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: Gary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Dr. Thomas Lee, Director of Bands Emeritus from UCLA and Dr. Emily Moss, Director of Bands and Director of Instrumental Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles.
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.
Maps & Location
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About our Guest Adjudicators
Gary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, teaches conducting and serves as the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble. He has conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and has been invited on numerous occasions to conduct at the prestigious College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He served for many years as the chair of the Frost School’s Department of Instrumental Performance.
Green holds a B.M. from Boise State University and a M.M. from the University of Idaho. He began his career as director of bands at University High School in Spokane, Washington, one of the most widely respected band programs in the nation. He was then recruited to the University of Connecticut as conductor of the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band, before moving to Miami for his current faculty appointment at Frost.
Throughout his career, Green has received numerous honors and awards. His recent conducting activities include events in Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and others. In addition, he is an in-demand conductor and clinician for all state, regional, national, and international honor bands.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Emeritus, Director of Bands, Emeritus UCLA, Thomas Lee holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (1971), as well as two degrees from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a student of Don Marcouiller.
Previous to his appointment at UCLA, he was the Founder/Conductor of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in Austin and was director of the graduate program in Band Conducting. Before his appointment at Texas, Dr. Lee was founder/conductor of the Ohio University Wind Ensemble where he received a research grant to develop an innovative approach to teaching conducting through non-verbal communication (1973).
Since his arrival at UCLA in 1985, the UCLA Wind Ensemble received international acclaim as well as significant prominence for performances at national and regional conferences as well as well as recordings of important composers. Dr. Lee is especially known for musical performances as well as for creative programming, balancing both traditional and contemporary literature. In addition, he has a special commitment to the commissioning of new music by American composers.
Professor Lee created several new programs within the Wind Ensemble performance venue that includes collaboration between the Society of Los Angeles Film Composers and the Wind Ensemble. This resulted in an internship program for UCLA students to work directly with the most acclaimed film composers.
Currently, there are a large number of conducting students of Professor Lee that hold university, high school, and middle school conducting positions throughout the USA. He is particularly proud of these conductors and their achievement.
Dr. Lee has been invited to guest conduct with All-State Bands and music festivals in all parts of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, and Asia. In addition, Professor Lee has given innumerable workshops on all aspects of conducting and interpretation of music with special emphasis in the area of non-verbal communication skills.
The UCLA Wind Ensemble participated in the International New Music Forum in Mexico City presenting several premieres during two concerts. The UCLA Wind Ensemble was the only American university music group so honored. In 1992, Lee conducted the Wind Ensemble’s performance of student works on the CBS Evening News (New Year’s Eve) which was nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Since his retirement from UCLA, Lee has maintained a full schedule of Guest Conducting and leading Conducting Workshops.