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The Second Annual Invitational Band Festival was held on March 29-30, 2012 with invited composer/clinician, Dr. Frank Ticheli conducting the Tarleton Wind Ensemble.  In addition to Dr. Ticheli, two of our adjudicators guest conducted on the Friday evening concert.  Director of Bands, Dr. Anthony Pursell conducted the world premier of Jordan Grelle's (BA, 11) Conflict.  After the premier of Conflict, Jordan was invited to the stage where Dr. Pursell asked him to compose another original work for band to be premiered during the TIBF III.

Florentiner March, Fucik, Mr. Ray James, guest conductor
Symphony #1, The Lord of the Rings, Movement #5, The Hobbits, deMeij, Dr. Joseph Hebert, guest conductor
Conflict, Grelle, Dr. Anthony Pursell, conductor (WORLD PREMIER)

All Selections Listed Below Were Composed & Conducted By Frank Ticheli
Angels in the Architecture

Frank Ticheli, Composer-in-Residence

Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).  Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition.  From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony, and he still enjoys a close working relationship with that orchestra and their music director, Carl St. Clair.

Frank Ticheli's orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, and others.

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming, Austria, at the Mid-Europe Music Festival; London and Manchester, England, with the Meadows Wind Ensemble; Singapore, with the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band; and numerous cities in Japan, with the Bands of America National Honor Band.

Frank Ticheli is the winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest for his Symphony No. 2. Other awards for his music include the Charles Ives and the Goddard Lieberson Awards, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music. He is a national honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he was named by the American School Band Directors Association as the 2009 recipient of the A. Austin Harding Award, bestowed to individuals "who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America."

Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, and Mark Records.

Promotional Video for 2nd Annual Invitational Band Festival

Our National Adjudicators


Dr. Joseph Hebert
Director of Bands
Loyola University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dr. Hebert's Bio

gw Dr. Gary Westbrook
Associate Director of Bands
Tarleton State University
Stephenville, Texas
Dr. Westbrook's Bio
ray Dr. Ray James
Director of Bands
Baker University
Baldwin City, Kansas

2012 Bands

Henderson Junior High School
Jerry Stallismith, director

Archer City High School
Priscilia Gibson, director

Wakeland High School
Gerry Miller, director

Decatur High School
Doug Fulwood, director

Hico High School
Bobby Yerigan, director

Stephenville High School
Mike Childs, director

Gatesville High School
Mike Devenport, director

Maypearl High School
Brian Cupp, director

Tarleton State Symphonic Band
Gary Westbrook, director

Granbury High School
Mark Eastin, director

Angelo State University
Dr. Daniel McCloud, director