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University and Symphonic Bands

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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This performance is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.


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J. Benjamin Jones, conductor
Cole Hairston, conductor
Carolina Perez, conductor


Sun Dance




Rikudim: Four Israeli Folk Dances


Dream Machine


Festal Scenes


Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
Carolina Perez, graduate conductor


A Jubliant Overture


Rusty Air in Carolina


Summerland from Three Visions


Blue Dawn Into White Heat


Old Home Days



The University Band is comprised of approximately 85 musicians, both music majors and non-majors, who join together to perform two concerts each semester. This ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing challenging music of artistic and historical significance. Membership in University Band is open to the entire campus community and offers a great opportunity to enjoy an immersive musical experience.

Read about Ben Jones

BEN JONES is in his second year of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to his graduate studies, Ben taught in the public school system of North Carolina as the Director of Bands at Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, where he oversaw marching and concert bands and collaborative efforts within the community. An advocate for music education and building leaders in school music programs, Ben has presented leadership training workshops, worked with young music educators, adjudicated, and served as a guest clinician for many band programs around the Carolinas.

While at UNCG, Ben has served as the principal conductor of the University Band and was the co-conductor of the Symphonic Band during the 2018–19 school year. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Wind Ensemble, Casella Sinfonietta, and has served as an instructor in undergraduate instrumental conducting.

Ben is a native of Gastonia, NC, and holds a BME from the University of South Carolina and an MM in Instrumental Conducting from UNCG. He has studied with Dr. Kevin Geraldi, Dr. John Locke, and Dr. Jonathan Caldwell, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

The Symphonic Band is a select ensemble of approximately 55 music majors, chosen by audition, who join together to perform two concerts each semester. The Symphonic Band provides a challenging musical environment for skilled performers by performing repertoire that includes works for chamber winds, standards of the band literature, and brand new works for the medium. Faculty soloists are frequently featured in performance with the ensemble.

Read about Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan CaldwellJONATHAN CALDWELL is Assistant Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and is associate conductor of the UNCG Wind Ensemble. Prior to his appointment at UNCG, Caldwell held positions at Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and Garner Magnet High School (Raleigh, NC), and conducted the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble.

Ensembles under Caldwell’s guidance have performed at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, the National Band Association–Wisconsin Chapter Convention, and in Carnegie Hall. His writings have been published in the Journal of Band Research and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He has given presentations at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, national CBDNA conferences, and the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference.

Caldwell received a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Caldwell’s conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Michael Votta, Jerry Schwiebert, James Ross, and Tonu Kalam. He has studied horn with Gregory Miller, Kimberly Van Pelt, Andrew McAfee, Pamela Halverson, and Alan Mattingly.

Caldwell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Conductors Guild. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Alpha Rho), Tau Beta Sigma (Beta Eta), Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.


February 18
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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UNCG Auditorium
408 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27412 United States
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