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  • 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

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  • Jason Caslor | The Band Room Podcast

    JASON CASLOR EPISODE 9 Jason Caslor DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share We welcome Director of Wind Ensembles at Arizona State University, Dr. Jason Caslor to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan as he and Jason discuss his formative years growing up in Saskatchewan, his time at University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba and Arizona State University, studying with Dale Lonis and Gary Hill, his time with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Memorial University and how he made his way back to Arizona. Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: Jason Caslor is an associate professor of music and director of wind ensembles at Arizona State University. In addition to directing the ensemble, he also mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. Caslor is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer. From 2015-2019, Caslor served as assistant professor and associate director of bands and orchestras and Arizona State University. From 2010-2015, Caslor served as assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching” Award from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral instructor. In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor has conducted the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, and the Alberta Wind Symphony. As a researcher, he has presented his work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the WASBE International Conference, and the CBDNA National Conference. Caslor’s current research interests include developing a user-friendly iPad application that will allow for the transmission of high-quality audio over the internet for the purposes of internet-based rehearsals/clinics and spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large ensembles. FEATURED WORKS Percy Grainger | The "Gum-Suckers" March United States Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn, Director EPISODE LINKS Jason Caslor Arizona State University Ontario Provincial Honour Band OMEA ​ ​

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  • Don't Mess With Texas | The Band Room Podcast

    DON"T MESS WITH TEXAS EPISODE 4 Don't Mess With Texas DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share This episode is dedicated to all Band Room listeners in the great band state of Texas. Join Dylan in an episode entitled, Don't Mess With Texas, as he explores wind music of Texas, with works by Kevin Puts, Scott McAllister and Donald Grantham. Featuring the Baylor University Wind Ensemble with Dr. Eric Wilson, Michigan State University Wind Symphony with Dr. Kevin Stedatole & The University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin. Please scroll down the page to learn about where you can donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Let's help our band geeks to the south, when they need it most. Big thanks to Mark Records for the use of the recordings used on today's episode. Come back next week when Dr. Gillian MacKay from the University of Toronto will be joining us, as we talk about Being the Best Musician You Can Be | A Conductor's Perspective. FEATURED WORKS Kevin Puts, Arranged by Mark Spede | Millennium Canons Baylor University Wind Ensemble – Conductor Dr. Eric Wilson Mark Records | 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA): Baylor University Wind Ensemble Scott McAllister | Gone Michigan State University Wind Symphony – Conductor Dr. Kevin Stedatole Mark Records | 2013 Midwest Clinic: Michigan State University Wind Symphony Donald Grantham| Symphony for Winds and Percussion: III. Stomp University of Texas Wind Ensemble – Conductor Jerry Junkin Mark Records | Band Music 2010 Texas Music Educators Association: University of Texas Wind Ensemble) RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY EPISODE LINKS Kevin Puts Millennium Canons The Baylor University Wind Ensemble Scott McAllister Gone M ichigan State University Wind Symphony Donald Grantham Symphony for Winds & Percussion - Stomp University of Texas-Austin Wind Ensemble