SC State’s Department of Bands to Host Third Annual Honor’s Band Clinic

Saturday, April 13, 2013

SC State University’s Band Department will host its third annual Honor Band Clinic on Thursday, April 11, 2013 through Saturday, April 13, 2013. The clinic will conclude with a concert finale on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium on the campus of SC State University. This year’s honor band clinicians will be Dr. Reginald M. Houze and Dr. Quintus F. Wrighten, Jr.

Houze has experience and education conducting ensembles of all types: choral, instrumental, sacred, secular, in the concert hall, for stage and screen. Prior to coming to Memphis, Tenn., Houze was conductor of the wind ensemble at Tarleton State University located in Texas and previously served on the music faculties at Clemson University and the University of Southern Mississippi. A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Houze began conducting ensembles when he was in elementary school. Later he co-founded and was music director conductor of the Hattiesburg Junior Pops Orchestra, a city-government funded organization that served a tri-county area.

Houze holds music degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss. and New York University, New York, NY. In 2005, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina. He has done additional conducting study in master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Hartt School of Music. Mentors and teachers include Thomas V. Fraschillo, Jerry Junkin, Donald Hunsberger, William J. Moody, and Timothy Koch.

Recent successful collaborations include concerts with Christopher Johnson, organist at New York City’s Riverside Church and Douglas Yeo, principal bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony. In 2010, Houze made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in a concert by The Overton Wind Ensemble featuring Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum. A frequent guest conductor and adjudicator of ensembles around the country, he is a member of The Conductors Guild, Inc. and the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Quintus F. Wrighten, Jr., will also serve as a clinician during the annual Honor Band Clinic.

Wrighten is the director of Bands at Cane Bay Middle School and assistant band director at Cane Bay High School. He conducts the middle school’s wind symphony and beginning bands. He also serves as the high brass and visual consultant for the high school marching band, and is responsible for all facets of instrumental music education at the middle school. Wrighten recently served as the director of Bands at Blythewood Middle School, assistant director of Bands at Blythewood High School, and fine arts liaison to the feeder elementary schools to Blythewood Middle School in South Carolina. He was a regular guest conductor of the high school wind ensemble, with whom he conducted a performance at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference (SCMEAC) in 2009.

Before joining the Cane Bay Middle School faculty, Wrighten was the associate director of Bands at the University of Memphis, Tenn., directing The Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, conducting the Symphonic Band, and teaching courses in undergraduate conducting and instrumental materials and methods. As a doctoral wind conducting associate and Sidney McKay Fellow, he studied with Kraig Alan Williams in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He received a Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Wind Conducting in 2006 from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. At both universities, he served as a graduate assistant, instructing the marching band, guest-lecturing music education courses in administration and undergraduate conducting, and guest conducting each of the concert ensembles. A native of New London, Conn., by way of Sumter, S.C. Wrighten holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, where he received the Tau Beta Sigma Leadership Award and was named a University Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Wrighten remains active across the southeast and southwest as an adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. He has conducted honor bands and adjudicated ensembles in several states, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.

Wrighten is a member of College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, and the South Carolina Band Directors Association. He also holds honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is a producer on a CD of Eric Ewazen’s compositions, Southern Landscapes, recorded by the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble.

More than ten middle school and high school bands in the state of South Carolina will participate in the annual Honor Band Clinic.

They are the following: Clark Middle School, Howard Middle School, Allendale Middle School, Whale Branch Middle School and Dillon Middle School. The following high schools will also be visiting SC State University for the two day clinic; Dillon High School, Darlington High School, Wilson High School, Lincoln County High School – Georgia, Branchville Hilda High School, Lower Richland High School, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Whale Branch High School, Keenan High School, Manning High School, Calhoun County High School and Bethune-Bowman High School.