Current and Past Conductors
The Blue Band will be under the direction of clinician Mr. Larry Clark. Music by Larry Clark (b. 1963) is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country. Besides his abilities as a composer Larry serves as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief for Carl Fischer Music. In this capacity he oversees all publications in all genres for this esteemed music publisher. However, his main focus is on selecting, editing and producing concert band and string orchestra music for the company. He travels the world representing Carl Fischer Music doing clinic/workshops and guest conducting appearances. His background as a former middle school and university band director at Syracuse University, combined with his composing and editing, have placed Larry at the forefront of music for school ensembles. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Florida State University and Masters Degrees in Conducting and Composition from James Madison University in Virginia. For more information about the music of Larry Clark, visit his website www.larryclarkmusic.com
The Red Band will be under the direction of clinician Dr. Martin Burgee. Martin J. Bergee is Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Music at the University of Kansas, his alma mater. He taught high school and middle school bands in St. Joseph, Missouri. A sought-after clinician, Dr. Bergee has conducted and rehearsed bands on two continents and in two languages. Dr. Bergee’s highest distinction as a conductor has been leading a performance of the Symphonic Band of the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in the Theato da Paz, northern Brazil’s most prestigious concert hall. His research interests center on music performance assessment and music teacher education.
Robert E. Foster
Lt. Col. Allen Bonner
Mathew O. Smith