Concert Band Festival

2019 Festival

February 11th - 14th, 2019

Le Parc Conference and Banquet Centres
Markham/Thornhill Banquet Hall

8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill ON


Note: this schedule is subject to minor changes


2019 Adjudicators


Shelley Axelson McCauley
Assistant Professor, Cali School of Music,
Director of Campus-Community Band, Pep Band
Montclair State University, New Jersey


Before coming to the Cali School, Shelley Axelson held a similar position at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her responsibilities included teaching conducting, clarinet and a variety of instrumental music education classes. Prior to her appointment at Indianapolis, Prof. Axelson was the Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida (co-author of Secondary Music Curriculum), and Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, Texas. Prof. Axelson received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University. Her principal conducting teachers were Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds.


Douglas Bush
Lecturer, Assistant Director of Bands
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Douglas W. Bush is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His responsibilities include visual design for the Cornhusker Marching Band, conducting the campus bands and the Big Red Express, teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers, and assisting with the administration of all university bands.

Bush received his B.M.E. from the University of Kentucky (1981), where he studied visual design with Gordon Henderson and trumpet with Vincent DiMartino, and received his M.M. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2002). Prior to his appointment as assistant director, Bush served as a lecturer in music education. Before joining the faculty at Nebraska, Bush spent 20 years as a high school band director in Kentucky and Ohio. His concert and marching bands received consistent superior ratings, and performed in Cincinnati, Morgantown, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Toronto.

Bush has studied wind conducting with Carolyn Barber, William H. Clarke, Paula Crider, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, James Croft, Larry Rachlef, John Whitwell, Rodney Winther, and Arthur Weisberg. His affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, Nebraska Bandmasters, Nebraska Music Educator's Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Central States Judges Association. He is an active clinician, arranger, visual designer and adjudicator throughout the mid-west.


Cormac Cannon
Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, School of Music,
University of South Carolina


Cormac Cannon is Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina, where guides all aspects of the athletic band program including directing the 350-member “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” USC Marching Band. He also conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches undergraduate conducting. Cannon joins the USC faculty following six years on the music faculty at Michigan State University, where he was Associate Director of Athletic Bands, conducted the Concert Band and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and taught courses in conducting and music education.

Cannon earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He received the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance and music education from the University of Iowa. From 2001-2005 Cannon served as director of bands at Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Iowa, and from 2006-2007 was music director and conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Cannon is an active composer, arranger, lecturer, and author. He has composed original works on commission from school and university ensembles throughout the United States and has collaborated as an arranger for marching, concert, country and western, and electronic ensembles. His wind ensemble transcription of John Adams' The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot For Orchestra was recently hailed by the composer as "remarkable" and "wonderfully inspired." Cannon has been a featured presenter at numerous state and national music conferences, including the Midwest Clinic. Dr. Cannon is co-author of The Complete Marching Band Resource Manual, published by University of Pennsylvania Press. He is featured in Composers on Composing for Band Volume IV, and has contributed to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, both published by GIA Music.


John Climer
Director of University Bands
Professor of Music, Conducting
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts


John Climer is Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, John oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind band. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served for fourteen years as Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he served as conductor of the Wind Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at festivals, universities, and concert venues nationally and internationally including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatorio di Musica in Salerno, Italy. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), including the 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, five conferences of the Ohio Music Educators Association, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Wisconsin State Music Conference, and the Society of Composers Inc. In July of 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble performed for the 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA.

An avid supporter of new music, Climer has participated in numerous commissioning projects culminating in works by composers Roberto Sierra, Chen Yi, Walter Mays, John Orfe, Robert Rodriguez, Andre Previn, Warren Benson, Akira Miyoshi among others. In addition, the UW-Milwaukee band program has collaborated with renowned composers Joseph Schwantner, Michael Colgrass, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Mark Camphouse, Jack Stamp, Aaron Perrine, Mark Phillips and Frank Ticheli. In April of 2019, the UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble will give the premiere performance of Roger Zare’s new concerto for oboe and wind ensemble with Katherine Young Steele as the soloist.

John is the recipient of three university teaching awards including the Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from the University of Akron. He is Past-President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the former Editor of the CBDNA Report. He is a contributing author for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and his professional memberships include Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the College Band Directors National Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His biography is published in the third edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and in the spring of 2019 he will be inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Climer earned degrees from the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Gary W. Hill and Terence Milligan, and trombone with Edward Zadrozny, Tony Chipurn, and John Leisenring. He has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio Northern University, and Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where he also served as the conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.


Karen Fannin
Assistant Director, School of Music / Director of Bands
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Karen Fannin is Associate Professor, Director of Bands, and Assistant Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, instructs courses in music education, and provides leadership for all aspects of the UNO band program.

Previously, Dr. Fannin served as Director of Bands and Department Chair at Hendrix College. While in Arkansas, Dr. Fannin also held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony. A native of Iowa, Dr. Fannin began her teaching career in the Lynnville-Sully Schools as Director of Bands and subsequently served as Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School in suburban Chicago.

Dr. Fannin maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Recent professional engagements include a residency in Guangdong, China, a conference presentation in Stockholm, Sweden, and guest conducting or adjudicating in Canada, Alaska, Washington, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. An active presenter, Dr. Fannin has shared her research at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Passionate about making interdisciplinary connections that impact a conductor’s work with an ensemble, Dr. Fannin has presented on topics such as pacing in rehearsals and performance, communication in music, parallels between the ensemble and business, and the lineage of Nadia Boulanger through wind repertoire. She is published in the Journal of Band Research and is a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA.

Dr. Fannin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Colorado where she studied with Allan McMurray; a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University as a student of Mallory Thompson; and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Timothy J. Robblee
Director of Bands and Associate Professor, Conducting
Shenandoah University


Tim Robblee is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, teaches conducting and conducts the Wind Ensemble and EDGE Ensemble. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University where he was also music director and conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Previously, Robblee has also served as Director of Bands at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and Willamette University in Salem, OR. Prior to graduate study, he taught for eight years as an instrumental music educator in the Palo Alto, California public schools where his students and ensembles were recognized for excellence on a state and national level, including recognition from the 1997 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards as the Outstanding High School Jazz Combo.

Robblee maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor in the United States, Canada, and Asia. He is published as part of GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. As an advocate of music in the public schools, he has presented at music education conferences throughout North America and adjudicated at numerous music festivals. Robblee maintains active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble.

Robblee received his B.A. Music Education, from Whitworth College; M.M. in Conducting, from Northwestern University; and a Ph.D. in Wind Conducting and Music Education, from the University of Minnesota.



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