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December, 20, 2023
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM




Travis Cross

Travis Cross

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Zero to Concert in 48 Hours: Strategies for Success with Honor Bands

Clinic Synopsis:

While the most important traits for honor band conductors are great musicianship and teaching, the potent combination of talented students, unfamiliar setting, and not quite enough time presents particular challenges. This session offers philosophical approaches, rehearsal techniques, and logistical considerations to help conductors succeed in the honor band setting—especially those in the position for the first time—and may also be valuable for those who host and administer honor bands.

Travis Cross - Biographical Information

Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music and director of bands at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and leads the graduate wind conducting program. He chaired the music department from 2018–2023 and was associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He previously taught at Virginia Tech and Edina (Minn.) High School. Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Cross has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in nearly 40 states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; as featured band clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention; and on several occasions at the Music for All National Festival and Midwest Clinic. Cross is a member of the Council of Korean Americans and a Yamaha Master Educator.