robert Ceely, John Harbison, Robin Holloway, William Thomas McKinley, Vincent Persichetti, Michael Colgrass, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, Robert Selig, Sir Michael Tippett, Ivan Tcherepnin, Robert Ward and Alec Wilder. Battisti is a very active guest conductor, having directed many professional, university, military and high school ensembles in the United States, England, Europe, Middle East, Scandinavia, Australia, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Russia. He has held numerous national offices in various wind band/ensemble associations including President of the U.S. College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Battisti is a member of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and founder of the National Wind Ensemble Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE) and co-founder of the New England College Band Association (NECBA). He is the author of several books published by Meredith Music Publications.

Scott Rush - Biographical Information

Scott Rush is the team lead for the “Habits” series published by GIA and currently serves as the conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. Under his direction, the Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author and co-author of fourteen highly touted books, some of which include: Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Musician, Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, The Evolution of a Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of a Significant Band Director, and Pathway to Success for GIA Publications. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He currently serves as President of the Servant Leadership Association for Music (SLAM).

James Stephenson - Biographical Information

Composer James Stephenson was never going to be a composer. After graduating from the New England Conservatory in 1990, he started his professional musical career playing trumpet for 17 seasons with the Naples Philharmonic. As a composer, he has received commissions from the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Recently, 51 orchestras (one from each state + DC) co-commissioned his orchestral version of “Fanfare for Democracy,” which was originally premiered at Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration. The San Francisco Ballet premiered his score, “Wooden Dimes,” and his 2nd Symphony “Voices,” recorded by the “President’s Own” US Marine Band, won two prestigious awards. Stephenson has written sonatas and concertos for nearly every instrument, with collaborations from principal players in many symphony orchestras and his catalog numbers near 250 works. Rounding out his diverse musical output, he’s a well-known arranger, having collaborated on over 100 works with the Cincinnati Pops, the Boston Pops, and orchestras world-wide. Internationally renowned violinist Joshua Bell recently engaged him to arrange several works for upcoming performances and recording projects. Jim lives near Chicago with his wife, Sally, in a nearly empty house that once had four lively and beautiful children in it.

Elizabeth Reed - Biographical Information

Elizabeth A. Reed accepted a position as Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Miami University in Ohio in the fall of 2021. Since 2018, Dr. Reed has been the Executive Director of the National String Project Consortium. This non-profit organization focuses on children across the United States having access to string music education and providing emerging string music education majors the opportunity to practice teaching. Dr. Reed has taught beginning to advanced levels of orchestra (4th- 12th) to students in Fairfax County Public Schools (2004-2015, 2020-2021) and Lexington-Richland School District Five (2019-2020). During the fall of 2018, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Dr. Reed received her Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of South Carolina. Other degrees include a Master of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Performance Certificate in cello from the University of South Carolina (2001). Dr. Reed has served as guest conductor for various honor orchestras and has presented clinics and research poster sessions, nationally and internationally.

Jeff Scott - Biographical Information

Jeff Scott is the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, where he has held that position since 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University. He was awarded National Board Certification in 2005 and 2015. In 2020, he was named Phi Beta Mu “South Carolina Bandmaster of the Year”. Mr. Scott is co-author of the highly touted books Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, and Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician published by GIA Publications. Bands under Mr. Scott's baton have received exclusively Superior ratings at state, regional, and national competitions since 1989. Those bands have also received the SCBDA's Outstanding Performance Award every year since 1989. Mr. Scott is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has presented clinics for the Midwest Clinic in 2014, 2017, and 2021. He maintains professional affiliations with NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu.

Roy Holder - Biographical Information

Roy Holder serves a Vice President and as Chair of the Sudler Flag of Honor Committee for the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the School Bands Task Force. Mr. Holder is also a Past President of the National Band Association and the founding President of the Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. During his 42 years working as a high school band director Mr. Holder has been recognized with professional honors by ETSBOA, VBODA, Phi Mu Alpha, Fairfax County Public Schools, Wolf Trap, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the National Band Association, the Sousa Foundation, the US Army Band, the National Symphony, The Midwest Clinic and the accomplishments of the Lake Braddock Band program have twice been read into the US Congressional Record. Mr. Holder is member of the Virginia Honor Band Hall of Fame, the ETSBODA Hall of Fame, and the VBODA Hall of Fame. In June of 2011 the Lake Braddock Secondary School Band was awarded 30 Consecutive Year Honor Band Plaque from VBODA. Ensembles under Mr. Holder’s direction have performed at the Kennedy Center, the Federal Reserve, the Pentagon, 4 times at the Virginia Music Educators Association In Service Conference, 3 times for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, for the American Bandmasters Association Convention and completed a concert tour of China. Mr. Holder continues to maintain a busy schedule supporting bands.

Andy Sealy - Biographical Information

Andy Sealy is in his twentieth year as Director of Bands at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas and is a graduate of Texas Tech University.  Andy is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He maintains professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the International Clarinet Association.  Andy served on the Executive Board of the Texas Music Educators Association from 2015 to 2019 including terms as TMEA President and Band Division Chair (TMEA Vice-President).  Andy was awarded the University Scholastic League Sponsor of Excellence Award in 2016.  Andy has been happily married to his wife, Karen, for twenty-seven years. Karen is the Secondary Curriculum and Programs Director for the Lewisville Independent School District.  Karen and Andy reside in Frisco, Texas.