Asbury Sets the Stage for All-Star Band Clinic

Asbury University music faculty and students will welcome approximately 85 outstanding high school musicians to the 35th annual Asbury University All-Star Band Clinic on Nov. 21-23.

In addition to participating in rehearsals and performing for friends and family (3 p.m., Nov. 23, Hughes Auditorium), the student musicians will be treated to a Music Department Collage Concert (7:30 p.m., Nov. 22, Hughes) and a concert by the Asbury University Jazz Ensemble (9:30 p.m., Nov. 22, the Grille). Each Friday and Saturday performance is free and open to the public.

Every year, Band Clinic draws students from across Kentucky and other states to Asbury’s campus for rehearsal and performance, specialized instrumental training with guest clinicians and an integrated campus experience.            

The band will be led by guest conductor Dr. Bruce Moss, professor and director of bands at Bowling Green State University. Moss is a well-known as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad.

Asbury alumna Kristy Nevil ’08 has experienced Band Clinic both as a participant and as an educator. She attended the first All-Star Band Clinic as a high school senior in 1978, and since 2008, she has returned to Band Clinic every year to serve as clarinet clinician. As a shy and quiet high school senior, Nevil says Band Clinic gave her a unique introduction to the supportive Asbury community.

“It meant a lot to me getting to stay on campus and being in the Christian atmosphere,” she said. “I just felt that I was accepted, and it was very welcoming.” 

Dr. Glen Flanigan, Asbury music professor and band director, says that Band Clinic provides students not only with musical opportunities, but with spiritual opportunities.

“It’s certainly a musical opportunity, because we bring out excellent conductors to work with these students, they get individual training on their instruments from stellar clinicians, and they get to play music they might not get to play otherwise,” he said. “But it’s also a ministry because we have many students from many situations who are completely unaware of what life is like at a Christian university. They get to go to Chapel, live in campus housing for three days, and generally experience life at Asbury.”

For Flanigan, the weekend concerts are the best part of band clinic, as University and high school students come together to enjoy the rewards of their hard work.

“The concerts are a culminating event,” he said. “I always enjoy the amazing progress the high school students have made between the first rehearsal and the final performance on Saturday afternoon. It really reflects well on our conductor, our clinicians, and the talent of our high school guests.”

--by Joel Sams '15

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