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About the Festival

Music For All.

The Pacific Coast Regional Wind Band Festival is one of 23 Music for All Affiliate Music Festivals around the country. This festival brings together 13 of the finest school band programs and over 700 middle and high school students from across the region. Each ensemble will perform in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center for approximately 20 minutes and will then have a 30-minute clinic with one of our renowned adjudicators.

Clinicians for the festival include: Allan McMurray, Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Major Joseph Hansen, Commander of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West.

As an affiliate regional festival with Music for All, we support their mission by being, "part of [their] ongoing support of the essential core of every music program: the concert idiom. Music for All will provide one Music for All National Festival evaluator to participate, as well as a student and teacher scholarship for each Festival to award to the Music for All Summer Symposium."

We are grateful for the support of Music for All and look forward to the performance from each ensemble.

This will be a non-rated festival.

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Deadlines & Fees

Registration for the Festival is due Friday, November 4, 2022. We anticipate that this festival will fill very quickly.

The entry fee is $550.00. Entry Fees are due Friday, November 25, 2022. If your entry fee is not received on or before this date, bands on the waiting list will be invited to fill the space. Please notify your finance department appropriately to ensure receipt of payment in time. You can print the form as an invoice for your finance dept., if necessary. Please do not process your entry fee checks until you receive confirmation of your registration. We will send you instructions on payment.

Audience Participation

It is required that participating bands register as an audience for at least 3 performing bands. Being an audience is an important educational component of this festival. A secondary form will be sent in February asking for that audience schedule.

Please submit one entry for each band that you would like to participate.

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About our Guest Adjudicators

Allan McMurray

Guest adjudicator Alan McMurray.
Guest adjudicator Alan McMurray.

Allan McMurray is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Conducting Emeritus at the University of Colorado. He served for 35 years as Director of Bands and Chair of the Conducting Faculty before retiring from CU at the end of the 2013 academic year. Prior to this position, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Considered one of the world’s leading teachers of conducting, Professor McMurray has guest conducted and taught conductors in 48 states and 15 foreign countries. He has been a featured visiting professor and conductor at over 200 universities and conservatories internationally.

During his tenure at Colorado, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony performed by invitation at major conferences and conventions, including The First International Conference for Symphonic Bands in Manchester, England; the All-Japan Band Conference in Nemo Nu Sato, Japan; the College Band Directors National Association Convention (twice); and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Hamamatsu, Japan. The ensemble also has released two CDs on the Klavier label featuring original works by composers Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann and Frank Ticheli and collaboration with the Takacs String Quartet, Patrick Mason, Baritone and Jennifer Bird-Arvidson, Soprano.

With a strong commitment to new music, Allan McMurray has been a strong proponent in commissioning and performing new compositions by American composers. He has won praise for his interpretive and expressive conducting by many composers including Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Colgrass, George Crumb, John, Harbison, Karel Husa, and Steven Stucky.

Professor McMurray has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra and has guest conducted the Colorado Symphony, the Thai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He also conducted the Prague Chamber musicians in a festival featuring the music of George Crumb in Prague and subsequently in the U.S. Mc Murray also completed four seasons with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra as conductor of Philip Feeney’s Dracula.

Professor McMurray has an internationally acclaimed DVD series on the Art of Conducting in three DVDs. He is currently working on a companion textbook to the DVD series.

Allan McMurray has received numerous honors and awards. He is Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association, a recipient of the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Directors from the National Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and has been recognized by California State University, Long Beach as "Distinguished Artist in Classical Music." In December 2004, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado designated Allan McMurray as the university’s 25th "Distinguished Professor" in recognition of his lifetime professional achievement in the teaching of conducting.

Allan McMurray remains active as an artist, conductor, teacher, and author. His schedule this year includes professional activity in California, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Washington DC, Georgia, Florida, Canada, and Australia.

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1st Marine Division Band Wind Ensemble

1st Marine Division Band Wind Ensemble
1st Marine Division Band Wind Ensemble

The 1st Marine Division Band Wind Ensemble is regarded as one of the finest military ensembles in the United States today. At full strength, this 50 to 70 man concert band performs traditional marches, overtures, instrumental solos, classical transcriptions, and patriotic favorites. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly throughout Southern California, including annual appearances at the California Center for Arts in Escondido, but has also traveled across and outside the continental United States. Highlight performances include the annual Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California and the WWI Annual Remembrance Ceremony in Belleau Wood, France.

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Rickey Badua

Guest adjudicator Rickey Badua.
Guest adjudicator Rickey Badua.

Rickey H. Badua is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble. He teaches beginning and instrumental conducting and oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program.

Prior to his appointment at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dr. Badua received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. John P. Lynch. His dissertation titled "The Maverick: An Analytical Study of Carter Pann’s Symphony for Winds: My Brother’s Brain (2014)" investigates the wind-band music of Pulitzer-finalist and Grammy-nominated composer Carter Pann through an extensive study of his most prodigious work for large ensemble. Dr. Badua was also the recipient of the Director’s Excellence and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award.

Dr. Badua’s scholarship includes wind band research in Saint Petersburg, Russia for which he received a presidential grant from the University of Georgia to study the unpublished manuscripts of 19th-century Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini at the Saint Petersburg Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art. His most current research efforts have been studying the wind-band developments in Australia and Asia.

Dr. Badua is active as a presenter and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and abroad, with appearances at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the Georgia Music Educator’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education-Northwest Division Conference; his most notable engagements include being one of the first American conductors to guest-conduct the Admiralty Navy Band of St. Petersburg, Russia and being selected as finalist for The American Prize in Wind Conducting Competition in 2015.

From 2007-2011 Dr. Badua was the Director of Bands and Arts Department Chair at Peninsula High School and District Music Coordinator of the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, WA. In these roles, he developed a comprehensive band program, which included a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Color Guard and Winter Guard. During his tenure, he raised the standard of excellence and increased enrollment from 68 to 120 students over four years, with each ensemble consistently receiving "Superior" ratings at all festival and contests in the region, most notably the Wind Ensemble’s performance at the 2011 National Association for Music Education Conference-Northwest in Bellevue, WA.

Dr. Badua is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii but upon high school graduation moved to Washington to earn his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA where he also received an honorary fellowship to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching and was a conducting student of Dr. Robert Taylor. He holds professional memberships with the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA), Southern California Schools Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), College Music Society, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensembles (WASBE) and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

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