2018 Mid-Atlantic Honor Band
January 19–21, 2018
Featured Composer: Alex Shapiro
Ensemble Conductors: Timothy J. Robblee
Student Nomination Deadlines
Student nominations accepted beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017
Deadline to submit student nominations is Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Student nominees notified of acceptance on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
About the Mid-Atlantic Honor Band
The Mid-Atlantic Honor Band at Shenandoah Conservatory brings together talented musicians from the entire Mid-Atlantic region to participate in intensive ensemble playing and masterclass sessions. Students and teachers will interact with a featured guest composer, special guest clinicians, and Shenandoah Conservatory faculty.
Students must be nominated for inclusion in the Mid-Atlantic Honor Band by their high school directors. Shenandoah faculty will review the nominations after the deadline and all nominated students will be notified of the outcome of the nomination and selection process by Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Special clinics for public school teachers occur over the course of the weekend with specific topics oriented toward personal development. We also offer certificates of participation for use with your school district toward reaccreditation.
Guest Clinician: Alex Shapiro
ALEX SHAPIRO (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-blind acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music LLC, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the United States and internationally, and can be found on nearly thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Shapiro is sought after for her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often employ striking visual and physical elements, and is known for her innovative uses of technology in her music for wind band ensembles.
Shapiro is a familiar advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published writings, and volunteerism. She is the Symphonic and Concert writer representative on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, a board member of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation, and is a member of the Program Council for New Music USA. She has also served on the boards of U.S. music organizations including The American Music Center, the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists.
Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Shapiro moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, and in 2007 relocated to Washington State’s remote San Juan Island, where she composes in a home perched on the water’s edge, surrounded by wildlife. An award-winning nature photographer, Shapiro’s images and music can be experienced on her blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com and her website, www.alexshapiro.org.
TIMOTHY J. ROBBLEE is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, teaches conducting, and conducts the Wind Ensemble and EDGE Ensemble. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University where he was also Music Director and Conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Robblee has also served as Director of Bands at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and Willamette, University in Salem, OR.
Robblee holds a Ph.D. in wind band conducting and music education from the University of Minnesota as a student of Craig Kirchhoff, an M.M. in conducting from Northwestern University under Mallory Thompson, and a B.A. in music education from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. He also spent a year at the Munich Hochschule für Musik pursuing graduate clarinet studies. Prior to graduate study, he taught for eight years as an instrumental music educator in the Palo Alto, California public schools where his students and ensembles were recognized for excellence on a state and national level, including recognition from the 1997 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards as the Outstanding High School Jazz Combo.
Robblee maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor in the United States, Canada, and Asia. He is published as part of GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. As an advocate of music in the public schools, he has presented at music education conferences throughout North America and adjudicated at numerous music festivals. Robblee maintains active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble.
KEITH TAYLOR graduated from James Madison University Cum Laude in 1985 with a major in music education and a minor in psychology, and received his master’s degree in conducting with a concentration in music education from George Mason University in May 2005. After having taught in the Fairfax County Public School System for two years on the elementary and middle school levels, he became the director of bands at Chantilly High School in 1987 where he directed the marching band, symphonic winds, workshop jazz and Chantilly jazz bands until 2009.
In 2009 Taylor became the music specialist for Fairfax County Public School (FCPS). As the music specialist for FCPS, Taylor oversaw the programs for K-12 music in 140 elementary schools, 25 middle schools and 25 high schools, delivering a rigorous music curriculum to 125,000 students with 600 teachers K-12. In July 2016, Taylor retired from Fairfax County Public Schools after 31+ years of service.
While Taylor was director at Chantilly High School, the bands received numerous awards and distinctions at festivals and from music organizations, including a National Concert Band Finalist, Virginia Honor Band, VMEA Blue Ribbon Music Department and a Grammy Signature School. Downbeat magazine has recognized the Chantilly Jazz as the top high school jazz band in the country on numerous occasions. In 1997 and 1998 the Chantilly Jazz earned a finalist position at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City where they performed at Avery Fischer Hall. All bands from Chantilly High School have received superior or excellent ratings at district festivals and regional competitions for twelve years. The Mighty Marching Chargers have garnered consistent superior ratings and many awards at marching band festivals and competitions including finalist band at Bands of America’s regional competitions and first place in music. In addition to the same successes at festivals and competitions, the Chantilly Symphonic Winds has been invited by the Virginia Music Educators Association to represent the state as a feature band at their State Convention.
Taylor works as an adjudicator and clinician at various music festivals. He has also held executive positions for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Association and the International Jazz Educator’s Association (IAJE). He lives in South Riding, Virginia, with his wife Michelle Taylor, daughter Clara, sons Jacob, Mason and Leo.
Guest Ensemble: The U.S. Army Concert Band, “Pershing’s Own”
Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, DC, area. Regular concerts are offered during the cooler months at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.
In an effort to promote international goodwill, the 65-piece, traditional concert band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the PLA of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and outreach.
The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The U.S. Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.”
Learn more at www.usarmyband.com.
Contact Director of Bands Tim Robblee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.