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  • Be The Best Musician You Can Be | The Band Room Podcast

    BE THE BEST MUSICIAN YOU CAN BE With Special Guest, Dr. Gillian MacKay EPISODE 5 Be The Best Musician You Can Be DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share We welcome the wonderful Dr. Gillian MacKay, from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music to the Band Room Podcast! ​ Join Dylan as he and Dr. MacKay discuss her formative years growing up in Lethbridge, Alberta, when she caught the conducting bug, influential teachers and her thoughts on being a performing conductor/educator. Gillian MacKay is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting, trumpet, and music education. An award-winning teacher, Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has conducted honour bands throughout Canada and the United States, and in 2001 was chosen to conduct the National Youth Band of Canada. A sought-after adjudicator, Dr. MacKay has judged Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels. In addition, she has judged band competitions in Singapore and Thailand. In October 2007, Gillian was the conductor of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in Bangkok, a group which has members from countries throughout Southeast Asia. Dr. MacKay has presented clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Also recognized as a conducting pedagogue, Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada. As a trumpeter, she is active as a recitalist and chamber musician, and has a particular interest in the French solo trumpet and cornet music of the 19th century. Gillian holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary and Northwestern University. Previously, Dr. MacKay was Instructor of Brass at Medicine Hat College, and Director of the School of Music at the University of Windsor. ​ When host Dylan Maddix and Dr. MacKay first met. Way back when... University of Toronto Masters Graduation Dr. MacKay working with her alma mater band at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute earlier this year. 1/3 EPISODE LINKS Dr. Gillian MacKay https://music.utoronto.ca/our-people.php?fid=5 University of Toronto Faculty of Music https://music.utoronto.ca/index.php University of Toronto Conducting Symposium http://performance.music.utoronto.ca/conducting-symposium/ Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra https://musicfest.ca/national-honour-ensembles/denis-wick-canadian-wind-orchestra/

  • Sounds of Summer | The Band Room Podcast

    SOUNDS OF SUMMER EPISODE 3 Sounds of Summer DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Dylan is not quite ready for summer to be over, so join him as he explores the Sounds of Summer! With works by Percy Grainger, Michael Colgrass and David Maslanka. Featuring the United States Marine Band, Rutgers Wind Ensemble and University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Big thanks to Mark Records for the use of the recordings used on today's episode. FEATURED WORKS Percy Grainger| Molly on the Shore The President’s Own United States Marine Band – Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig ​ Michael Colgrass | Bali Rutgers Wind Ensemble with conductor, Dr. William Berz David Maslanka | Desert Roads – III. Coming Home University of Texas Wind Ensemble – Conductor Jerry Junkin Clarinet Soloist - Richard MacDowell RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY EPISODE LINKS Percy Grainger http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/grainger-george-percy-6448 Molly on the Shore http://imslp.org/wiki/Molly_on_the_Shore_(Grainger%2C_Percy) The “Presidents Own” United States Marine Band http://www.marineband.marines.mil/ Michael Colgrass http://www.michaelcolgrass.com/ Bali https://www.jwpepper.com/Bali/10023620.item#/submit Rutgers Wind Ensemble http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/music/ensembles/wind-ensemble David Maslanka http://davidmaslanka.com/about/ Desert Roads http://davidmaslanka.com/works/desert-roads-four-songs-for-clarinet-and-wind-ensemble/ University of Texas-Austin Wind Ensemble https://bands.music.utexas.edu/wind-ensemble/

  • Coast to Coast | The Band Room Podcast

    COAST TO COAST EPISODE 2 Coast to Coast DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Join Dylan as he brings you on a road trip across Canada's musical landscape! Looking at works by Dinuk Wijeratne, Andrew Staniland , Matthew Emery/E.K.R. Hammell and Howard Cable. Huge thanks to Mark Records for providing some of the great recordings used on today's podcast! FEATURED WORKS Dinuk Wijeratne| Invisible Cities – Chloe University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra – Conductor, Dr. Darrin Oehlerking TorQ Percussion Quartet Andrew Staniland | Four Horseman Memorial University Wind Ensemble – Conductor, Dr. Jason Caslor Matthew Emery, Trans. E. K. R. Hammel| When The Sun Comes After Rain University of Toronto Wind Ensemble – Conductor, Dr. Gillian MacKay Howard Cable | Ontario Pictures Western University Wind Ensemble with Conductor, Dr. Coleen Richardson RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY EPISODE LINKS Dinuk Wijeratne http://www.dinukwijeratne.com/ Invisible Cities http://www.dinukwijeratne.com/portfolio_page/invisible-cities/ Andrew Staniland http://andrewstaniland.com/biography/ Four Horseman http://andrewstaniland.com/music-catalog-page/?genre=symphonic-band&instrument&submit=Filter Matthew Emery https://composermatthewemery.com/about/ E.K.R Hammell https://ekrhammell.wordpress.com/about/ When the Sun Comes After Rain (Wind Band) https://ekrhammell.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/when-the-sun-comes-after-rain-wind-band-version/ When the Sun Comes After Rain (Original: Choir) https://composermatthewemery.com/2016/03/01/when-the-sun/ Howard Cable https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/37344/showcase Ontario Pictures http://www.northdalemusic.com/compositions/ontariopictures.html

  • Sharon Fitzsimmins | The Band Room

    SHARON FITZSIMMINS EPISODE 8 Sharon Fitzsimmins DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share We welcome award-winning music educator Sharon Fitzsimmins to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan as he and Sharon discuss her formative years, rebuilding a band program, her involvement in the OMEA, what adjudicators are looking for, involvement with Music Fest Canada and many words of wisdom for music educators. Sharon Fitzsimmins, Mus. Bac., B.Ed, is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music and a conductor at the National Music Camp of Canada . She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards including Teacher of the Year. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. In Feb. 2019 Sharon also received an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association (OBA).Sharon is currently the Chair of the Concert Band Division for MusicFest Canada. Sharon is proud to have taught for thirty years at Barrie North Collegiate where she conducted award winning bands and choirs. She has written three teacher resources and a collection of stories called It Made Me Laugh, It Made Me cry. Stories From the Music Room. Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message FEATURED WORKS , Gustav Holst | Second Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.2 Fantasia on the "Dargason" | Allegro Moderato The Air Combat Command (ACC) Heritage of America Band EPISODE LINKS Sharon Fitzsimmins https://musicfest.ca/about/directors/sharon-fitzsimmins/ OMEA https://www.omea.on.ca/ Music Fest Canada https://musicfest.ca/ ​ ​

  • Fostering Focus & Intent | The Band Room Podcast

    FOSTERING FOCUS & INTENT EPISODE 11 Fostering Focus & Intent in Performance DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Dylan is going solo, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Your band can play the notes! Your band can play the rhythms! There’s even a crescendo! Now what? Join Dylan as he gives ideas to get your band playing beyond the notes on the page, improving their musicality through a mindset of focus and intent. This episode begins our new featured composer segment, this month featuring EKR Hammell. Help support the Band Room Podcast: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fz6g56-the-band-room-podcast Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bandroompod/message FEATURED WORKS E.K.R Hammell | Skyline University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Dr. Gillian MacKay, Conductor Morten Laurdisen, Trans. H. Robert Reynolds | O Magnum Mysterium Columbus State University Wind Ensemble, Robert Rumbelow, Conductor Johannes Brahms | Symphony No. 1, Mov. 4 University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Schubert, Conductor EPISODE LINKS EKR Hammell’s Website https://ekrhammell.com/ Mindfulness by Dr. Ellen Langer https://www.amazon.ca/Mindfulness-25th-anniversary-Ellen-Langer/dp/0738217999 The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander https://www.amazon.ca/Art-Possibility-Transforming-Professional-Personal/dp/0142001104

  • Cait Nishimura | The Band Room Podcast

    CAIT NISHIMURA EPISODE 7 Cait Nishimura DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share Season 2 has begun! We welcome composer, Cait Nishimura to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan and Cait as they discuss her formative years, finding her path as a musician, her compositional process, fighting self-doubt and why she does what she does. Cait Nishimura is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Described as having a "refreshing buoyancy", her music uses minimalist patterns, simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners' minds, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the natural world. With a special focus on wind band and choral music, Nishimura strives to present contemporary concert music that is accessible and enjoyable by musicians of all levels. Her work for wind band, Chasing Sunlight, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, and has since been added to regional and national wind band syllabi. Nishimura holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto. Her work is regularly programmed and commissioned by ensembles across North America, where she is in demand as a visiting composer and educator. Outside of her work in the "classical" realm, Cait is currently writing her first musical and has released her first pop single: https://smarturl.it/c2uh8y Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message FEATURED WORKS University of Toronto Wind Ensemble – Conductor Dr. Gillian MacKay Cait Nishimura | PUKASKWA (from LAKE SUPERIOR SUITE) THANKS TO EPISODE LINKS Cait Nishimura https://caitnishimura.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/caitnishimuramusic/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/composer_cait/?hl=en Twitter https://twitter.com/composer_cait University of Toronto Faculty of Music https://music.utoronto.ca/ Canadian Band Association - Howard Cable Prize https://www.canadianband.org/howard-cable-prize-in-composition ​

  • New Beginnings | The Band Room Podcast

    NEW BEGINNINGS EPISODE 1 NEW BEGINNINGS DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share To celebrate the very first episode of The Band Room, Dylan brings you music of new beginnings. Four very different beginnings but all the start of something new! Featuring works by Jonathan Newman, David Gillingham, Henry Kucharzyk and Gustav Holst. FEATURED WORKS Jonathan Newman | Blow It Up and Start Again Florida State University Wind Orchestra with conductor, Richard Clary David Gillingham | Symphony No. 2 (Genesis) – Movement 1 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wind Symphony - Conductor Dr. John Bell Henry Kucharzyk | Some Assembly Required University of Calgary Wind Ensemble – Conductor Glenn Price Gustav Holst | First Suite in E-flat – Chaconne United States Marine Band – Conductor Fredrick Fennel RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY EPISODE LINKS Jonathan Newman https://jonathannewman.com/ Blow It Up and Start Again (Wind Ensemble) https://jonathannewman.com/music/blow-it-up-start-again-wind-ensemble Blow It Up and Start Again (Orchestra) https://jonathannewman.com/music/blow-it-up-start-again-orchestra The Story of Guy Fawkes http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/guy_fawkes David Gillingham http://gillinghammusic.com/ Symphony No. 2 (Genisis) http://c-alanpublications.com/symphony-no-2-genesis/ Henry Kucharzyk https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/37243/biography Some Assembly Required https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/21951 Mark Records https://www.markcustom.com/HomePage.asp Gustav Holst http://www.gustavholst.info/ First Suite in E-flat http://imslp.org/wiki/First_Suite_for_Military_Band,_Op.28_No.1_(Holst,_Gustav)

  • Migration | The Band Room Podcast

    MIGRATION EPISODE 6 Migration DOWNLOAD SUBSCRIBE GET UPDATES SHARE EPISODE Share The Band Room is back after a long break! In Ep. 6 Dylan brings you music of Migration, featuring works inspired by travel in some way. Works by David Maslanka, Kelly-Marie Murphy and Adam Schoenberg show us the different forms migration might take. This episode features performances by the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony and Dr. Timothy B. Rhea, The Hannaford Street Silver Band with Alain Trudel and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin. Big thanks to Mark Records, Hannaford Street Silver Band and the University of Texas for the use of the recordings used on today's episode. FEATURED WORKS EPISODE LINKS Texas A&M University Wind Symphony – Conductor Dr. Timothy B. Rhea Mark Records | 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA): Texas A&M University Wind Symphony David Maslanka | Traveller Permission from Mark Records Hannaford Street Silver Band – Conductor Alain Trudel Opening Day Entertainment Group | Journey In Brass Permission from Hannaford Silver Street Band Kelly-Marie Murphy | Drumming the Plain, the Horseman is Coming University of Texas Wind Ensemble – Conductor Jerry Junkin University of Texas Wind Ensemble | Live from CBNA 2017 Permission from University of Texas Wind Ensemble Adam Schoenberg| Symphony no. 2 "Migration" Mov. 4 & 5 David Maslanka http://davidmaslanka.com/ Traveler http://davidmaslanka.com/works/traveler/ Texas A&M University Wind Symphony http://musa.tamu.edu/wind-symphony/ Kelly-Marie Murphy https://kellymariemurphy.com/ Drumming the Plain, the Horseman is Coming http://hssb.ca/artists/kelly-marie-murphy/ Hannaford Street Silver Band http://hssb.ca/artists/kelly-marie-murphy/ Adam Schoenberg http://adamschoenberg.com/ Symphony no. 2 "Migration" http://adamschoenberg.com/works/migration/ University of Texas-Austin Wind Ensemble https://bands.music.utexas.edu/wind-ensemble/ RECORDINGS PROVIDED BY

  • Download Ep. 11 | The Band Room

    FOSTERING FOCUS & INTENT EPISODE 11 Fostering Focus & Intent in Performance