All-Star Band Clinic Preps for Intensive Weekend

WILMORE, Ky. — Talented high-school juniors and seniors will bring their rumbles, tweets and other musical sounds to Asbury University Nov. 15-17 during the 36th annual All-Star Band Clinic.

The clinic draws young musicians from Kentucky and the surrounding states to get a taste of University life while studying under a nationally known conductor. The weekend includes large-group rehearsals, small-group sectionals with Asbury faculty, fellowship with Asbury music students and a concert on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate their added skills.

“From our perspective, it gives us a chance to make contact with the students and get to know them a little,” said Dr. Glen Flanigan, director of Asbury’s Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. “Even during the clinic, a few will audition to be music students at Asbury or will decide to come back in the spring to audition. We have several current Asbury students who were members of the All-Star Clinic.”

Dr. Bruce Moss is this year's guest conductor for the All-Star Band Clinic.
Dr. Bruce Moss is this year's guest conductor for the All-Star Band Clinic.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Bruce Moss, professor and director of bands at Bowling Green State University. Before teaching at the university level, Moss worked as director of bands at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Ill., where both the band and orchestra were selected to perform at a national conference for music educators — the first time in the history of the conference that two large ensembles from the same public school were independently chosen to perform.

One of the pieces selected for Saturday’s concert is a new arrangement of an Aaron Copeland tune by James Curnow ’66, composer-in-residence emeritus and long-time faculty member at Asbury. Other selections include a John Phillip Sousa march; “Tancredi Overture,” by Gioachino Rossini; “Puszta,” by Jan Van der Roost; and “Blue Tango,” by Leroy Anderson.

Saturday’s concert will take place at 3 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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