Florida State University’s Professor of Music to Conduct the 12th Annual SC Collegiate Honor Band

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Richard Clary, professor of MusicSC State University, in conjunction with the South Carolina Component of College Band Director’s National Association (CBDNA), presents “The 12th Annual SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic.”

The clinic will begin on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, and will close with a concert on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. The concert will be free and open to the public, and will be held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium located on the campus of SC State.

CBDNA is devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium. CBDNA is an inclusive organization whose members are engaged in continuous dialogue encompassing myriad philosophies and professional practices.

This year’s clinician for the SC Collegiate Honor Band will be Richard Clary, professor of Music, senior band conductor and director of Wind Ensemble Studies at Florida State University (FSU). His primary duties include serving as music director and conductor of the University Wind Orchestra and the FSU Chamber Winds. Clary also teaches graduate-level conducting and wind literature courses.

Previously, Clary served ten years as director of Bands at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. During his tenure in Lexington, the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble earned a national reputation for excellence through several acclaimed performances for prestigious musical events, such as the 1997 and 2003 National Conferences of the College Band Director’s National Association.

An active clinician and guest conductor, Clary has served in several capacities throughout the United States and Canada. He holds active memberships in The National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Education Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Clary is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Clary holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. He is also a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wa.

Clary will work with student musicians who are selected by their individual schools on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 and Friday, Jan.22, 2010. The student members of the SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic will encompass every college and university in the state of South Carolina. This year, nine students were chosen from SC State to participate in the SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic.

Latron Hunter, a senior music education major at SC State, is ecstatic about the opportunity. “This is the second time I have performed with the SC Collegiate Honor Band, and it is a great opportunity for students to experience various styles, techniques and different levels of music. During this performance, students will be able to get a glimpse of other university’s backgrounds and what type of music they play,” states Hunter.

Hunter’s peer, Edvige Mbakoup, agrees. “I am honored to represent SC State in the SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic,” said Edvige Mbakoup, a junior biology major at SC State. Being selected to participate in the highest level musically in the state of South Carolina is an absolute honor. I am currently preparing myself for the challenge,” she continued.

Eddie Ellis, director of Bands for SC State, accepts that challenge. “Music education and performance is a commitment of the CBDNA. The SC Collegiate Honor Band has been in existence for 12 years. I feel deeply honored that the selection committee chose SC State for this year’s clinic,” says Ellis. “The entire University should be proud of our students selected for this year’s band and should make plans to attend the concert on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. The state of South Carolina, via its colleges and universities, has made a commitment to music education. The SC Collegiate Honor Band is an example of that commitment,” says Ellis.

The following SC State University students were selected to participate in this year’s SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic:

Alonza Julien, Leah Taylor, Stephon Miller, Gervan Adan, Monique McGowan, Edvige Mbakoup, Darius Davis, Latrondrick Hunter and Irving Stegall.

Two days of clinic involvement will prepare students for the concert on Saturday, Jan.23, 2010. During this event, the audience will get a glimpse of classical music, composed by some of the best music arrangers in the world.

For additional information about the “The 12th Annual SC Collegiate Honor Band Clinic,” contact Eddie Ellis at (803) 536-8570 or (803)533-3691.