2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Music Ensemble: Inside and Out How to for music clarity in your ensemble

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John Pasquale
University of Michigan, Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting, Director of the University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands

An international conductor, author and lecturer, Dr. John D. Pasquale, holds the Donald R. Shepherd Professorship in Conducting at the University of Michigan. He serves as Director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting. Additionally, he is an instructor of music at the Bund Deutscher Blasmusikverbände e.V. Musikakademie in Staufen, Germany.

Prof. Pasquale's research interests include the intersection of the conductor as artistic leader and ensemble pedagogue, codification of instrumental and ensemble pedagogy and teaching of aural analysis skills to conductors. The culmination of this work is presented within the book “Probenmethodik Blasorchester: Geführtes Hören in der Ensemblearbeit,” published by Helbling Verlag in Esslingen, Germany, and the English edition, “The Directed Listening Model: A Rehearsal Guide for Ensemble Musicianship,” published by the authors. In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Pasquale served as an ensemble music consultant with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Associate Brass Caption Manager of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and taught ensemble music at the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers were named Drum Corps International World Champions three times and were the recipient of two Jim Ott Awards.

Dr. Pasquale is in demand as a conductor, clinician, pedagogue, and adjudicator in band and orchestra programs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge

W L Whaley is the former Director of Bands at Pomona High School, Arvada, Colorado.  He is currently the Executive Director of AdvantEdge Tours LLC and Chief Judge for the Colorado Bandmasters Association.  He serves as a clinician, consultant, designer, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has adjudicated for DCI, WGI, BOA, and numerous state associations.       

 Mr. Whaley has been selected into the Colorado Music Educators “Hall of Fame, the Colorado Bandmasters Association “Hall of Fame” and Phi Beta Mu “Most Outstanding Band Director.

Jack Yonce
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chairman of Concert Band Activities

Jack Yonce is a freelance music educator, conductor, adjudicator and musician, having retired in May 2018 after twenty one years as Director of Bands at Cheyenne Mountain High School and twenty-eight years in public school music education.  Groups under Mr. Yonce’s direction have been selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association Annual Convention thirteen times, to the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times, and have performed three times in Carnegie Hall and in the Kennedy Center and Dallas Meyerson Center.

Jack is a past president of the Colorado chapter of Phi Beta Mu and the Colorado Bandmasters Association;  he currently serves the C.B.A. as Chairman of Concert Band Activities.  Jack has been named a Cheyenne Mountain High School Teacher of the Year twice, a Gateway High School “Unique Teacher of the Year”, a University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music Outstanding Alumnus, and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.  He was the Phi Beta Mu “Most Outstanding Band Director” in 2017, inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2018, and the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2020.