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December, 22, 2023
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Don Schofield

Don Schofield

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Score Preparation Is Like Planning a Family Vacation

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will explore methods to help evaluate, plan, rehearse, and perform literature for maximum impact. Topics will include selecting literature, evaluating risk, commitment to the path, differences in rehearsal conducting and performance conducting, differences in marking rehearsal scores and performance scores, and how to develop an informed interpretation of music.

Don Schofield - Biographical Information

Colonel Don Schofield is the commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. He is responsible for all activities of this 184-member squadron including equipping, training and deploying Airmen musicians to perform nearly 1,600 global missions each year. Colonel Schofield also serves on the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he teaches the History of Wind Literature and Applied Conducting. Colonel Schofield was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, his Master’s Degree in Music from Louisiana State University, and his Doctoral degree from Boston University. Prior to receiving his commission at Officer Training School in 1997, Colonel Schofield taught public school in Georgia. His previous commands include United States Air Force bands in Germany, Colorado, Georgia, and Illinois. In 2007, he led the US Air Force Central Command Band, where he planned and led overseas performances for United States and coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Africa, Kyrgyzstan, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain in direct support of combat operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Schofield has conducted military bands, professional orchestras, and school honor bands throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. He has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as a two-time Emmy Award Top Four Finalist for his musical leadership during internationally broadcast productions at the Grand Ole Opry.