Event Schedule

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Registration and Check-In @ Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Buffalo Architecture Tour @ Meet in Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A recent survey from Travel and Leisure magazine named Buffalo America’s favorite city for architecture, solidifying it’s nickname, the birthplace of “American” architecture.

Niagara Falls Tour @ Meet in Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

No trip to Buffalo would be complete without a jaunt to one of the largest waterfalls in the world!

John Mackey Workshop with Hamburg HS
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
John Mackey Workshop with Erie County Wind Ensemble
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Colored Musician’s Club and Art Gallery Tour @ Meet in Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo started 81 years ago and has hosted musical greats like Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillepsie and Miles Davis. After years of fundraising, a museum was created to honor those who made the Colored Musicians Club what it is today.

A vibrant museum in the heart of Buffalo’s cultural district, the Albright-Knox has been collecting and exhibiting art since 1862. Discover this American national treasure.

Colored Musician’s Club and Darwin Martin House Tour @ Meet in Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo started 81 years ago and has hosted musical greats like Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillepsie and Miles Davis. After years of fundraising, a museum was created to honor those who made the Colored Musicians Club what it is today.

The Darwin D. Martin House Complex, also known as the Darwin Martin House National Historic Landmark, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905.

John Mackey Workshop with West Michigan Concert Winds
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet John Mackey
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Hamburg High School Wind Ensemble
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Larry Dubill, Director

West Michigan Concert Winds
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings.

The West Point Band traces its lineage back to a single drummer and fifer left to maintain the tradition of military music at West Point after the Revolutionary War. Over the next 200 years, the band evolved into one of the most capable and versatile professional performing groups in the world. Many band members hold graduate degrees from the world’s finest music schools and all have earned substantial professional musical achievements prior to serving their country as professional musicians.

The organization fulfills more than 1600 official missions annually, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, parades, professional and collegiate sporting events, internet, radio and television broadcasts, and numerous ceremonies and special events for the Corps of Cadets, the West Point community, New York City, and the broader area of the northeastern United States. As the senior premier musical representative of the United States Army, the band has appeared at numerous historical events. It performed at dedication and re-dedication ceremonies of the Erie Canal; at the St. Louis, Chicago and New York World’s Fairs; Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, and at the battlefield at Gettysburg; for the funerals of Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt as well as the inaugurations of numerous presidents.

Additionally, the West Point Band has collaborated with some of the finest musical ensembles in the country, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. Members of the West Point Band have also been showcased at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, A&E and documentaries occurring on the History and Discovery Channels, and even featured on their own national broadcast of “A West Point Holiday Show” on Fox News during the holidays in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The band also collaborates with Columbia University, and the English and Philosophy, Geography, and History departments at West Point as dynamic teaching resources.

As performers and educators, the musicians of the West Point Band continue to present innovative performances and productions while providing the Corps of Cadets with a piece of living history.

Erie County Wind Ensemble
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Maguda, Music Director

Originally founded in 1983 as “The Erie County Music Educators’ Wind
Ensemble” under the direction of Donald Schleicher, (University of Illinois), the
Erie County Wind Ensemble is now directed by John Maguda (SUNY Fredonia).
Past Music Directors and guest conductors included Mallory Thompson
(Northwestern University), Charles Peltz (New England Conservatory), Sarah
McKoin (Texas Tech University) and Donald Hunsberger (emeritus, Eastman
School of Music).

The ECWE has been invited to play at a variety of conferences and venues,
including the NY State School Music Association, the NY State Band Directors’
Association, the Tralfamadore Café, the annual July 4 th concert in the Town of
Amherst and at numerous high schools and colleges. The ensemble has evolved
from a music teachers’ ensemble to a group of the finest wind and percussion
players of various occupational backgrounds from throughout the Western New
York area. Described by the Buffalo News as “a virtuosic and resilient group”,
the Erie County Wind Ensemble’s objective is to perform the best of the wind
literature at an exemplary level to a wide range of listening audiences, including a
special outreach to school musicians.

Welcome to Buffalo Reception
May 2 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

open to conference registrants and members of this evening’s performing ensembles

Registration and Check-In @ Hotel Lobby
May 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Welcome Breakfast
May 3 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Convention Band Seating
May 3 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Convention Band Rehearsal
May 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Stephen Melillo Workshop with Clarence HS
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Stephen Melillo Workshop with Performing Band
May 3 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall
May 3 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon with Dr. Fischer
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Clinic 1A: Duel of the Fates Conducting Clinic
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Clinic 1B: Learn to Listen Brass, Woodwind, Percussion Clinic
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Clinic 1C: I Wanna Be Rich Fundraising Clinic
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stephen Melillo Workshop with American Legion Band of the Tonawandas
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Clinic 2A: Make Me Smile Meet Dr. Fischer
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Clinic 2B: Little People Ensembles within the Ensemble
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Clinic 2C: My Way An Organized Organization
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Johan de Meij Workshop with BNCB
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Meet Stephen Melillo
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Clarence High School Wind Ensemble
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Louis Vitello, Director

Buffalo Silver Band
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bill Cocca, Director

With a history stretching back one hundred years, the Buffalo Silver Band is a unique
presence in the Buffalo-Niagara music scene. As the only British style brass band in
Upstate New York, the Buffalo Silver Band continues the band performance tradition
that was established before the U.S. Civil War and rose to prominence at the end of
the 19th Century.
In recent years, the Buffalo Silver Band (BSB) has played to standing ovations from
audiences all over Western New York and Southern Ontario, including the
Chautauqua Institution, the Buffalo Philharmonic Community Showcase, the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery First Friday series, the New York State School Music
Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, and numerous outdoor parks and
churches. In April 2014, the Buffalo Silver Band was awarded the coveted Hannaford
Cup at the Festival of Brass in Toronto. The Buffalo Silver Band was awarded a 2017
Give for Greatness grant by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
With the help of a 2015 Community Arts Grant, the BSB celebrated its centennial
season. The BSB commissioned an original work for brass band by celebrated band
composer Stephen Bulla. Mr. Bulla guest conducted the new work, Beecher
Variations, at a gala concert at the University at Buffalo’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee
Hall. In keeping with its mission to promote brass band music, the BSB included two
high schools, Kenmore East and Hutch Tech, in the concert and in workshops run by
Mr. Bulla. The BSB has run clinics and participated in joint concerts with other
Western New York high schools as well. In 2018, the Buffalo Silver Band will offer a
music scholarship award for a talented young brass musician.
2017-2018 will mark the first subscription series for the Buffalo Silver Band with
three concerts at the University at Buffalo’s Slee Hall. The series will be previewed in
June 2017 by a special benefit for area veterans through a Slee Hall concert marking
the 100 th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I.

By fulfilling both its educational and performance mission, the Buffalo Silver
Band will be providing authentic British band music to new generations of music-
lovers, just as it has done for the past one hundred years.

American Legion Band of the Tonawandas
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Michael Shaw, Director

The American Legion “Band of the Tonawandas” is an award-winning concert band based in Tonawanda, NY. Formed in 1929 by World War I veterans and American Legion members, the band is comprised of Western NYers with diverse occupations and backgrounds, including management, engineering, medicine, government, sales, and education. A large number of members are instrumental music educators, graduates, or students of university music programs. All of the musicians are volunteers, and membership is open to any musician based upon evaluation and section vacancies.

The band, with 90 members at full strength, rehearses year-round and performs up to 30 concerts and parades annually. For the trained wind, brass, or percussion instrumentalist, the band provides an excellent opportunity to utilize their musical training while contributing to the cultural life of the community. The band stands ready to aid in worthwhile community functions and uphold the great tradition of the American Legion.

Buffalo Sports Reception
May 3 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

open to conference registrants and members of this evening’s performing ensembles

Registration and Check-In @ Hotel Lobby
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Band Rehearsal
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Robert W. Smith Workshop with Cheektowaga
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Meet Johan de Meij
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. His Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth, Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Liedeas well as his solo concertos, T-Bone Concerto (trombone), UFO Concerto (euphonium) and Casanova (cello) have been enthusiastically received at many of the world’s finest venues.

Before devoting his time exclusively to composing and conducting, Johan de Meij enjoyed a successful professional career as a trombone and euphonium player, performing with major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands. He is in high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, frequently invited to speak about and perform his own works. He currently maintains posts with both the New York Wind Symphony and the Kyushu Wind Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan as their principal guest conductor. He was also appointed regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela – part of the celebrated Venezuelan educational system El Sistema. He is founder and CEO of his own publishing company Amstel Music, established in 1989.

When not traveling, Johan divides his time between his Hudson Valley home and Manhattan apartment with his wife and muse Dyan, cats Lenny & Tosca and dog Lucy.

Meet Robert W. Smith
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Robert W. Smith is a Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Industry Program in Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is one of the most popular composers in the world today with over 700 published works. The majority of his work was published through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications. Mr. Smith is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse.

Mr. Smith’s works for band and orchestra have been programmed by countless professional, university, and school ensembles throughout the North America, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His music has received extensive airplay on network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures and television productions. His “Into The Storm” was featured on the 2009 CBS Emmy Awards telecast for the HBO’s mini-series documenting the life of Winston Churchill.

Mr. Smith’s teaching responsibilities at Troy University are focused in media composition, audio and live event production, publishing and entrepreneurship.

Clinic 3A: Hail to the Chief Meet Donna Clickner
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Clinic 3B: Playing With Pain – Management and Prevention
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Clinic 3C: The Birds & the Bees Creating a Band Family
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Roundtable Discussions
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday Banquet
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cheektowaga Central High School Concert Band
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Shawn Rydzik, Director

Perinton Concert Band
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Charles Van Buren, Director

Founded in 1977, the Perinton Concert Band provides high quality concert band music to audiences in the Rochester, New York area. From its modest beginning the group has grown into an accomplished ensemble that has performed, by invitation, at the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Division Conference, the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference and the Boston Festival of Bands. The band has also made three appearances at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium and two appearances at the Association of Concert Bands National Conference.

The Perinton Concert Band has featured guest conductors such as Donald Hunsberger, Loras Schissel, Christoper Seaman and Jeff Tyzik as well as many guest artists including members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music faculty. The band has recorded three CD’s, The Pride of Perinton, Great Music from Great Movies and a CD of holiday music entitled A Gift of Music. Several pieces have been commissioned from composers Roger Cichy, Jeff Tyzik, Al “Corky” Fabrizio and Howard Rowe.

The band has weekly two-hour rehearsals and gives an average of six performances during their season, which runs from September to June. The repertoire of the Perinton Concert Band includes traditional wind band literature, transcriptions and marches as well as music from the jazz, pop, and Broadway genres. Its fifty-two members reflect a cross-section of ages, occupations and backgrounds united by the love of music and the enjoyment of performing good concert band music.

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ACB 40th Anniversary Celebration Reception
May 4 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

open to conference registrants and members of this evening’s performing ensembles

ACB Membership Meeting
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Robert W. Smith Workshop with Grand Street
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Convention Band Rehearsal
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Robert W. Smith Workshop with Plainville Wind Ensemble
May 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Rossano Galante Workshop with Westerville
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Robert W. Smith Workshop with Kenmore East
May 5 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
ACB Archives
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rossano Galante Workshop with Lancaster
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kenmore East High School Concert Band
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Phil Aguglia, Director

Meet Rossano Galante
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rossano Galante is a graduate of the University of Southern California Film Scoring program and studied under Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (Planet of the Apes, Total Recall and The Mummy.) He has orchestrated numerous big budget films and television series in his career including, The Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard, Fantastic Four and many others. He is a published composer with G. Schirmer, Alfred, Hafabra and DeHaske and has written almost two dozen commissions for wind ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States. His compositions are widely performed around the world and has received rave reviews from colleagues, professors and students alike for his technique in composition and orchestration. Rossano has guest conducted his own works throughout the United States. He is originally from Western New York and has resided in Los Angeles since 1999.

Grand Street Community Band
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Brian Worsdale, Director

The Grand Street Community Band is an all-volunteer symphonic wind ensemble that
rehearses and performs esteemed repertoire in a friendly setting. We help adult
musicians improve their command of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments
while striving for a high level of craft and visibility. We support projects that encourage
lifelong music-making through participation in symphonic wind ensembles. We strive to
give every instrumental musician a place to play, regardless of ability level.
Our members come from all professions and walks of life; some of our seats are filled
by alumni of the Grand Street Campus High Schools, from which the band takes its
name. GSCB fills a huge void for symphonic wind ensembles in the New York City area.
Along with our emphasis on musicianship, we take pride in being a social, friendly group
that encourages community values and gives our participants the opportunity to play
together. GSCB’s efforts continue to surprise and delight both musicians and
audiences, while keeping classical music alive and well within the Brooklyn community
and beyond.
In addition to presenting our regular series at Grand Street High School, we have
participated in Columbia University’s Festival of Winds, Make Music New York,
McCarren Park Pumpkin Day, and Summer Starz at the East River State Park in our
home neighborhood of Williamsburg. GSCB has also had the honor of performing at
both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Over the many seasons GSCB has existed we have had the pleasure to host amazing
guest conductors, composers and performing artists. Most recently conductor/composer
Johan De Meji lead GSCB in a performance of his infamous Lord of the Rings
Symphony. Along with this, trombone soloist Jon Whitaker and Composer Anthony
Barfield joined the GSCB in a performance of Red Sky. Throughout the ensembles
history we have had the pleasure of working with other composer such as Michael
Markowski and David Maslanka.

Plainville Wind Ensemble
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kenneth Bagley, Director


Lancaster High School Symphonic Band
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Richard Goss, Director

Westerville Concert Band
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Larry Klabunde, Director

Convention Band Concert
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cinco de Mayo Reception
May 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

open to conference registrants and members of this evening’s performing ensembles

Farewell Breakfast
May 6 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am