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2020 Fall Festival of Winds ONLINE Director Information

2020 Fall Festival of Winds ONLINE Director Information

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The 27th annual Doane University Fall Festival of Winds will take place in an ONLINE format on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Because of COVID-19 and the cancellation of nearly every music event, we will offer an online alternate experience for you and your students in lieu of an in-person, face-to-face event. There were multiple factors that went into this decision including what Doane University and your schools would allow us to do. Given the tremendous uncertainty, organizing an online alternative is probably in everyone’s best interest.

Our Featured Guests will be:
Dr. Ray E. Cramer, Director of Bands Emeritus at Indiana University in Bloomington
Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Troy University
Dr. Frank C. Tracz, Director of Bands at Kansas State University
Dr. Alexander Wimmer, Associate Director of Bands

We will offer instrument clinics with our Doane University applied instrumental faculty and a few additional professionals for both young and more advanced high school musicians. While the clinicians are working with one group, myself and some of my Doane students will provide a talk about the benefits of staying in band and playing in college.

Our Instrumental Clinicians will be:
Flute: Bridget Hill – Instructor at Doane University.
Double Reeds: Ryann Johnson – Instructor at Doane University and Concordia University.
Clarinet: Dr. Jennifer Reeves – Instructor at Doane University.
Saxophone: Dr. Andrew Janak – Instructor at Doane University and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Trumpets: Tom Kelly –  Instructor at Doane University and Concordia University. Principal Trumpet, Lincoln Symphony and Plymouth Brass.
Horn: Kaylene Beal Diaz – Orchestra Manager and Second Horn with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Horn at Concordia University.
Trombone: Andy Strain – Trombonist with the East Bay Brass Band, Tamalpais Brass, and Instructor of Trombone at Mills College who lives, performs, and records in Oakland, California.
Tuba/Euphonium: Steve Steager – Instructor at Fremont Middle School (1989-2019). Principal Tuba for the Lincoln Symphony (2007-2009), Plymouth Brass, Palladium Brass, and the only tuba player to have won the James B. Peterson Concerto Competition held annually at UNO.
Percussion: Jim Krutz – Instructor at Doane University and Concordia University. Instructor for several high school percussion programs in the area. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Schedule

There will be two tracks; one for directors and one for students.

10:00 - 10:30 AM: Welcome and Keynote address by Ray Cramer for students and directors.

Breakout sessions for Directors and Students
10:30 - 11:150 AM: 20 Questions with Directors Cramer, Blocher and Tracz moderated by Dr. Alex Wimmer

Track ONE for less experienced players
10:30 - 11:10 AM: The Essentials of Playing
11:10 - 11:50 AM: College Students on the Importance of Band

Track TWO for more advanced players
10:30 - 11:10 AM Making the most of Your Time in College - A Discussion with College Students
11:15 - 11:50 AM: Advanced Instrument Techniques for High School Players

The student information and registration can be found at:
Just a reminder that we will need emails that will allow us to send the link for students to join the online event.

There is no fee associated with the Fall Festival this year. This event is free to you and your students.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheyenne Nelson at