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The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position as VISUAL (COLORGUARD) COORDINATOR / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE MINUTEMAN MARCHING BAND.This is a part-time (60%) nine-month non-tenure track position at the Lecturer level to begin on September 1, 2018.  The initial appointment is for one year, renewable.
•    Coordinate all aspects of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band Colorguard including recruiting, training staff, managing equipment and uniform needs, choreographing and producing routines as required (coach student ensembles, recruit guest performers, create educational clinic, coordinate logistical arrangements for staging), and assist Marching Band Director as needed and requested.
•    Teach Marching Colorguard Techniques or other courses as assigned in accordance with areas of expertise; maintain weekly office hours, scheduled in coordination with the Director.
•    Assist with selecting student leaders for fall marching band, for both the colorguard and the band; recruit new members for the colorguard; assist in logistical planning for the marching band, in conjunction with the Director.
•    Participate in Summer Band Camp (for additional compensation).

•    Bachelor’s degree in music performance or related field required; master’s degree preferred.
•    Equivalent professional experience considered.
•    Potential for or an already established reputation as a colorguard coordinator.
•    Evidence of excellence in teaching as well as a high potential for recruiting at the university level.
•    Ability to work effectively within the department.

Salary is commensurate with Lecturer rank, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) links, preferably through YouTube and in a separate document, to high quality video recordings of performances (please include dates of performances), and 4) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses.
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Review of applications will begin January 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists.  Application materials will not be returned.
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Industry News
Music for All Sponsors Advocacy in Action Awards
    As part of its ongoing work to support and recognize advocacy for music education, Music for All introduced the Advocacy in Action Awards. The awards will collect and share local music education advocacy ideas across the country. Winning entries will be promoted at all Music for All programs and in digital and print materials. Awards will be given in six categories: decision-maker interaction, recruiting and retention, community engagement, parent and booster involvement, marketing and promotion, and fundraising and sponsorship. Any program has the opportunity to be recognized. Ap­plications open on May 1. For more information and application requirements visit (5/18)

National Association for Music Education National President-Elect

    Mackie V. Spradley is the 2018-2020 National President-Elect of the National Association for Music Education. Spradley, who will officially take the position in June and become President in June 2020, is Immediate Past President of the NAfME Texas chapter and the Director of Enrichment Education for the Texas Education Agency. She also teaches graduate-level courses in the Educational Leadership Online Master’s Program as an adjunct professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Ad­ministration, College of Education, University of North Texas. 

New Products and Publications

Buffet Crampon Festival Clarinet
    Considered a Prestige-level instrument, the Festival has many upgraded features, including an alternate Eb/Ab key for the left hand, premium unstained African blackwood, silver-plated keys, two tuning barrels (65mm and 66mm), metal tenon caps, and GT pads. The Festival also comes in the upgraded Prestige case with combination lock latches. The instrument is available in Bb and A models, and is also available in Green Line models.

Wick 50th Anniversary Gold Mute

    Denis Wick Products has released a 50th Anniversary gold-finish straight mute for trumpet and trombone. The special edition will carry a 50th anniversary logo to mark the historic occasion. Since his early days in the London Symphony Orchestra, Wick has been interested in problems faced by brass players. “The human body can adapt to anything, but the relationship between the mouthpiece and the instrument you can't change, and so that is the part of the equation you have to get right, and that's what I did.” Wick has designed mutes and mouthpieces for every brass instrument. The limited-edition mutes will sell at music dealers in 2018. (4/18)

Gon Bops NAMM Releases

    At the January Winter NAMM convention, Gon Bops introduced a complete set of hardware designed to mount bells, blocks, cymbals, and more to any timbale or percussion set-up. The new set offers new features like X-Pand Quick Release Ratchets, TechLock Clamps with large reset handles, and secondary drum key locks. The seven-piece set includes a pair of 9.5" brackets, one for Gon Bops timbales with square slot receiver and a universal bracket to fit virtually any other timbale brand.
    Gon Bops also announced the Roberto Quintero signature Fiberglass Congas and Bongo. Crafted from premium fiberglass shells with Gon Bops California Series Contour Hardware and custom REMO Skyndeep heads, the new drums produce deep, resonant bass tones and loud, cutting highs. The congas are offered in conga, tumba, and super tumba sizes, while the bongo is a 7" and 8.5" pairing.
    The Gon Bops 8" Timbale Snare drum is the latest instrument released by the percussion brand. Blending the exciting textures and accents of a traditional Latin timbale with a sensitive, long-range snare throw-off allows the player to slowly dial in snare sound – from a loose rattle to a tight, hip-hop backbeat. (3/18)

Buffet Crampon 200 Series Saxes

    The 200 Series saxophones are a second option to go along with the Buffet Crampon 100 Series. Positioned at a slightly lower price point, the 200 Series saxophones represent a different approach to the student alto with post-to-body construction, resulting in a lighter weight instrument and a different resonance. Both models feature gold lacquer bodies and keywork, leather pads, a high F# key, and a hard wood shell case that provides excellent protection. (3/18)

Zildjian Debuts the Uptown Ride and New K Sweet Collection

    The Avedis Zildjian Company unveiled the new 18" A Zildjian Uptown Ride at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. The cymbal is a smaller-size ride that delivers a controlled dry sound with pronounced stick definition. With its extensive hammering and unlathed top and bottom surface, it creates a tightly defined and colorful sound with minimal overtones and sustain.
    Zildjian also introduced the new K Zildjian Sweet Collection at NAMM. The extension of the K Line has been crafted to meet the demands of today’s popular music with a new direction of tonal colors that are dark, sweet, and responsive. The K Sweet Collection comprises nine models including 16" through 20" crashes, two larger-sized rides (21" and 23") and larger-sized hi-hats (15" and 16"). The crashes and hi-hats feature unlathed bells for greater tonal spread and additional sound frequencies, while the two K Sweet Rides are darker versions of the popular A Zildjian Sweet Rides. (2/18)

Jupiter Sax Gig Strap

    KHS recently released the Jupiter Sax Gig Strap, an over-the-shoulders strap constructed of leather and suede. The strap provides comfort and durability for the stage and the marching field. This product distributes the instrument weight away from the neck and equally on both shoulders. The goal is to reduce fatigue and neck and back problems. This lightweight strap fits easily in a gig bag or case. (2/18)

New Wenger Cabinets

    Wenger debuted their UltraStor and AcoustiCabinets, available with adjustable shelves, at the Midwest Clinic in December. As ensemble instrumentation changes from one semester to the next, the shelves can be rearranged to accommodate shifting storage needs. The cabinets are available with single-, double-, and triple-column formats. Available shelf packs allow expansion as the program changes or grows without purchasing new cabinets. (2/18)

Honors and Appointments and Other Music News
Robert Willoughby (1921-2018)

    Robert Willoughby, 96, died Tuesday, March 27 after a short illness. Described by Flute magazine as the “American grandmaster of the flute,” Willoughby was an American classical flute player and flute teacher, playing both Baroque and modern flute. He received numerous awards over his career including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association in 1996.
    He was assistant principal flute in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and first flute in the Cincinnati Orchestra under Max Rudolf. He taught for many years at Oberlin College and the Peabody In­stitute, and at the time of his death he was teaching at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. At Oberlin, he was the first Robert Wheeler Professor of Performance and a founding member of the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet. He was also a member of the Baroque Performance Institute and the Smith­sonian Chamber Players.
    He is survived by his son John, daughter-in-law Bonnie, and their three children Courtney, Chelsea, and Colin, as well as countless grateful students. He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine “Mac” Willoughby, who passed away in 2012.
    The Robert Willoughby Flute Scholarship at Oberlin was created in his honor. For more information, go to (5/18)

National Collegiate Marching Championship

    The Inaugural National Collegiate Marching Band Championship Bowl will be held from November 30-December 2, 2018 at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. The Organizing Committee and Experience Columbia SC Sports will showcase the talents of college marching bands and recognize their significance in America’s athletic and academic life. Bands will compete or perform in exhibition for an audience of spectators and peers. The competition will be broken into three categories based on marching style and band size. In addition to the competition, bands can also participate in a televised holiday parade on December 1. (5/18)

North Bridge Flute Academy

    Anthem Musical Instruments and North Bridge Winds have teamed up on a new music education project. There are various systems to evaluate the progress of flute players, including the Trinity Exams and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. These precise and thorough methods help chart advancement and become more demanding with each new grade. The North Bridge Flute Academy is designed to give flute players a clear impression of how far they have traveled in their musical journeys and the next steps for the future. The NBFA draws on repertoire from the examining systems and specifically selected works of similar standards. Flutist Paul Edmund-Davies and Pianist John Alley are currently working on video performances, play-along piano tracks, video analysis, and teaching notes for the entire Trinity catalog. They have recorded 21 pieces so far and will release them gradually in the coming months. This initiative will be valuable for students, private teachers, and band directors. (4/18)

John Williams Leaves Scores to Juilliard

    The Juilliard School has announced a bequest from composer and conductor John Williams of his complete library of concert music and film scores, as well as his sketchbooks. Williams, who studied piano with longtime Juilliard faculty member Rosina Lhevinne announced the gift at an alumni event in Los Angeles. Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi remarked that the gift “will be a unique resource for all of our musicians at the school, particularly composition students who can study first-hand John’s breadth and versatility as a composer.” The John Williams Music Collection will be part of the Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections and Juilliard School Archives. Williams has received 51 Academy Award nominations – more than any other living person – and 24 Grammys. He is in his 60th year of composing concert music and music for films and television. His next major work is a fantasia for cello, harp, and orchestra that will be premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on August 19 at Tanglewood as part of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial. www. (4/18)

New Horn Faculty at Peabody

    Acclaimed horn players Abel Pereira, Robert Rearden, and Wei-Ping Chou will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University for the 2018-19 academic year.
    Principal horn of the National Symphony Orchestra, Pereira earned a PhD in coaching/performance from Porto University, where he also studied choral and orchestral conducting. He was a professor at both Lisbon and Porto Universities and is currently music director of both the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and the Summer Music Institute Orchestra of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
    Robert Rearden joined the National Symphony Orchestra as second horn in 2016. He previously was principal horn of the Florida Orchestra and was a member of the New World Symphony from 2006 to 2010. Rearden completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Music degree and artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
    Wei-ping Chou was the first and only horn player in Juilliard School history to be awarded the Artist Diploma. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Juilliard. A native of Taiwan, she has been acting assistant principal horn for the San Diego Symphony and  currently is second horn with the Kennedy Center Opera House Or­chestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra. (3/18)

KHS Scholarship Winner

    Each year KHS America awards a college scholarship to a member of the United States Army All American Marching Band. Made up of 101 high school seniors from around the country, members of the band who are pursuing a career in music education can apply for a $1,000 College Scho­lar­ship from KHS Am­erica. There were 17 applicants this year and the winner was an­nounced during the band’s banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 6th. The 2018 winner was Elissa Travis from Hamilton High School in Chand­ler, Arizona. Trav­is, a hornist, plans to attend Arizona State University in Tempe in the fall. As part of the application process, students must submit an essay on why they are interested in becoming a music educator along with a letter of recommendation for their band director. (3/18)

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