Event Schedule

May
2
Wed
Registration and Check-In @ Grand Hall
May 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 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!

Observe John Mackey Workshop with Hamburg HS @ Erie Ballroom B
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Colored Musician’s Club and Darwin Martin House Tour @ Meet in Hotel Lobby
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Observe John Mackey Workshop with Erie County Wind Ensemble @ Erie Ballroom B
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Observe John Mackey Workshop with West Michigan Concert Winds @ Erie Ballroom B
May 2 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Meet Composer-in-Residence John Mackey @ Erie Ballroom A
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Hamburg High School Wind Ensemble @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Larry Dubill, Director

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

Gail A. Brechting, Music Director

Beginning its 39th season, the West Michigan Concert Winds, in collaboration with Muskegon Community College provides the chance to both hear and perform concert band music with one of the oldest and largest adult community bands in the state. This award winning band works together with community music organizations throughout the Midwest, high school music programs in West Michigan, as well as many national guest conductors and soloists.

The WINDS continue to sponsor competitive scholarships, awarding over 50 in partnership with the Community Foundation of Muskegon County for local music students.

The WINDS has been a featured ensemble at the annual Association of Concert Bands (ACB) Convention as well as hosting the 2011 ACB convention in Muskegon. In 2015, the WINDS blew into the Windy City to perform at Chicago’s Symphony Hall. In 2016, the WINDS was invited to and performed in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Travelling to share their love for music is central with the WINDS as they have performed in England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

For its high standards of excellence in concert activities and for taking a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment of Muskegon County, in 2005 the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll Award, North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands to the WINDS.

Erie County Wind Ensemble @ Grand Ballroom C
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 @ Fountain Room
May 2 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

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

May
3
Thu
Welcome Breakfast @ Grand Ballroom D/E
May 3 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Registration and Check-In @ Grand Hall
May 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Convention Band Seating @ Grand Ballroom C
May 3 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Convention Band Rehearsal @ Grand Ballroom C
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Observe Stephen Melillo Workshop with Clarence HS @ Erie Ballroom B
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 3 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon with Dr. Fischer @ Grand Ballroom D/E
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Duel of the Fates Conducting Clinic @ Ontario Room
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with John Maguda

I Wanna Be Rich Fundraising Clinic @ Sullivan Room
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with John Hathaway

Learn to Listen Brass Clinic @ Erie Ballroom B
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with Mark Filsinger

Learn to Listen Percussion Clinic @ Erie Ballroom A
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with Larry Dubill

Learn to Listen Woodwind Clinic @ Wright Room
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with Richard Nunemaker

Observe Stephen Melillo Workshop with American Legion Band of the Tonawandas @ Grand Ballroom C
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
An Organized Organization @ Ontario Room
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

BNCB Executive Team

Ensembles within an Ensemble @ Erie Ballroom B
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

with Tom Seaton

Meet and Greet Dr. Fischer @ Sullivan Room
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet Composer-in-Residence Stephen Melillo @ Sullivan Room
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Observe Johan de Meij Workshop with Buffalo Niagara Concert Band @ Erie Ballroom B
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Clarence High School Wind Ensemble @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Louis Vitello, Director

Buffalo Silver Band @ Grand Ballroom C
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 @ Grand Ballroom C
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 @ Fountain Room
May 3 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

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

May
4
Fri
Registration and Check-In @ Grand Hall
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Convention Band Rehearsal @ Grand Ballroom C
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Observe Robert W. Smith Workshop with Cheektowaga @ Erie Ballroom B
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Meet Composer-in-Residence Johan de Meij @ Erie Ballroom A
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 Composer-in-Residence Robert W. Smith @ Erie Ballroom A
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: Gelling the Band @ Ontario Room
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with ACB BOD + ACB 2018

Clinic: Playing With Pain – Management and Prevention @ Erie Ballroom A
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with William Dawson

Meet and Greet CWO3 Donna Morgan @ Sullivan Room
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Roundtable Discussions: Directors @ Sullivan Room
May 4 @ 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Roundtable Discussions: Leadership @ Ontario Room
May 4 @ 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Roundtable Discussions: Musicians @ Erie Ballroom A
May 4 @ 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday Banquet @ Fountain Room
May 4 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Cheektowaga Central High School Concert Band @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Shawn Rydzik, Director

Perinton Concert Band @ Grand Ballroom C
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 @ Grand Ballroom C
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ACB 40th Anniversary Celebration Reception @ Fountain Room
May 4 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

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

May
5
Sat
ACB Membership Meeting @ Grand Ballroom C
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Observe Robert W. Smith Workshop with Grand Street @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Check-In @ Grand Hall
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Convention Band Rehearsal @ Grand Ballroom C
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Observe Robert W. Smith Workshop with Plainville Wind Ensemble @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Observe Rossano Galante Workshop with Westerville @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Exhibits Open @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Observe Robert W. Smith Workshop with Kenmore East @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Observe Rossano Galante Workshop with Lancaster @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kenmore East High School Concert Band @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Phil Aguglia, Director

Meet Composer-in-Residence Rossano Galante @ Ontario Room
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 @ Grand Ballroom C
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 @ Grand Ballroom C
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kenneth Bagley, Director

 

Lancaster High School Symphonic Band @ Grand Hall/Pavilion
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Richard Goss, Director

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

Larry Klabunde, Director

ACB Convention Band @ Grand Ballroom C
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cinco de Mayo Reception @ Fountain Room
May 5 @ 9:15 pm – 11:15 pm

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

May
6
Sun
Farewell Breakfast @ Ontario Room
May 6 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am