Posting Date: March 9, 2011

Kennesaw State to host inaugural High School Band Invitational

Event provides valuable experience and professional feedback

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University School of Music will host its inaugural High School Band Invitational on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. For the event, 11 high school bands from throughout the state will be attending.

The non-competitive invitational will provide a venue for the bands to perform in front of faculty and their peers and receive feedback. According to David Kehler, director of bands at KSU and coordinator of the workshop, this will also give the bands a chance to perform in a high-quality performance hall. Kehler explains, “Unfortunately, high school bands don’t get a chance to perform in great halls and this will be a chance for them to come in and do that.”

During the workshop, the bands will perform their repertoire in front of four faculty members, who will then provide feedback. The university faculty members will be Cody Blackwell, director of bands at the University of Kentucky and three faculty members from KSU: Jennifer Marotta, artist-in-residence in trumpet; John Lawless, director of percussion studies; and Sam Skelton, director of jazz studies.

In addition, John Culvahouse, KSU professor of instrumental music education, along with Kehler, will direct a workshop for conductors. At the end of the workshop, each band will receive a tape of their adjudicator’s comments, a DVD for the conductors and a professional recording of their performance.

The 11 bands attending are: Appling County High School, Buford High School, Collins Hill High School, Lakeside High School, Madison County High School, North Forsyth High School, North Gwinnett High School, Pope High School, Stephenson High School, West Forsyth High School and Winder Barrow High School. Each band will also be assigned a KSU music student who will remain with them all day and serve as guides.

According to Kehler, this will serve as an excellent opportunitity for local high school bands to experience non-competitive feedback in the wonderful performance hall of the KSU School of Music. The clinic is free and open to the public.                         

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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