Renowned Clinicians to Host Band Directors, Honor Band and Jazz Band Clinic

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SC State University’s Zeta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi presents the Band Directors, Honor Band and Jazz Band Clinic featuring renowned clinician, Dr. Peter Boonshaft. The clinic will be held today, Thursday, April 7, 2011, through Sunday, April 10, 2011. This event will take place at various sites on the campus of SC State University. SC State’s honor band and jazz band participants will experience educational and musical learning from nationally acclaimed guest clinicians during this event. The three-day event includes one large symphonic ensemble, jazz ensemble, sectional rehearsals and master classes with SC State’s studio faculty of the Department of Music (DOM).

All participants are offered opportunities to visit the Orangeburg area and gain a sense of the University's atmosphere. Clinician sessions are offered by the honor band directors as well as guest representatives from Conn-Selmer Institute. Clinicians to appear during the Band Directors, Honor Band and Jazz Band Clinic are Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Sumner Smith and Richard Wright, Jr. A professional recording will be made available for an additional fee with clinicians from across the globe.

Dr. Peter Boonshaft is called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today. Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. He is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books, “Teaching Music with Passion,” “Teaching Music with Purpose” and “Teaching Music with Promise.” He is also the author of “Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise,” a book for all educators. The book was released in 2010. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., where he is the professor of music and the director of the Graduate Conducting Program.

Boonshaft has received official proclamations from the governors of five states and a certificate of appreciation from former President Ronald Reagan. He has also performed for former President George Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton and for Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. His honors also include being selected three times as a National Endowment for the Arts "Artist in Residence.”

Extremely active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker for conferences, festivals, concerts and workshops nationally and internationally, he has guest conducted The National Association for Music Education (MENC) All-Eastern Band, MENC All-Northwest Band, MENC All-Eastern Directors Band and Goldman Memorial Band. He was also named conductor of the MENC National High School Honors Band for the National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Sumner Smith will also present during the Band Directors, Honor Band and Jazz Band Clinic held at the University. He is a native of Athens Ga. where he attended Burney Harris High School, also located in Athens, Ga.  He is also a 1971 graduate of Morris Brown College. Smith endured further graduate studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. He was a high school band director for the Atlanta public schools for 35 years, including nine years at Southwest High School, Atlanta, Ga. and 26 years at Benjamin E. Mays High School, Atlanta. Ga.

His performing groups include: marching, concert, jazz band and other instrumental ensembles. During his 35 years of teaching, his symphonic bands received 28 superior ratings, and 26 of those years were consecutive superior ratings in performance and sight reading. In addition, Smith’s concert bands earned 18 superior and six excellent ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). Smith has been an active member and participant in the GMEA and the Music Educators National Conference for the past 37 years. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu Georgia and National Band Directors Fraternity. He has served as the district performance evaluation chairman, district and state band adjudicator, marching band adjudicator, solo and ensemble adjudicator and on the GMEA in-service conference panels. Smith has taught staff development courses in computer music technology and instrumental planning for Atlanta’s public school system.

Clinician Reginald A. Wright Jr. will also present this year. Wright is a native of Darlington, S.C. In 1968, Wright graduated with honors from C.A. Brown High School in Charleston, S.C. In fall 1969, he became a member of the Xi Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at SC State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education (instrumental) in 1972. He furthered his education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. He received a Master of Instrumental Music at the National – Lewis University and VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, Ill.  In 1986, he relocated to Chicago, Ill.  and worked as a music educator for District 88 schools in Bellwood, Ill. Wright arrived at Proviso East High School, Maywood, Ill in 1993, where he initially inherited a band of 17 members.

During his tenure, the Proviso East High School Marching Band has grown in excellence as well as in numbers. To date, the band has over 100 members. In addition, he is a clinician, teacher, performer and adjudicator for bands throughout the East, Midwest and South. In 2005, District 209 entrusted him with the direction of a district band known as the Proviso Township High School Band. This band is comprised of students that attend Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School located in Maywood, Ill. which collectively has a membership of approximately 300 students. The band performs for special community events, parades and college bowl games. Over the years, Wright has received many awards including the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Award, the VanderCook College of Music Outstanding Service to Music Education Award and the Maywood Park District Community Spirit Award. Wright is a dedicated educator with over 35 years of service.

Students interested in participating in the clinic can register at the price of $25. Band directors wishing to participate in the two-day workshop/clinic with Boonshaft will pay $75. Any interested students will be able to pay $30 on-site and interested directors will pay $100. All payments are non-refundable.

If you have any additional questions, contact Eddie Ellis, director of bands, at (803) 536-8570. Please review the attachment for schedule information.