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  • Jonathan Dagenais | The Band Room Podcast

    JONATHAN DAGENAIS EPISODE 12 Jonathan Dagenais DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Jonathan Dagenais is a Canadian composer, conductor, music educator and one of Dylan's favourite colleagues to work with. Jonathan sits down with Dylan to discuss his musical upbringing, musical influences, compositional process, conducting career, what he looks for as an adjudicator and much more! ​ Bio Jonathan Dagenais holds a Masters degree in Conducting from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal. In addition to CEGEP/university teaching (music theory, composition, ear training, musicianship and conducting), Mr. Dagenais is also pursuing a career as a composer and arranger for wind orchestra. His works have been performed repeatedly by many Canadian university and high school ensembles, they appear on several professional recordings and some have been listed in MusicFest Canada’s concert band syllabus since 2009. Mr. Dagenais’ works are currently published throughout the world by Alfred Publishing, Eighth Note Publications and Hafabra Music. Jonathan Dagenais has a very active conducting career. Since 2005, he has acted as the conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié (OVNI), a Montreal wind orchestra he co-founded. This ensemble is dedicated to collaborative and active listening, tone quality, refined interpretation as well as adopting a humoristic approach. In 2010 and 2017, he was appointed conductor of the McGill Wind Orchestra and he was a guest conductor for the Montreal Pop Symphony Orchestra (OSPM) in 2012. He has also been conducting the Cercle Philharmonique de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu since September 2012. Since September 2015, he has been the conductor of the Orchestre de jeux vidéo - OJV (Montreal Video Game Orchestra), an ensemble dedicated to video game soundtracks. Being a longtime fan of video games and their music, this was a natural marriage of his two passions. Finally, for the year 2018-2019, he was appointed guest conductor for the Ottawa Pops Orchestra. Mr. Dagenais is regularly selected to . Moreover, he is the artistic director of the Quebec MusicFest since 2017. Every year, he is hired by canadian summer music camps to conduct orchestras, bands and chamber music groups. He has been a guest conductor for many Canadian honor bands and, most notably, Jonathan was appointed as the conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) for the 2013 edition in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, it being the most prestigious honorary band in the country. He is also the appointed conductor / clinician / educator for the company Twigg Musique in Quebec and a Yamaha Canada Master Educational Artist. adjudicate and/or give clinics at more than 20 North American music contests and festivals Mr. Dagenais is a guest teacher at McGill University. ​ Help support the Band Room Podcast: Send in a voice message: FEATURED WORKS Jonathan Dagenis | Mouvement Frénétique US Navy Band, Anthony J. Maiello - Conductor EPISODE LINKS Jonathan Dagenais Website Jonathan Dagenais Suggested Repertoire List Compositions of Jonathan Dagenais ​ ​ ​

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  • About | The Band Room

    WHAT IS THE BAND ROOM? Welcome to The Band Room! A podcast bringing you the best of band. The podcast will explore everything band, conducting, music education and performance. Listen to the some of the greatest works for winds and have your ears opened to the new and exciting! If that’s not enough, Dylan will be interviewing the movers and shakers of the wind world, conductors, composers, teachers and performers. So come on in and take a seat in The Band Room! ABOUT DYLAN ROOK MADDIX Dylan Rook Maddix is Professor of Music at Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON, where he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches music theory and serves as the head of wind and brass studies. He is also on faculty at Laurentian University where he teaches conducting. Dylan is founder of the Toronto Winds, host of the podcast The Band Room, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator across Canada. With a passion for music education and outreach, Dylan maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has been music director of the Milton Concert Band, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program, and is now co-manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dylan has conducted the Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir, and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra. A prizewinner at the 2011 & 2014 National Music Festivals, Dylan has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. His musicality has led him to numerous festivals in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, North American Brass Band Championships, Indian River Music Festival, Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, Music Fest Canada and the Luminato Festival. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University. WANT TO HELP? DONATE TO BRP! Want to help support BRP? You can donate to our Go Fund Me page. Your contributions will help me travel for more interviews, purchase better equipment, and allow me the time and resources to do the work I love to do. My goal is to expand my output, developing resources for music teachers and ensure that the podcast has a future , while maintaining BRP’s independent voice. Thank you so much for listening to BRP and for your support into the future! CONTACT For General Inquiries or Advertising Questions email us. Submit Thanks for submitting!

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  • Linda Wharton | The Band Room Podcast

    LINDA WHARTON EPISODE 10 Linda Wharton DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share First episode of 2020! Join Dylan as he and Linda Wharton discuss growing up in London, Ontario, attending Western University, teaching at Central Secondary School, adjudicating, how music helped through trying times and coming full circle now teaching at Western University. ​ Linda Wharton is a UWO Faculty of Music grad and an Althouse College grad. She taught at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute for five years and at Central Secondary School in London for almost three decades. Her Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles won many awards locally, regionally, provincially and nationally. Linda has won many teaching awards, including the Award of Distinction from the Thames Valley District School Board and the Dennis Brown Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Richardson Music Awards. Linda currently teaches Instrumental Conducting Techniques at Western University and adjudicates at music festivals around Ontario. FEATURED WORKS Gordon Jacob | William Byrd Suite: I. The Earle of Oxford's Marche Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra & Frederick EPISODE LINKS Linda Wharton Western University, Don Wright Faculty of Music Donate to Rowbust Dragon Boat Team ​ ​ ​

  • The Band Room | Episode 13 - Mark Hopkins

    MARK HOPKINS EPISODE 13 Mark Hopkins DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Dylan is joined in the Band Room with his friend and mentor, Dr. Mark Hopkins, Professor of Music at Acadia University. They discuss everything from his "unusual" path to where he is, getting back up when you get knocked down, influential teachers, love of teaching, COVID-19 ensemble ideas for the fall and more! The music used in today’s episode was Donald Coakley’s , performed by the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Hopkins Antiphonals Help support the Band Room Podcast: ​ Bio Dr. Mark Hopkins is a Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. At Acadia University he is founding conductor of the Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate Conducting courses plus other Music Education, SoundPainting, and chamber music courses. Dr. Hopkins is in-demand as a guest conductor and music education consultant. In 2003 Dr. Hopkins was appointed Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, an honour ensemble that selects some of the best young players in Canada through annual national auditions. He led the 2019 National Youth Band of Canada in seven performances across Manitoba. He is Artistic Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011, 2013-present), and is Past-President of the Nova Scotia Band Association. Along with composer Derek Charke, Dr. Hopkins organized “Shattering the Silence”, an innovative new music festival (visit to learn more.) He can be heard leading the WIRED! Ensemble on the cd’s LIVE WIRED!(2015) and In Sonorous Falling Tones(2017). Dr. Hopkins received a 2019 National Band Award from the Canadian Band Association, and an “Established Artist Award” from Arts Nova Scotia in 2016 for his work as a professional conductor. In Canada he has guest-conducted bands and orchestras in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. Abroad, he has led collegiate and professional performances in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania. A native of Toronto, Dr. Hopkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory while serving as Assistant to Frank L. Battisti, and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation. From 2002-2005 he led ensembles and taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Dr. Hopkins taught music in high schools for twelve years, including seven years’ service as Chair of the Music Department at Upper Canada College in Toronto. His professional work as a Conductor spans the full range of ensembles and genres. ​ Help support the Band Room Podcast: Send in a voice message: FEATURED WORKS Antiphonals Donald Coakley | Acadia University Wind Ensemble, Mark Hopkins, Conductor EPISODE LINKS Mark Hopkins Website Acadia University School of Music ​ Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra ​ In Sonorous Falling Tones Recording - Music of Derek Charke, the WIRED! Ensemble Leave Us An Anchor Voice Mail The Band Room Podcast Go Fund Me ​ ​ ​

  • Pete Meechan | The Band Room Podcast

    PETER MEECHAN EPISODE 15 Peter Meechan DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Dylan sits down with composer Pete Meechan, speaking about his musical upbringing, musical influences, compositional process, life as a composer, his friendship and the impact of trumpeter Ryan Anthony, ideas to consider when planning for the fall and more! For this month’s featured repertoire we feature the third movement of Pete’s, trumpet concerto, Renaissance of Wonder, composed for Ryan Anthony. In honour of the memory of Ryan Anthony, please consider donating to Cancer Blows: ​ About Peter The music of Canadian-based British composer Peter Meechan (b. 1980, Nuneaton, UK) is extensively performed throughout the world. His music has been commissioned, recorded, broadcast and performed by some of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, brass bands, conductors and soloists, including: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, The United States Air Force Band, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Brass Band, The Band of the Coldstream Guards, RNCM Wind Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, David Childs, Steven Mead, Patrick Sheridan, Les Neish, Peter Moore, Linda Merrick, and many more. Meechan’s music is featured on over 100 commercial recordings and has been featured at festivals and clinics globally, including the Midwest Clinic, The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Conference, CBDNA, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, BASBWE conferences, and in 2014 his work “The Legend of King Arthur” was used as the set test piece at the British National Brass Band Championships, held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. His works for brass band have been used as compulsory and own choice selections at music contests across the world. Peter was the first ever “Young Composer in Association” with the prestigious Black Dyke Brass band, where he also went on to serve as their “Composer in Residence”. Meechan also held the position of “Composer in Residence” with The Band of the Coldstream Guards between 2012 – 2015. He holds an undergraduate degree (BMus Hons) from the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), where he studied with Dr. Anthony Gilbert, Dr. David Horne and Adam Gorb, a Master of Arts (MA) degree and a PhD (composition), both from the University of Salford (Manchester, UK), where he studied with Prof. Peter Graham. Recent projects have included a symphony for wind orchestra (“Korn Symphony”, centred on the events of the Coventry Blitz), “Love Songs” – a 4 movement, 30 minute setting of four Shakespeare sonnets for choir, narrator, brass quintet and organ, a new trumpet concerto (“Renaissance of Wonder”) for Ryan Anthony, Principal Trumpet of Dallas Symphony Orchestra, for soloist and orchestral winds (recorded in June 2018 by Ryan Anthony, DSO players, and conducted by Jerry Junkin), a tuba sonata (“One Sweet Dream”) for long-time friend and collaborator Les Neish, a new extended length work for wind orchestra “Athabasca”, commissioned by Ray Baril and the Edmonton Winds, and “Waves Across the Pebbled Shore” – a new work commissioned by Ray Cramer, Terry Austin, and the Musashino Wind Ensemble for performance at the 2018 Midwest Clinic. Peter resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with his wife Michelle (a band teacher) and their miniature dachshund dogs: Stevie and Jurgen (not band teachers), and when not writing music can usually be found watching his beloved Liverpool Football Club. FEATURED WORKS Peter Meechan | Korn Symphony – Mov. II | At the Cathedral Gate Royal Canadian Air Force Band | Captain Matthew Clark – Conductor Listen: Perusal Score: , Ryan Anthony, Trumpet, Musicians of the Dallas Symphony, Jerry Junkin – Conductor Peter Meechan | Renaissance of Wonder, Hymn: Dreamer of dreams, the makers of music Listen: Perusal Score: EPISODE LINKS Peter Meechan Website Ryan Anthony Foundation – Cancer Blows ​ Song of Hope, Ryan Anthony and The Dallas Winds Re:mission - Rubato (Live), Ryan Anthony, Trumpet RCAF Band (Can also find Above and Beyond Album info here) Leave Us An Anchor Voice Mail