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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.
Submit all application items to:

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

Wm. S. Haynes TexasAllstar Competition
    The Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company in conjunction with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company sponsored masterclasses in seven locations. In each class the flutists were encouraged to enter the Texas All Star competition. The competition winners for first place are Tyler Shropshire of Denton (College Di­vision), Joanna Kim of Austin (High School Division), and Medha Gol­lapudi of Frisco (Middle School Di­vision). They will receive respectively a Custom Silver flute, a Haynes Q2, and an Amadeus 780 flute. The winners will perform with Latin Grammy winner and Haynes Artist Nestor Torres along with the University of Texas-San Antonio Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Adrian Ruiz at the Texas Music Educators convention. For more information, visit (3/19)

Sibelius 2019 Released
    Avid has announced the immediate availability of Sibelius, its popular music notation software. The new version includes added features that improve review workflows and score navigation and composition. A review mode allows users to grant limited access to view, navigate, and copy passages and play back scores without risking accidental changes. Users can also navigate to any location in a score and immediately start playback. (3/19)

Peterson Upgrades StroboStomp
    Peterson Strobe Tuners announced the next version of their StroboStomp pedal. Expanding on a lineup begun in the early 2000s, the StroboStomp HD includes several user requested features, including a variable multi-color display, pop-less true-bypass function, and buffered output mode. Users can customize the LCD-based color display using the Peterson Connect app. The new pedal will begin shipping in April at a price of $129. (3/19)

Midwest Clinic Proposals Due
    Clinic sessions at the Midwest Clinic cover a range of topics at every level from elementary to higher education. Proposals music be submitted electronically through the Midwest website by Monday, March 11. For more details, visit (3/19)

New Products and Publications

    The 2018 Midwest Clinic will include several awards for leading figures in school music. The Midwest Medal of Honor will be presented to four people.
    Robert Floyd is the long-time Executive Director of the Texas Music Educators Association and taught for 25 years in the Richardson ISD. After five years as a junior high school teacher, he became Director of Bands at L.V. Berkner High School. The Berkner program earned three honor band titles and performed at the Midwest in 1990. He became Executive Director of TMEA in 1992 and has overseen its annual convention and publication of its journal, Southwestern Musician. He has been a leading advocate for school music in Texas.
    Mary Jo Papich is the co-founder and first president of the Jazz Educators Network. She taught in the public schools for over 35 years and retired in 2009 as Fine and Applied Arts Chair at Highland Park High School in Illinois. She served as district Fine Arts Coordinator of 35 schools in the Peoria Public School System and was the founder and director of the Peoria Jazz All Stars. Among many other honors, Papich received a Lifetime Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat magazine.
    Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota. He served in a similar post as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for 14 years. He is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and a member of the American Bandmasters Association. He was the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.
    Stanley F. Nosal is retired chairperson of the music department and director of orchestral activities at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has received wide acclaim for his work as a string teacher, conductor, and music educator. During 32 years at Tremper, he build a comprehensive music program encompassing band, orchestra, and choir. He brought the strolling strings concept to life, and his strolling groups have performed for NATO, the Midwest, the American embassy in Rome, and the White House. He developed the first Wisconsin State Honors Project. (12/18)

    Composer Philip Sparke will receive the Midwest’s International award for 2018. He was born in London and studied composition, trumpet, and piano at the Royal College of Music. He has twice won the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Me­mo­rial Band Competition Contest for his works Music of the Spheres and A Colour Symphony. Since 2000 he has been a full-time composer and publisher through his company, Anglo Music Press. (12/18)

    The Music Industry Award will go to Steve West of the West Music Company. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1969, West joined the business founded by his father in 1941. Steve West became president of the company in 1983. West Music has grown to seven stores in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. West has given strong support to school music programs and has several e-commerce sites related to elementary music, music therapy, professional flutes, and professional percussion. He is a past president of NAMM and the National Association of School Music Dealers. (12/18)

    The NBA AWAPA award, considered the Oscar of the band world, will be presented to long-time professor of music and director of Michigan State University bands, John Whitwell. He began his teaching career in 1965 with positions in the public schools of Jackson and Ann Arbor Michigan. He joined Michigan State in 1993 and remained until his retirement in 2011. He is a past member of the Midwest Clinic board. (12/18)

New Battisti Release from Meredith
    Meredith Music Publications has announced the publication of The New Winds of Change: The Evolution of the Contemporary American Wind Band/Ensemble and Its Music by Frank L. Battisti. This volume is a new and expanded version of Winds of Change I & II, and contains much new information on literature, important conferences, concerts, and e­vents from the 19th century through 2015. The 480-page book, which includes an introduction by Thomas Duffy, Di­rector of University Bands at Yale, will retail for $44.95. Meredith Music Publications are exclusively distributed by the Hal Leonard Corporation. (11/18)

Honors and Appointments and Other Music News
Young Texas Artists Music Competition Winners Announced

    The 2019 Young Texas Artists Music Competition Grand Prize winner was Russian pianist Artem Kuznetsov, a graduate student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He also won the Gold Medal in the competition’s Piano Division. The Voice Division Gold Medal was awarded to mezzo-soprano Brennan Blankenship. The Strings Division Gold Medal went to cellist Lukas Goodman, and flutist Won Lee was named the Gold winner in the Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar Division. (4/19)

Buffet Crampon Clarinet and Tuba Academies
The 2019 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy will be July 8-13 in Jacksonville, Florida and is open to student clarinetists ages 18-26. The student/teacher ratio is 4:1, giving students an opportunity to live and work closely with the internationally acclaimed Artist Faculty, which features J. Lawrie Bloom, Florent Héau, Wonkak Kim, Gregory Raden, and Ronald Van Spaendonck.
The second annual Buffet Crampon Tuba Academy will be at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater from July 22-27. All students will take part in individual lessons, group clinics, performances, chamber music, and mock auditions. All students attending the academy must be 18 or over. This year’s Artist Faculty includes Derek Fenstermacher, Andreas Hofmeir, Ryan Robinson, and Roland Szentpali.

ChopSaver Endorsement

    Popular swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has endorsed ChopSaver lip treatment. The group has played together for over 25 years, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. The band continues its mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music. (11/18)

Record Gift to West Chester University

    West Chester University in Penn­sylvania has received a three-million-dollar gift from James R. Wells and Richard G. Wells, brothers who both graduated from West Chester’s School of Music. The school will be renamed for the men, who established Festivals of Music and World Travel in 1983. After majoring in music at West Chester, James R. Wells later became full professor, directing the marching band, and teaching in the music education and music history departments. He created the Marching Band and Band Front Conference in 1970. Richard G. Wells majored in music at West Chester and taught for 29 years at Kutztown University as associate professor in the music department and director of bands. He created the jazz program at Kutztown in 1971. The gift was formally announced at a concert on campus on September 27, 2018. (11/18)

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