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The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance
The American Prize winner:
Kennesaw State Univ. Wind Ensemble David Thomas Kehler, director—Kennesaw, GA
|Kennesaw State Univ. Wind Ensemble|
Among judges' comments: "Great brass sound. Good pitch and style. This is a very well rehearsed group. All sections have excellent tone, including percussion. Precise ensemble throughout."
Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble Stephen Meyer, director—League City, TX
|Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble|
Among judges' comments: "...it is a very good performance...one of the top HS Wind Ensembles in the country, I would venture to say. Overall score 90."
Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble Teren Shaffer, director—Santa Ana, CA
|Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble|
Among judges comments: "Excellent energy and ensemble...quite a good group. Appropriate rep was performed and done well."
The American Prize in Conducting—Band/Wind Ensemble division
The American Prize winner:
Christopher Unger Eastman Wind Ensemble/Eastman Wind Orchestra Rochester, NY
Among judges' comments: "Good stick and energy. Good ensemble playing. Lovely hands and well shaped phrases."
Thanapol Setabrahmana CCM Wind Studies Cincinnati, OH
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Thanapol Setabrahmana holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Mahidol University, Thailand. He has been invited to participate in several international conducting masterclasses and performances in Europe and the United States. He has worked with several conducting pedagogues such as Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Leonid Kochmar, Donato Renzetti, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Gibson, Neil Varon, and Donald Schleicher among others.
While studying in Thailand, Thanapol conducted Mahidol University Symphonic Band, Mahidol University Symphony Orchestra, Mahidol Young Artists Band, Assumption College Band, and ad hoc new music ensembles.
Thanapol is currently a doctoral conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he regularly conducts ensembles under CCM Winds Studies, including CCM Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Chamber Players. He also guest conducts CCM Brass Choir and Cafè MoMus Contemporary Ensemble. His mentors include Christopher Hughes, Charles Peltz, and Glenn D. Price.
Among judges comments: "...this is a first class musician. Good control over his scores and very solid technique."
Joel Bein High Desert Winds Santa Fe, NM
Among judges comments: "Very solid pulse. Clear stick. Tempo changes handled well."
***Congratulations to all winners and runners-up.