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Frank Battisti

Frank Battisti

srush0@yahoo.com
Scott Rush

Scott Rush

srush0@yahoo.com
James Stephenson

James Stephenson

composerjim@gmail.com
Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed

earecello@outlook.com
Andy Sealy

Andy Sealy

sealya@lisd.net

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. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Scott received National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. In 1992, Mr. Scott was named national winner of the Stanbury Award for "Young Director of the Year". He is also listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers. 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 consistently received Superior ratings at state, regional and national competitions, and have received the SCBDA's Outstanding Performance Award consecutively since 1989. Mr. Scott's symphonic bands have received Superior Ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival every year since 1989. His Sedgefield Middle School Band was honored to perform at the 1992 SCMEA In-Service Conference, and his Cario Middle School Band enjoyed that same distinction in 2005. Mr. Scott is active as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching events throughout the Southeast. Mr. Scott maintains professional affiliations with the National Band Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. Scott has presented this clinic for the Midwest Clinic, Texas MEA, Kentucky, Alabama MEA, Virginia MEA, Georgia MEA and South Carolina MEA.

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 the Director of Bands at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. Andy is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He maintains professional affiliations with the American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the International Clarinet Association. He is a Past-President of the Texas Music Educators Association. Andy was awarded the University Scholastic League Sponsor of Excellence Award in 2016. The Hebron High School Band is a consistent Texas UIL “Sweepstakes” Winner, Bands of America Regional/Super Regional Finalist and Class Champion, and “Best in Class” Winner. In 2021, the Hebron Band was awarded the Exemplary High School Band award by the Texas Bandmasters Association. The Texas Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association selected the Hebron High School Band for their 2015 Outstanding Program Award. The Hebron Wind Symphony was recognized as the Texas Music Educators Association 5A Honor Band for 2010-2011 and performed for the 2011 TMEA Convention Clinic. The Wind Symphony also performed at the 64th and 70th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2010 and 2016 respectively. In 2018, the Wind Symphony performed for the 84th National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association. The ensemble was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2012.

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