Thursday, July 2, 2020

Winners: BANDS / WIND ENSEMBLES, 2019-20


The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, honorable mentions and citation recipient of The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, 2019-20, in all divisions. 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.

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The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, college/university division, 2019-20

The American Prize winner:
UNLV Wind Orchestra 
Thomas G. Leslie   
Las Vegas  NV 

UNLV Wind Orchestra
THE UNLV WIND ORCHESTRA has received international acclaim for its fresh and creative approach to music making. Performing contemporary repertoire in addition to classical masterworks, the Wind Orchestra at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous significant new works by America’s finest young contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre, Wendell Yuponce, Jonathon Newman, Steven  Bryant, and many others. In addition, the Wind Orchestra has recently commissioned and premiered new compositions by landmark American contemporary composers Bruce Broughton, Roger Nixon and James Barnes. Special highlights to past UNLV Wind Orchestra performances showcase many of the world’s finest musicians. Such notables include Brian Bowman, Eric Marienthal, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Houghton, Hideo Sano, Gregg Field, Ted Atkatz, and other fine musicians. The ensemble is comprised of music majors, non-majors and includes select graduate students enrolled in the masters and doctoral performance degree programs at UNLV.


2nd Place:
Texas A&M Kingsville Wind Symphony  
Scott Jones               
Kingsville  TX

Texas A&M Kingsville Wind Symphony  
Comprised of 60 talented musicians from South Texas, the Wind Symphony is the premiere concert band at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Directed by Dr. Scott Anthony Jones, the Wind Symphony maintains a highly active annual performance schedule of five to six concerts, regular collaborations with composers, and serves as host ensemble to the winners of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Music Department Concerto and Conducting Competitions. The ensemble is also committed serving the region through concert tours, clinics, and its High School Invitational Concert series. Since 2014, the Wind Symphony has performed off-campus for over 40 public schools and more than 10,000 students, educators and families.

This distinguished ensemble has been recognized for its outstanding performances at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 1993, 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2019, and at the 2002 College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference in Houston. In recent years, the ensemble has developed a tradition of commissioning new works by composers such as Joseph Schwantner, Frank Ticheli, James Syler, Zhou Tian, Jess Langston Turner, Roy Magnuson, and others.


3rd Place:
Liberty University Wind Symphony      
Stephen Kerr
Lynchburg  VA

Liberty University Wind Symphony     
The Liberty University Wind Symphony, Liberty’s premier wind band, is a select instrumental ensemble comprised entirely of musically advanced residential students. Repertoire includes original and transcribed exceptional wind symphony works from all eras, including exploration of new sounds and rhythms by contemporary composers.  Directed by Dr. Stephen Kerr, this fabulous ensemble has enjoyed critical acclaim from audiences, composers, and peer review.  Each year, the Wind Symphony records an album, performs at least 8 times on campus, and travels on an extensive spring tour, where they perform multiple concerts at a variety of prestigious venues, including multiple performances at the CBDNA Southern Division Conferences.  The Wind Symphony is proud to perform advanced works from the finest composers writing for wind bands, including John Mackey, Steven Bryant, Philip Sparke, David Maslanka, Mason Bates, and many others.  In addition, the Wind Symphony regularly participates in commissions of new works for wind band.


The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, community band division, 2019-20

The American Prize winner: 
Boulder Concert Band
Kenneth Singleton               
Boulder  CO

Boulder Concert Band
The first records of a performing band in the city of Boulder, Colorado, date back to 1870. The ICC Silver Cornet Band, as it was known, performed weekly concerts in the pioneer town of Boulder. In the spring of 1897 a larger band organization was formed. This group, called the Boulder Band, was said to be the best organization of its type in Colorado. Several decades later, the Boulder Municipal Band was formed and was the first to include women musicians.

The Boulder Concert Band as we know it today was reorganized in 1976 by the late Hugh McMillen, former Director of Bands at the University of Colorado. Considered to be one of the premier adult community bands in the state, the current organization has more than 60 volunteer musicians. Its members are from the business, professional, and educational communities in the Boulder County and Denver metro area.


2nd Place:
Connecticut Flute Orchestra          
Nadya Potemkina            
Middletown  CT

Connecticut Flute Orchestra          
The Connecticut Flute Orchestra (CTFO), founded in 2016 by a handful of enthusiastic flute players, is a collective of professional flutists that celebrates the rich culture of our state with the unique sound palette, ambitious and engaging repertoire, and diversity of a multi-flute orchestra that features piccolo, E-flat flute, C flute, as well as alto, bass, contrabass, and sub-contrabass flutes. CTFO members greatly enjoy negotiating exciting musical challenges together in a supportive and nurturing environment, and strive to make a difference in their communities by providing unique, inspiring musical and educational experiences suitable for listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.


3rd Place:
The Allentown Band 
Ronald Demkee      
Allentown  PA

The Allentown Band 
Since its first performance on July 4, 1828, Allentown Band’s venerable existence is a testament to the value the community has placed upon its contributions to the arts, culture and education.  Celebrating 190 years of service in 2018, the band has broadened its impact and reach through increased concert programming and extensive concert repertoire. Presenting 45+ stellar concerts annually with national and regional guest artists the band additionally offers high-quality youth educational opportunities reaching more than 14 regional school districts.  As a charitable organization the band presents unparalleled music experiences for all ages with performance level concerts like those performed by the premier U.S. military service bands in Washington DC and major symphony orchestras.  Band members are highly engaged in the success of the organization. Membership represents diverse occupations that include: doctors, dentists, banking personnel, educators, administrators, private business owners and accountants, all who value musicianship and stellar artistic standards.
 


The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, high school band division, 2019-20

The American Prize winner:
Cuthbertson Blue Note Winds         
Todd Ebert                
Waxhaw   NC

Cuthbertson Blue Note Winds         
Cuthbertson High School opened in 2009.  The instrumental program challenges students to pursue a musical journey of excellence.   In its tenth year, the band has grown from 29 students to over 160 today and houses three band classes including the nationally recognized Blue note Winds.

The Blue Note Winds Performances include NCMEA State Convention in 2012 and 2015.  The Percy Grainger Festival in 2014.  A Featured Band at the Music for All National Band Festival in 2015 and 2018.  The MFA Southeast Regional in 2017.  The University of Georgia and South Carolina Band Festivals, and as one of two bands selected as a North Carolina Honors Band at Highpoint University.

Cuthbertson has won the Southeast division award for the National Band Associations Blue Ribbon of Excellence and a Merit winner for 5 years with the NAMM foundation.  The Band received a residency with the John Lennon Tour Bus In 2017.


2nd Place:
Rivera Wind Ensemble
Alex R. Torres               
Brownsville  TX

Rivera Wind Ensemble
The Rivera High School Wind Ensemble serves as the Flagship ensemble for the Rivera Raider Band program. Located in the city of Brownsville at the very southern tip of Texas, the Rivera Band is proud to contribute to the incredible depth of musical culture found within the high school programs of the city. The Rivera Raider Band consistently receives Division I ratings in both UIL Marching and Concert evaluations in addition to strong representation at TMEA Region, Area and State contests of individual competition. Under the recent direction of Alex R. Torres the band has put together some of the most accomplished concert programs in the history of the program, gaining both local and regional attention.


3rd Place:

James Bowie Wind Symphony            
Rumaldo Solis                
Arlington TX
           
James Bowie Wind Symphony            
The James Bowie Wind Symphony is a premiere group at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. The Wind Symphony has been a featured performer at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. The Wind Symphony has been selected as a National Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence Project and is a consistent 1st division award winner at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight reading contest.  Through a broad range of repertoire, the students are challenged and committed to achieve excellence and artistry at a high level. 




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