An NBC affiliate news program recently profiled two students from Knoxville-area’s Carter High School who have been invited to travel to New York to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An NBC affiliate news program recently profiled two students from Knoxville-area’s Carter High School who have been invited to travel to New York to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Percussionist Ben McCurry and Andrew Chunn will both be participating in Macy’s Great American Marching Band after sending audition videos to the organization earlier this year.  The Great American Marching Band typically includes over 180 musicians from across the country, along with a full compliment of flags and dancers.

Watch the full report at WBIR Knoxville’s website.

American classical composer Elliott Carter, whose career spanned several eras of music throughout the world with challenging, rhythmically complex works, died Monday at age 103.American classical composer Elliott Carter, whose career spanned several eras of music throughout the world with challenging, rhythmically complex works, died Monday at age 103. His music publishing company, Boosey & Hawkes, called him an "iconic American composer." Indeed, the lifelong musician earned the respect of generation after generation of contemporaries (along with two Pulitzers). In 2002, The New York Times said his string quartets were among "the most difficult music ever conceived," and it hailed their "volatile emotions, delicacy and even, in places, plucky humor."

Beltsville, Maryland’s Kathy Rodeffer is being honored this week for her 34 years in instrumental music education across Prince George’s County.Beltsville, Maryland’s Kathy Rodeffer is being honored this week for her 34 years in instrumental music education across Prince George’s County. The retiring teacher will have the music wing at the city of Landover’s Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts School named in her honor. Rodeffer taught at several elementary schools since her start in education in 1978, including stops at Bowie’s Samuel Ogle Middle School and Temple Hills’ Crossland High School before coming to Pullen in 1989.She went on to become instrumental music supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in 1998.

Read more at Maryland’s Gazette.net.

SBO magazine is preparing for its annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. SBO magazine is preparing for its annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.  Any music educators who will be attending the NAMM show and are interested in participating in the presentation – which highlights the best music products and accessories for classroom and school use from the extensive offerings found on the music trade convention floor – should reach out directly to SBO editor Eliahu Sussman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> for more information.  The 2013 NAMM Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 24-27, 2013. The NAMM Foundation’s educator-focused Music Education Days events will be held Jan 26-27, and the Best Tools for Schools presentation is slated for Sunday, Jan 27.

Visit www.sbomagazine.com/resources/tools-for-schools/ for more details.

The NAMM Foundation kicked off the highly regarded Best Communities for Music Education survey on Thursday’s SupportMusic teleconference and webinar. The NAMM Foundation kicked off the highly regarded Best Communities for Music Education survey on Thursday’s SupportMusic teleconference and webinar. SupportMusic’s monthly event was live from Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, the premier high school marching band competition, on Thursday at 10 a.m. PST. The Best Communities program recognizes and honors schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of music education as part of the core curriculum.

www.nammfoundation.org

The Berklee City Music Network in partnership with Stax Music Academy has announced its second annual Network conference, “American Popular Music: The Untold Story.” The Berklee City Music Network in partnership with Stax Music Academy has announced its second annual Network conference, “American Popular Music: The Untold Story.” The conference, attended by music educators and activists from across the country, centers around bringing access to state of the art music education to students in underserved communities. The three-day event, to be held in Memphis, Tenn., will highlight expert speakers in the field of music education including musician and songwriter, Dr. George Clinton. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic will present on a panel and host a free, open-to-the-public master class with the Stax Music Academy ensemble.

Music educators, administrators, and press are encouraged to register: American Popular Music: The Untold Story Monday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Westin Memphis Beale Street Memphis, Tennessee

Registration deadline for the conference is Friday, October 19. For a full schedule and conference details, visit: berkleecitymusicnetwork.org/bcmnconference2012.

The Ohio State University Marching Band wowed audiences (perhaps besting nearby Ohio University’s recent “Gangnam Style” show) with YouTube-conquering video game tribute halftime show last Saturday in Columbus.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sAzzbrFgcUw

The Ohio State University Marching Band wowed audiences (perhaps besting nearby Ohio University’s recent “Gangnam Style” show) with YouTube-conquering video game tribute halftime show last Saturday in Columbus. The show featured elaborate marching schemes forming pixel-perfect nods to Mario Bros., Tetris, Zelda and more.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the show required 14 hours of practice time for the band’s 225 members, though the idea itself was five years in the making. Perhaps the highest compliment came when the band received a congratulatory note from the band director of archrival Michigan University.

Read the full story at the Plain Dealer.

The first ever MUSICWOMEN Conference is now accepting proposals for its premier event in October of 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The first ever MUSICWOMEN Conference is now accepting proposals for its premier event in October of 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The mission of the conference is to increase the profile of the presenting organizations that are dedicated to the promotion of the music of women, globally. Performers and panelists must be a member-in-good-standing of one of the presenting organizations. The group welcomes partnerships, submission of compositions to be performed, and papers to be presented.

Women in Jazz South Florida hosts the event along with South Florida Symphony, Women in Jazz Austin Texas, Instrumental Women Pasadena California, The Many Colors of a Woman Connecticut, and International Women in Jazz New York. Early registration of $250 runs from October 9 to January 8, 2013.

www.wijsf.com/conference.htm

Flutist and new-music trailblazer Claire Chase ’01 has been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which carries a $500,000 award dispersed over the next five years.Flutist and new-music trailblazer Claire Chase ’01 has been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which carries a $500,000 award dispersed over the next five years. Commonly known as “genius grants,” the MacArthur Foundation’s annual awards support “exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work.”

Chase is a 2001 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music. That year, she co-founded the revolutionary International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Chicago. Chase has focused on opening new avenues of artistic expression for the 21st–century musician, as well as providing students in public schools whose music programs have been cut with innovative music education programs.

www.iceorg.org

The 2012 Percussive Arts Society Industry Awards class represents five individuals and one international chapter, each of whom has developed important careers and service to not only PAS, but the percussion world as a whole. The 2012 Percussive Arts Society Industry Awards class represents five individuals and one international chapter, each of whom has developed important careers and service to not only PAS, but the percussion world as a whole.

The Outstanding PAS Service Award went to Kathleen Kastner, professor of Music at Wheaton College who has served PAS in roles including PAS Board of Directors, Scholarly Research Committee Chair, associate research editor for Percussive Notes, and more. The Outstanding PAS Supporter Award went to Christopher Smith, a drummer and Senior Product analyst for FinishMaster, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as PASIC volunteer coordinator.

The PAS President’s Industry Award recipient is Dave Black, who has been the director of Percussion Acquisitions at Alfred Music Publishing over the past 27 years and has received two Grammy nomination certificates and over 20 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards. The Outstanding PAS Chapter Award goes to the PAS Australia Chapter. Finally, the Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was given to Marty Hurley and Alan Shinn. Hurley served most notably as instructor and arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as director of bands at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans from 1974 until his death in 2011. Shinn’s work as an educator and performer has spanned over 30 years, with the majority of those years spent teaching at Texas Tech University. Currently serving as principal timpanist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Shinn has always maintained an active performing schedule providing students with a ‘working musician role model.’ The recipients will be honored in an awards presentation during PASIC 2012 on Friday, November 2 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center. www.pas.org

 


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