Hazo to guest conduct at 3rd annual Invitational Band Festival

3rd annual Tarleton Band Festival

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Guest composer and conductor Samuel R. Hazo will lead the 3rd annual Tarleton Invitational Band Festival March 27-28 in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.

Hazo, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., became the first composer in history to be awarded the winner of both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association, and has composed for the professional, university and public school levels in addition to writing original scores for television, radio and the stage.

His original symphonic compositions include performances with actors Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, David Conrad and Richard Kiley. In 2012, two of Hazo’s compositions were performed during the Summer Olympic Games in London. In 2004, Hazo’s compositions were listed in a published national survey of the “Top 20 Compositions of All Time” for wind band.

Serving as a music educator at every grade level, from kindergarten through college, Hazo has been invited to guest conduct more than 50 university ensembles and, as of 2013, one-third of the All-State bands in the United States. He was twice named “Teacher of Distinction” by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Teachers’ Excellence Foundation, and is a recipient of multiple awards presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).

Hazo received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duquesne University where he served on the board of governors and was named among Duquesne’s Outstanding Graduates in music education. He currently serves as a lecturer and clinician for Hal Leonard Corporation and is also sponsored by Sibelius Music Software.

“Sam Hazo is a very down-to-earth composer. He is an educator first and a great composer,” said Dr. Anthony Pursell, director of bands at Tarleton. “He is the perfect fit for bands that are growing and bands that are established. We are extremely happy to have him here working with our students and our visiting directors.”

The Tarleton Invitational Band Festival offers a first-class performance and music education experience for outstanding middle school, high school and college bands. The invitational is a select festival that honors excellence in music performance. The festival offers each invited band the opportunity to perform in the Clyde H. Wells Concert Auditorium with Hazo in attendance. After each concert presentation, the composer will give a public clinic on stage.

This year, the Band Festival will serve 14 concert ensembles and welcome approximately 1,200 students to the Tarleton campus. Each of the following concerts are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, March 27:
9 a.m. - Stephenville High School Concert Band
10 a.m. - Early High School
1 p.m. - Hirschi High School
2 p.m. - Troy High School
3 p.m. - Stephenville High School Symphonic Band
7:30 p.m. - Angelo State University Wind Ensemble and Tarleton Symphonic Band

Thursday, March 28:
9 a.m. - Tolar High School
10 a.m. - Gatesville High School
11 a.m. - Maypearl High School
1 p.m. - Wakeland High School
2 p.m. - DeSoto High School
3 p.m. - Farley Middle School
6 p.m. - Granbury High School

The schedule is subject to change. Visit the Current News section of the Department of Music’s website for an up-to-date schedule at www.tarleton.edu/band.

The Invitational Band Festival will conclude with Hazo leading the Tarleton Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Concert Auditorium. During the concert, Tarleton music alumnus Jordan Grelle (2011) will have one of his latest compositions premiered as part of the Invitational Band Festival.

Last year, Grelle’s work for wind band, Conflict, received its world premier and a standing ovation. Pursell asked Grelle to compose a sequel to this work that contrasted in style and attitude. “Jordan is a highly talented musician and composer and we were blown away at his ability to compose such a great work with Conflict. I wanted Jordan to explore a very gentle and haunting contrast and have it premiered during this year’s Invitational,” said Pursell.

Grelle’s newest work, From a Whisper, will be premiered during the Wind Ensemble's final performance of the Invitational. “For Jordan to have two of his works premiered here at his alma mater is a great opportunity for his career and for Tarleton. It shows the music community the growth of our instrumental music program and our place as a leader in the creation of new literature for the profession,” said Pursell. “Our current students also benefit as they get to work with the composer as the work continues to unfold. It is equally impressive that Jordan is gaining attention nationally with other directors who have assisted in the creation of this work with the consortium. To say we are proud of him is an understatement.”

Tickets for the Tarleton State Wind Ensemble are $5.  Faculty, staff and students are free with a Tarleton ID.

For more information regarding tickets for the Tarleton Wind Ensemble’s performance, call 254-968-9291.


Tarleton State University
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