Thursday, July 12, 2018

WINNING ENSEMBLES: band/wind ensembles, 2017-18


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalists will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—college/university division

The American Prize winner:
Richard Tad Greig
Westminster College Wind Ensemble
New Wilmington PA

Westminster College Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is selected through audition and rehearses three times per week for one hour.  The Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of the most challenging established and new works. This ensemble has received numerous commendations, most notably three guest appearances at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference over the past decade.  The conclusion of these performances was met with immediate standing ovations.  They have also received favorable mention in both recent NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) reviews. The Wind Ensemble also shared international performance tours with the Concert Choir to Spain and Scotland.  Along with their concert performances, the ensemble has accompanied numerous student and faculty soloists and guest artists. The ensemble has also had the privilege of working with notable composer/conductors including: Mark Camphouse, Dennis Fisher, Brian Balmages and Andrew Boysen Jr., to name only a few.  The Wind Ensemble has premiered numerous works and regularly records for area composers, providing recordings to submit to various publishing houses.



The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—youth division

The American Prize winner:
Matthew D. Schlomer
Interlochen Arts Academy Band
Interlochen MI

Interlochen Arts Academy Band
The Interlochen Arts Academy Band presents frequent concerts of unparalleled quality and diversity. Performances feature collaborations with renowned soloists, composers, and artists from all genres. The band appears regularly in live online performances and on public radio.The Academy Band is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats with artists from dance, visual arts, creative writing, theater, film, scientists and the culinary arts. The Interlochen Center for the Arts is dedicated to creating lifelong passion for the arts.



2nd Place:
Bradley Morrison
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
Ossining NY

Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
The Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester (YWEW) is excited to be celebrating its Seventh season! YWEW is an ensemble for highly motivated high school students interested in playing music from the Wind Ensemble/Concert Band literature, based in Ossining, New York. Founded by Bradley Morrison, YWEW is the only ensemble of it's kind in Westchester County. The ensemble is comprised of Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Students from around Westchester County and represents students from over a dozen different area high schools, both public and private. Students rehearse and perform throughout the school year in public performances, as well as various competitions. YWEW has consistently received Superior Ratings as well as numerous 1st place awards. In 2017 the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester was named a finalist in the High School Concert Band Division of the prestigious American Prize competition.

 

The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—high school division

The American Prize winner:
Robert Truan
Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
Decatur GA

Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
This is Robert Truan’s third year as Director of Bands for Decatur High School where he teaches Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, IB Music, and other chamber ensembles.  While at Decatur, his ensembles have won a Grand Championship at the Southern Invitational Music Festival, have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention twice, and have performed at the Cork School of Music in Ireland.  His ensembles have also received straight superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation.  This is the second year Decatur has differentiated its band classes in two groups: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.  After Wind Ensemble’s inaugural year, our recorded submission was selected to headline Music for All’s Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival. Robert Truan is heavily influenced by his wonderful mentors throughout the years: Reid Hall, Richard Brasco, Dr. Tony McCutchen, John Culvahouse, Dr. John P. Lynch, Dr. Laura Moates Stanley, and Jack Jean.  Mr. Truan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia and has a Master’s degree in Music Education.


2nd Place:
Curtis Melton
Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
North Las Vegas NV 


Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
The Legacy High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Curtis Melton, and is the most advanced concert band at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, NV.  The Legacy Band Program was "re-born" in the fall of 2013 after not having a band program at the school for many years.  Since then, the band program has nearly tripled in membership for the upcoming fall of 2017.  The Legacy HS Wind Ensemble has received consistent "Superior" Ratings at festivals/contests since 2013-14.  The band has performed at special engagements throughout Las Vegas, performing for the Mayor, and the grand opening of the Las Vegas IKEA. The marching band also has performed in Los Angeles in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade in 2016 and 2017.  The Legacy HS Band Program offers marching band, three concert bands, a jazz ensemble, a colorguard/winterguard program, and an AP Music Theory class.



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