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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.

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 3, 2023. We anticipate that this festival will fill very quickly.

The entry fee is $550.00. Entry Fees are due Friday, November 24, 2023. 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

Gary Hill

Guest adjudicator Gary Hill.
Guest adjudicator Gary Hill.

Gary W. Hill, Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at Arizona State University, where he taught from 1999-2019, is one of the most sought-after guest conductors and clinicians in the wind band field. As a conductor, appearances in more than a dozen countries and throughout the United States have included performances with many professional ensembles, numerous college and university wind bands and orchestras, myriad high school honor bands (including dozens of All-State bands), at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles’ conferences. As a clinician, Hill has presented hundreds of workshops on conducting and rehearsal technique for music teachers of all levels and has worked with thousands of bands and orchestras and their teachers. Professor Hill is currently a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

Prior to Hill’s appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (1986-99), at Texas A&M University-Commerce, (1982-86), and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1980-82). He also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble and for newEar, a professional chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music. Hill began his teaching career in Michigan, where he was Director of Bands for the Traverse City (1977-80) and West Bloomfield (1974-77) public schools.

High school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill’s direction have given performances for the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME), the College Band Directors National Association, the American Bandmasters Association, the International Horn Symposium, the National Flute Association, at many state conventions, and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Performances conducted by him have consistently drawn praise from composers, performing musicians, and critics alike for their insightful, inspired, and cohesive realizations, and for their imaginative programming.

During Professor Hill’s 39 years as a collegiate conducting teacher, he taught scores of undergraduate and graduate conducting students and served as the primary mentor for 54 MM & DMA wind band conducting majors, 8 of whom are serving as conductors of US Armed Forces ensembles and other professional groups, and 44 who won university teaching positions.

Hill remains passionately involved with research concerning the exploration of biochemical reactions spawned by musical processes, the art and craft of conducting, and the past, present, and future of instrumental music in schools. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles published in music journals (CBDNA Journal, WASBE Journal, Bands of America, National Association of Schools of Music, AMEA Journal, etc.) and in other journals, proceedings, and books, including: The Acoustical Society of America; The Oxford Handbook of Making Music and Leisure; and in the journal Hormones and Behavior. Hill has discussed his research as a keynote speaker at many regional, national, and international meetings.

Professor Hill is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he hosted the "Fiftieth Anniversary National Conference" (1991), co-hosted the 2019 biennial national conference, as well as the joint conferences of the North Central and Southwestern Divisions in conjunction with The Society for American Music (1998), served as president of the Southwestern Division (1989-91), and as national president (2003-05).

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Brian Hamilton

Guest adjudicator Brian Hamilton.
Guest adjudicator Brian Hamilton.

Brian Hamilton has been the Director of Bands at Long Beach City College since the fall of 2000. Ensembles at LBCC that he has conducted include the LBCC Wind Ensemble, the Viking Show Band, LBCC Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Community Orchestra, the LBCC Wind Symphony, as well as various small chamber ensembles.

Mr. Hamilton started his undergraduate degree at Long Beach City College under the direction of Dr. Gary Thomas Scott and Roger Johnson. After his two-year stay at Long Beach City College, he transferred to UCLA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

In the spring of 2000, Mr. Hamilton received his Master of Music degree in conducting where he studied with Dr. Thomas Lee at UCLA.

He has been a member of various musical organizations and is a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the state of California. Mr. Hamilton also regularly teaches Music Fundamentals and History of Rock.

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Charles Menghini

Guest adjudicator Charles Menghini.
Guest adjudicator Charles Menghini.

Dr. Charles T. Menghini is President Emeritus of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Menghini served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands from 1994-2017. Prior to his appointment at VanderCook, he spent 18 years as a high school band director in Missouri and Kansas where his bands earned national acclaim.

Charlie currently hosts two podcasts: Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends, available on Apple podcasts, and Essential Elements Band Talk with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Paul Lavender, available on the website.

Co-author of the Essential Elements Band Method published by Hal Leonard, Charlie is also an Educational Member of the Music Achievement Council for NAMM.

Menghini is active as a speaker, clinician and conductor around the nation. He frequently presents at state and national music education conferences, works with teachers and school districts in a variety of forums and continues to write for professional magazines and journals. In 2019, Menghini was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Midwest Clinic for his life’s work as a band director, teacher and educator.

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