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Invitational Band Festival

Friday, March 1, 2019

California State University East Bay is proud to present the 28th Annual Invitational Band Festival (IBF) on Friday, March 1, 2019 in the CSUEB University Theatre. A high quality and unique festival experience for your high school students, the IBF is a valuable educational event for both participants and observers. This year's guest conductor is Rodney Winther, Professor Emeritus of Music and retired Director of Wind Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The IBF is a selective festival – only ​a few 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 clinic with Professor Winther.

New interactive sessions for students will be offered in the afternoon, on musical ​topics ​ranging from conducting ​to ​composition​ and​ ​even smaller performing ensemble​s. During this time, band directors will have the opportunity to engage in a professional development session with Professor Winther. 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 2, 2018.

In addition, directors are asked to submit a recording of their current ensemble showcasing at least two (2) contrasting selections. Please send recordings to either as an email attachment or an electronic link (Google Drive / Dropbox, etc.), no later than November 2, 2018.

The fee for each participating band is $250. Payment of festival fees MUST be received by Friday, December 7, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Danielle Gaudry
Director of Bands
(510) 885-3285


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

2019 Guest Conductor & Adjudicator: Rodney WintherRodney Winther

Rodney Winther is Professor Emeritus of Music and recently retired after fourteen years (1997-2011) as Director of Wind Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His duties at CCM included conducting the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds and the CCM Chamber Players, while also teaching Masters and Doctoral students in Wind Conducting. In 2014, he was chosen to be a Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan, where he was the resident conductor of the Shieh Chien University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Visiting Professor of Conducting. Mr. Winther’s frequent appearances as guest conductor and clinician have taken him across the United States and abroad, including England, Ireland, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Venezuela and Canada.

He has worked with many of the world’s finest wind bands and ensembles, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, eighthblackbird, Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, Summit Brass, The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Naval Academy Band, Taiwan Wind Ensemble, Taipei Sirens Symphonic Winds, Kent Youth Wind Orchestra (England), World Youth Wind Symphony (Interlochen), the Taller para Bandas del Tachira (Venezuela) and most recently the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.

His conducting workshops, both in the United States and abroad, have been critically acclaimed, helping young conductors around the world for the past forty years. Mr. Winther's conducting workshop in Taiwan is an annual event that began in 1997, and has helped to transform the face of wind conducting in that country. His workshops and concerts in Venezuela were recently recognized when he was awarded the Manuel Felipe Rugeles Medal of Honor and the Otorga Botón Honor al Mérito by the Governor of the State of Tachira.

He has been invited to conduct at many prestigious conventions, including the Midwest Clinic, the National MENC Convention, the National CDBNA Convention, the International WASBE Convention, and the BASBWE convention in England. His book - An Annotated Guide to Wind Chamber Music - has been hailed as a much needed and valuable resource in this ever-growing area. Both this book and his new edition of Ruth Gipps Seascape have been published by Warner Brothers Publications/Alfred Music as part of the Donald Hunsberger Wind Band Library. His reputation and experience recently resulted in his being elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

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