Thursday, December 17, 2015


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2015. Congratulations!

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 Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2015, college/university division:

The American Prize winner: 
Illinois State Univ. Wind Symphony 
Dr Martin H. Seggelke, director
Normal, IL

Illinois State Univ. Wind Symphony
The Wind Symphony, ISU's premier wind band, is known nationally and internationally as one of the leading collegiate wind ensembles in North America. Conducted by Dr. Martin H. Seggelke, this select group of the finest instrumentalists at Illinois State University has been praised for its professional performance quality by audiences, composers, and critics. In addition to at least 8 performances of standard and newly composed works from the wind band literature, on the ISU campus each year, the Wind Symphony records annually and tours regularly. The Wind Symphony has been a featured performing ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Convention, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The Wind Symphony is proud to have enjoyed close relationships with the finest composers writing for wind bands, including David Maslanka, Karel Husa, Michael Colgrass, and many others.

2nd Place:
Baylor University Wind Ensemble
Eric Wilson, director
Waco, TX
Baylor University Wind Ensemble
The Baylor Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band of the Baylor University School of Music and has been praised as “one of the flagship programs in the nation.” Performances at previous state and national conferences—including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and The Midwest Clinic—were characterized as “nothing short of spectacular” and “representing the best in wind band performance.”

Since 2006, more than thirty collaborations with guest composers, conductors, and performers have provided compelling perspectives and inspiring interactions for Baylor students and faculty. Graduates of the Baylor Wind Ensemble hold distinguished teaching positions at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels.

Additionally, former members of the group have secured appointments in orchestras around the world, as well as in leading military bands of the armed services. 
To find recordings, photos, and event announcements, follow the Baylor University Wind Ensemble on Facebook.

3rd Place:
The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
David Vickerman, director 
Ewing, NJ
The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind band at The College of New Jersey. This auditioned ensemble is made up primarily of music majors. In addition to a full season of concerts on campus, the Wind Ensemble has performed across the state and also at numerous conferences including NJMEA and CBDNA Eastern Division. In the three years that Dr. Vickerman has led the Wind Ensemble, projects have included: new music reading sessions, working with composer Viet Cuong, two world premieres, a performance of Karel Husa’s Music for Prague that showcased the work of documentary photographer Josef Koudelka and a concert featuring compositions that explored issues of social justice paired with historical photography from the Civil Rights Era, amongst many others.

The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2015, community/school division:
The American Prize winner: 
Cleveland Winds
Birch P. Browning, director
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Winds
The Cleveland Winds is a professional-quality community wind ensemble based at Cleveland State University. The ensemble roster includes many of the best musicians in the Cleveland area, including professional performers, music educators, and exceptional amateur musicians. The Cleveland Winds provides world-class performances for the sophisticated music audience in Northeast Ohio. Repertoire for the ensemble includes only the finest original works and transcriptions for contemporary wind band. See for more information.

The Music Director of the Cleveland Winds is Dr. Birch Browning, Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University. Dr. Browning taught high school band and orchestra in Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University in 2002. Dr. Browning previously taught at Stetson University and FSU. Dr. Browning’s forthcoming book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, will be published by Oxford University Press.

2nd Place:
Quincy Concert Band
Trent A. Hollinger, director
Quincy, IL
Quincy Concert Band
Serving the Quincy, Illinois community since 1982, the Quincy Concert Band is a volunteer organization comprised of adult musicians from the greater Quincy area.  The dedication and determination of many are responsible for the continued growth and success of the band. The very existence of this organization is one of the “quality of life” factors that set Quincy apart from so many communities. Band members range from music educators and professionals to adults who have not played their instrument for years but have returned and regained the joy of playing.  The band is open to any adult who has a desire to play their instrument.  The band’s motto remains “A Richer, Fuller Life through Music!”

3rd Place:
Metropolitan Wind SymphonyLewis J. Buckley, director
Boston, MA
Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Founded in 1971, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony comprises 55 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. The MWS makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Boston community by providing its audiences with high quality concerts and its members with opportunities for musical growth.

The MWS presents formal performances of traditional and contemporary wind band literature, as well as informal pops concerts. Members travel to rehearsals from over thirty communities in Massachusetts and neighboring states. All volunteers, they pursue careers in education, high technology, medicine, law, music, and public health.

The MWS has commissioned 26 works for wind band since 1982; many have been published and performed by other bands worldwide.

The Boston Festival of Bands, founded in 1989 by the MWS and celebrated annually at historic Faneuil Hall, includes performances by bands from throughout the Northeast.

Visit MWS @

Parkview High School Symphonic Band
Jason Atha, director
Lilburn, GA
Parkview High School Symphonic Band
Founded in 1978, The Parkview Symphonic Band located near Atlanta, Georgia offers an academically rigorous and musically enriching course of study for the students at Parkview High School .The Parkview Symphonic Band was extremely competitive on the National Adjudicators Invitational (NAI) circuit, participating in numerous regional NAI events throughout the southeast.  In 2005 after three prior appearances, the Parkview Symphonic Band was awarded the “Band of Distinction” at the Grand NAI Invited Festival in Washington D.C. Recently the band was invited to play at the Music for All Southeastern Concert Festival at Georgia State University. The Parkview Symphonic Band is one of five schools in Georgia and 74 across the country to be awarded the coveted John Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor and the ensemble has been placed on the “Historic Roll of Honor of Distinguished High School Concert Bands”.



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