All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.
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The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance
The American Prize winner:
SOUTHERN TIER CONCERT BAND
Robin Linaberry, director
|Southern Tier Concert Band|
Among judges' comments: "dexterity and brilliance...and the adventuresome presentation of new and challenging works..."
HOT SPRINGS CONCERT BAND
Craig V. Hamilton, director
Hot Springs National Park AR
|Hot Springs Concert Band|
The HSCB performs four indoor and eight outdoor concerts annually; audience sizes range from 650 (indoor and formal) to 1,500 (outdoor and informal in Hot Springs National Park) for these concerts. Each 90-minute concert has a theme, and the music is selected accordingly. The HSCB earned the coveted Hot Springs’ “Tourism Organization of the Year” award.
The HSCB has commissioned three pieces, performed at two U.S. Naturalization ceremonies, played for Hot Springs National Park’s 175th anniversary, and hosted three national band conventions; it also sponsors a bi-annual national composition competition and an annual student scholarship program.
Among judges' comments: "...polished and tight in sound and presentation of their works..."
The Los Alamos Community Winds
Ted Vives, conductor
Los Alamos NM
|Los Alamos Community Winds|
Among our goals are:
1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.
2. To promote public awareness of the importance of music.
3. To instill and sustain the American heritage of concert band music.
4. To provide student musicians with a good representation and model of ensemble performance.
Among judges' comments: "...brilliance in programming serious works alongside lighter fare and allowing such musical juxtaposition to keep the audience's ears alert and entertained at all times..."