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2008.03.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Jaime Ishii - University Relations intern
phone: 402.201.1798 - email: jishii@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host College Band Directors North Central Division Conference

Omaha - In 2006, it was Northwestern University. In 2007, the University of Michigan. And in 2008, it will be the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) hosting the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) professional conference Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15.

The annual event attracts collegiate concert bands to present special performances that will include the premier of new works and feature guest soloists and conductors. Composers from America and England whose new works will be premiered will attend, along with guest conductors from the Baltic States. Also, outstanding collegiate student musicians from throughout the north central United States chosen for the Intercollegiate Band will gather under the baton of distinguished Indiana University guest conductor Ray Cramer to rehearse and perform.

The conference will feature concerts by a variety of performing groups and conductors from regional universities, including Drake University, Western Illinois University and Northwestern University, and will conclude with a special concert by the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command Heartland of America Concert Band. Conductors, graduate students and other wind band professionals from the Midwest area will meet at UNO to participate in workshops, presentations, clinic sessions, and, of course, the special concert performances. All concert performances are free and open to the public and will be held in UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center.

“There will be outstanding music performers, composers, soloists and conductors on campus during the conference,” said James Saker, UNO professor of music and director of bands. Saker is serving as conference coordinator. “The community can attend any of the concerts free of charge and enjoy great performances and hear some of the finest new and traditional wind band music.”

The scheduled performances:

March 13

3 p.m., Drake University, Wind Symphony, conductor: Robert Meunier

7:15 p.m., Western Illinois University, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conductor: Mike Fansler

8:30 p.m., UNO, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conductor: James Saker

March 14

1:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conductor: Matthew George

4:30 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wind Symphony, conductor: Richard Mark Heidel

8 p.m., Northwestern University, Symphonic Band, conductor: Ryan T. Nelson

March 15

2:30 p.m., Lawrence University, Wind Ensemble, conductor: Andrew Mast

4 p.m., CBDNA Intercollegiate Band, guest conductor: Ray Cramer

8 p.m., Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band, Commander and conductor: Captain Michael Willen; Deputy Commander and associate conductor: Lt. Michael D. Hoerber

For more information, call (402) 554-3352.

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