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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 5, 2021. We anticipate that this festival will fill very quickly.

The entry fee is $550.00. Entry Fees are due Friday, November 26, 2021. 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.


We encourage you to select your repertoire from the MFA Core Repertoire list:

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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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United States Air Force Band of the Golden West

USAF Band of the Golden West Commander, Maj. Joseph S. Hansen
Guest adjudicator Major Joseph S. Hansen

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, California. The only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is comprised of about 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians under the command of Major Joseph S. Hansen. In addition to performing for civilian communities throughout the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada, the band supports 13 Air Force Bases, 8 Air Force Reserve Wings, and 6 recruiting squadrons in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners.

The organization offers several outstanding performing groups: Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band, Commanders jazz ensemble, Mobility popular music ensemble, Travis Brass quintet, Golden West Winds woodwind quintet, and Galaxy popular music ensemble. Additionally, the Band of the Golden West provides solo vocalists for the performance of our National Anthem and solo buglers for Taps details.

The Band of the Golden West has performed for gubernatorial inaugurations, with guest artists such as Marvin Stamm, Arturo Sandoval and Bob Hope, and for the fans of Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Infineon NASCAR races. In the last ten years the band has led off three Tournament of Roses parades in Pasadena, CA.

USAF Band of the Golden West
USAF Band of the Golden West

In 2004, the USAF Band of the Golden West was honored to support the interment ceremony of President Ronald Reagan in Simi Valley, CA, an event, viewed by a global TV audience of over 400 million. More recent events include featured performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Pentatonix.

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Emily Moss

Guest adjudicator Emily Moss.
Guest adjudicator Emily Moss.

Dr. Emily A. Moss is the Director of Bands and Director of Instrumental Music Education for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. Her duties include direction of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and instruction in instrumental music education methods. Her previous appointment (2008-2011) was at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where she served as Director of the Conservatory Wind Ensemble and Coordinator of Music Education.

Originally from Seattle, WA, Dr. Moss earned her bachelor’s degrees in music and music education at the University of Washington, studying conducting with Timothy Salzman and bassoon performance with Arthur Grossman. She taught middle school band and private bassoon lessons in Chandler, AZ and Seattle, WA for six years where her bands received honors and awards from regional and state festivals. While serving as a teaching assistant with the University bands at the University of Northern Colorado, she earned her master’s degree in Wind Conducting and the Doctor of Arts in Music Education and Bassoon Performance, studying with Kenneth Singleton, Richard Mayne and Charles Hansen.

As a conductor and clinician, Dr. Moss has been invited to guest conduct at middle schools, high schools and universities in Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and California and regularly gives band clinics throughout Southern California. She is also an accomplished bassoonist, actively performing during her degree programs in Washington and Colorado, with the Conservatory Orchestra and other ensembles at Brooklyn College, and for faculty recitals at Cal State L.A.

Dr. Moss is passionate about music education and effective teaching. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Cal State L.A., she is actively involved in exploring and finding ways to improve student learning. She was recently awarded a planning grant from the Lipton/Modarres Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to develop a Pre-Service Teaching component within the B.M. in Music Education program at CSULA. She can be seen presenting at conferences across the United States on topics ranging from effective rehearsing and good ensemble tone to practical tips for non-percussionist band directors. Her professional memberships include College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), California Band Directors Association (CBDA), National Band Association (NBA), and the National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi.

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