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Entering its 18th year, the Capital University Band Festival is a multi-faceted event designed to provide students the opportunity to work with internationally recognized composers and conductors. The festival is held annually on the beautiful Capital University campus and past guests have included Frank Ticheli, Michael Markowski, Craig, Kirchhoff, Paula Crider, and Ray Cramer.
This year, we are honored to have as our Featured Guest Artist, award-winning composer, John Mackey. Honor Band ConductorsJeff GershmanJames SwearingenRyan ShawPerformances by Capital University Symphonic Winds Capital University Wind Symphony Capital University Chamber EnsemblesPickerington North High School Symphonic Band Student Highlights
Directors may nominate up to eight students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. To nominate students, please complete the online nomination form. So that we can complete the selection process in a timely manner, nominations must be submitted by no later than Friday, September 27 and no nominations will be accepted after this date. When nominating students, we ask that you list them according to ability, regardless of instrument, and that they are available and express an enthusiastic desire to participate in the event. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Honor Band Showcase by Friday, October 4 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.
John Mackey has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles (the fancy name for concert bands), and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles and an Professor of Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and teaching advanced conducting. His past positions include serving as the Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Director of Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the Co-Director of Instrumental Music at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. Dr. Gershman holds two degrees from Indiana University: a Bachelor of Music Education with High Distinction and the first Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree conferred by the institution. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at The University of Texas at Austin. His principal conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin and Ray E. Cramer.Dr. Gershman maintains an active guest conducting schedule with both professional ensembles and high school honor bands throughout the country, including an annual series of concerts with the Dallas Winds (formally the Dallas Wind Symphony). He has presented lectures at many state and national conventions and is in high demand as adjudicator, having judged band festivals throughout the United States as well as in Singapore and Australia. In addition, Dr. Gershman has published articles on repertoire, programming, and score study which have been hailed as “groundbreaking.” As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Frank Zappa, John Corigliano, and Eric Whitacre have received critical acclaim, with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national conventions.
James Swearingen is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, his trend-setting compositions and arrangements have a style and energy that truly are exceptional. It should come as no surprise that year after year his music is received enthusiastically by student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world. His busy schedule includes many engagements as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.
Ryan Shaw is assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University's College of Music, where he teaches Introduction to Music Education, Teaching Instrumental Music, and graduate courses in psychology of music education, curriculum, and measurement. Prior to joining Michigan State University, Shaw was area head of music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, Shaw taught introduction and methods courses, and also coordinated all aspects of the undergraduate music education and summer masters in music education instrumental track programs. Additionally, Shaw advised Capital’s collegiate NAfME chapter and oversaw the Capital University Winds and Percussion Camp and the Complete Band Director Workshop.Shaw received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests include arts education policy and the ways that policy affects music teacher stress, planning, and instructional practices. Prior to teaching at the college level, Shaw held positions teaching middle and high school band in two Michigan communities: Berkley (Southeast Michigan) and Cedar Springs (West Michigan).Shaw has presented research at the AERA Annual Meeting, the NAfME In-Service Conference, the NAfME Teacher Education and Research Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the Midwest Clinic, the IMTE Biennial Colloquium, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and the International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education. He has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Contributions to Music Education. Shaw is also active in professional organizations. He serves on the editorial board for Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and Contributions to Music Education. Shaw also serves as program chair for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group and is the Government Relations Committee Coordinator for the Michigan Music Education Association.
Directors are currently nominating students to participate in the Capital University Band Festival. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Band Festival by Friday, October 4 and all selected students will be contacted soon after that.
Honor Band Audition ExcerptsAudition excerpts for the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band will available in the middle of October.
2018 ScheduleThe 2019 Band Festival Schedule will be available in the middle of September.