TCU in New York City

TCU Wind Symphony and TCU Percussion Ensemble

Wednesday, February 23, 2011; 8:00 p.m. (TCU Percussion Ensemble-Merkin Hall)

Thursday, February 24, 2011; 8:00 p.m. (TCU Wind Symphony-Carnegie Hall)

Two of TCU’s award-winning music ensembles, the TCU Wind Symphony and the TCU Percussion Ensemble will present their New York City premieres in February 2011. Under the direction of Bobby Francis, the TCU Wind Symphony has been acknowledged among the nation’s finest through its selection to perform at prestigious conferences like the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), the ABA (American Bandmasters Association), and TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association). The group has commissioned new works by the finest composers of wind band music and has recorded several compact discs. The TCU Percussion Ensemble, led by Brian A. West, was competitively selected by PAS, the Percussive Arts Society, to perform featured concerts at both the 2005 and 2008 international conventions of that organization. The percussion ensemble also has commissioned a number of new works and released them on two compact disc recordings.

(Preview performances at TCU: February 16-17, 2011 (Ed Landreth Auditorium)

 

The Artists

The Texas Christian University Wind Symphony has established itself as one of the outstanding collegiate wind bands in America. The Wind Symphony regularly performs the finest in wind band literature, from the Renaissance masters to the most recent prizewinning composers. The group schedules frequent appearances by guest composers, soloists, and conductors. Recent guests include Michael Colgrass, David Maslanka, John Mackey, Frank Ticheli, James Keene, Gary Green, Tim Reynish, Ray Lichtenwalter, John Whitwell, Christopher Tucker, Eric Rombach-Kendall, Mark Fonder, and Jay Gephart.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Bobby Francis, has a distinguished reputation for critically acclaimed performances and a dedication to commissioning new and exciting works. The Wind Symphony frequently hosts visiting composers in rehearsal and performance, which provides interaction with the creative process that makes music a living art form. The Wind Symphony was recently selected to perform at the 2007 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and also at the 2007 CBDNA Convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 2008 American Bandmasters Association Convention and will perform in Carnegie Hall in Spring 2011.

Graduates of the Wind Symphony have gone on to hold positions in professional symphony orchestras, military bands, and recording studios, in addition to those serving as noted teachers and conductors.

Bobby R. Francis is the Director of Bands at Texas Christian University and the Conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony. Mr. Francis serves as conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the TCU Band program. Mr. Francis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. As a member, he has served as guest conductor of the US Army Band- "The Pershings Own", Frost School of Music - University of Miami Wind Symphony, and the Richardson All-Star Band.

The TCU Wind Symphony recently performed concerts at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio and the College Band Directors National Conference Convention in Houston and in Fort Worth. In recent years, Mr. Francis' ensembles have performed at many national, regional, and state conferences including a performance at the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Athens, Georgia and at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in College-Station, Texas. The TCU Wind Symphony has performed with guest artists such as Patrick Sheridan, Brian Bowman, Allen Vizzutti, Jon Lewis, Joe Eckert, Gary Whitman, and Markus Theinert. His ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and the Bass Hall in Fort Worth.

Mr. Francis has presented several clinics at various conventions and conducting workshops such as the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the Arkansas Tech Band camp/Conducting Symposium. Mr. Francis has conducted research on regional wind band repertoire at the Pannonische Forschungsstelle Kunstuniversität Graz / Expositur Oberschutzen in Oberschutzen, Austria. Mr. Francis is in constant demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and educational advisor across the U.S Mr. Francis has produced six compact disk recordings of his ensembles. Recordings of the TCU Wind Symphony recently have been broadcast on WRR - Dallas-Ft. Worth's Classical Radio station.


The TCU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brian A. West, is dedicated to furthering percussion education and performance by commissioning new works, performing a variety of literature on and off campus, and producing high-quality recordings. The Ensemble is honored to have won both the 2008 and 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions. They enjoyed performing Showcase Concerts at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX (2008) and in Columbus, OH (2005). Both programs included new pieces commissioned by the ensemble. In 2005 the Ensemble performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and released its first CD entitled The Palace of Nine Perfections. Currently there are several composers commissioned to write new pieces for the Ensemble and work is underway for another CD.

TCU has also developed a successful Steel Band program with performances at the 2005 TMEA Convention and many local venues. The marching percussion programs at TCU (Marching Band Drumline, Indoor Drumline, and summer camps) have thrived in recent years. In 2006 the TCU Indoor Drumline placed first at the PAS Marching Percussion Festival winning every caption award they were eligible for.

In order to give students as much performing experience as possible, TCU currently offers two percussion ensembles, two steel bands, two drumlines (marching band and indoor drumline), and many chamber percussion ensembles.

Dr. Brian West is the Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University. At TCU he has developed a program of record numbers that is recognized for excellence in percussion education and performance. Under his direction, the TCU Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a Showcase Concert at the 2008 and the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the 2005 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. Dr. West has also developed a successful steel band program with performances at the 2005 TMEA Convention and many local venues. The marching percussion programs at TCU (Marching Band Drumline, Indoor Drumline, and summer camps) have thrived under his direction. In 2006 the TCU Indoor Drumline placed first at the PAS Marching Percussion Festival.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. West maintains an active performance schedule. In 2004 he performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and taught at the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp. Dr. West has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Brass Ensemble, and the North East Texas Symphony. His recital performances include appearances at Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Texas Christian University, Northwestern State University, the University of Oklahoma, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Texas. Dr. West is also an active composer/arranger who has written music for numerous high schools and universities. He has adjudicated both concert and marching events, such as the 2006 and 2001 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition, the 2006, 2004, 2003, 2001, and 1998 PASIC Marching Percussion Festivals. Dr. West’s clinic presentations include the 2005, 2003, and 2000 PAS International Conventions, the 2005 and 2000 TMEA Conventions, the 1997 Texas Band Masters Association Convention, the 1992 PAS Texas Day of Percussion, and many regional schools and festivals.

Dr. West holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. He is the Executive Producer of three CDs – Escape Velocity, The Palace of Nine Perfections (the TCU Percussion Ensemble) and Phage (the Texas A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble). Dr. West is published by Drop Six Media and works as a clinician/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, and Sabian.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. West was the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he built the percussion studio to a record number of thirty students. Under his direction, the A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a Showcase Concert at PASIC 2000. Dr. West also conducted the A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble at the 2000 TMEA Convention, the 1999 Oklahoma Percussion Festival, and at such venues as the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. In addition to the Percussion Ensemble, he taught the A&M-Commerce Steel Band, Marching Band Drumline and the Indoor Drumline, who placed second at the 2000 PASIC Marching Percussion Festival.

For information, contact the TCU School of Music (817) 257-7640 or

t.parker@tcu.edu
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