27th Annual Invitational Band Festival

Friday, February 2, 2018

Dr. Danielle Gaudry Dr. Danielle Gaudry
Festival Coordinator and Adjudicator

Dr. Ann Porter Dr. Ann Porter
2018 Guest Adjudicator and Clinician

IBF 2017 program cover

California State University East Bay is proud to present the 27th Annual Invitational Band Festival (IBF) on Friday, February 2, 2018 in the CSUEB University Theatre. A high quality and unique festival experience for your students, the IBF is a valuable educational event for both participants and observers. This year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Ann Porter (Professor of Music Education, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) as guest adjudicator and conducting workshop clinician.

The IBF is a selective festival – only four bands will be invited to participate. This allows for each ensemble to get a generous amount of performance time, clinic time, and will enable each group to hear the other performing ensembles that day.

Each participating band will perform up to 20 minutes of music. Each band will receive recorded comments on their pieces, but following their performance on stage, will also participate in a 30-minute clinic with Dr. Porter.

New interactive sessions for students will be offered in the afternoon, on topics such as conducting, composition, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, percussion ensemble, piano ensemble (and possibly more). During this time, band directors will have the opportunity to engage in a professional development session with Dr. Ann Porter. The day will conclude with a concert by the CSUEB Wind Symphony.

Registration forms are electronic and should be submitted by the band director no later than Friday, November 17, 2017. In addition, directors are asked to submit a recording of their current ensemble showcasing at least two (2) contrasting selections. Please send recordings to mrc@csueastbay.edu either as an email attachment or an electronic link (Google Drive / Dropbox, etc.), no later than November 17, 2017. The fee for each participating band is $250.

7:30 a.m. Bands arrive
8:00 a.m. Bands perform in the CSUEB Theatre and receive clinic with Dr. Ann Porter on stage
12:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:15 p.m. Interactive sessions for students / Professional development for directors with Dr. Porter
2:30 p.m. CSUEB Wind Symphony performs for everyone in Theatre
3:15 p.m. Concert concludes, end of IBF

Afternoon Interactive Sessions

Gateway to Grooves – presented by Artie Storch
Exploring how rhythm provides the foundation of all music, by playing simple yet fun percussion ensemble pieces. What makes the same rhythm sound great or just OK? Technical proficiency on percussion not required. Must bring focus and curiosity. Maximum number of participants: 15

Teamwork in the Brass Section! – presented by Dr. Richard Roper
Applying the fundamental concepts of teamwork as we play some fun brass ensemble pieces. Topics to be covered include understanding everyone’s role or position on the team, listening as a group, unifying a vision of interpretation and style, group articulation, balance, and intonation. Students must be able to play a brass instrument. Maximum number of participants: no maximum

Conducting: Snapchat Edition – presented by Stephanie Rios
Mastering the baton takes years of disciplined practice and experience. For a snapchat moment, you will join us "live" in the conducting world to learn the foundations. No baton necessary! Maximum number of participants: 15

Chord-Jam! Accompanying on the Keyboard – presented by Dr. Omri Shimron
Do you ever wish you could accompany your friends on the piano? Or maybe you like to sing but aren't comfortable playing all the chords ? Then this interactive session is for you! We will learn how to play chords and harmonize tunes at the keyboard. At the end of our session we'll play a short piece showcasing our new-found skills! Basic piano knowledge required. Maximum number of participants: 16

African Drumming – presented by AJ Walker
This hands-on session will allow you to learn some African drumming and dance. Through performance practice of African music, we will learn more about our own musicianship and how we can become even better musicians! No drumming experience necessary. Maximum number of participants: 20

Music Production Crash Course – presented by Ryan Rey
Ever wonder how your favorite performing artists produce music, make beats, or record an album? In this session, you will go through the process of making a beat or song from start to finish with professional audio production software. Through the use of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), you'll create music using prerecorded loops/sounds and virtual instruments; use effects to add atmosphere and realism; and add finishing touches to make your track broadcast-ready for public release. Maximum number of participants: 24

Composing for Performers – presented by Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Anyone who plays an instrument can be a composer, and writing and performing your own pieces is fun and fulfilling. In this hands-on session, we’ll talk about ways to get you started composing your own music, and will write and perform some short pieces. Maximum number of participants: no maximum

Adventures in Woodwind Repertoire! – presented by Douglas Brown
In this workshop, we’ll dive into the greatest woodwind chamber music by composers of all traditions. By playing through some modern repertoire, we'll work on rehearsal communication and etiquette, intonation, blend, and balance. All woodwind players and hornists are welcome! Maximum number of participants: no maximum

For more information, contact:

Dr. Danielle Gaudry
Director of Bands


(510) 885-3285

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