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Wind Ensemble • Eric Willie, timpani

February 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Free
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33rd Annual
Carolina Band Festival
and Conductors Conference


Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
Eric Willie, timpani
Patricia Cornett, guest conductor
Andrea Brown, guest conductor
Scott Teeple, guest conductor


DAY

Dancing Fire

BACH

Fervent is My Longing, BWV 727
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578

DOOLEY

Point Blank

DAUGHERTY

Raise the Roof

TUTTLE

The Time Traveler (world premiere)


  


Audiences and Tickets
Tickets are required to attend any concert or recital in person. Patrons must sit in their assigned seat.
Face Coverings
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are strongly encouraged, but not required, while inside the performance hall.

Described as a “true musical talent and professional” Eric Willie has a varied career as a percussion soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.

Having performed on three continents, Eric has presented solo performances throughout the United States, Russia, Brasil, and Colombia. Most recently, Eric performed as soloist with the Tamborimba Ensamble in Cali, Colombia, and conducted Edgard Varese’s “Ionisation” at the III Encontro Percussivo in Recife, Pernambuco Brasil. In the United States, Eric has performed or conducted at ten Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions (PASIC), presented at the Midwest Clinic, as well as several state days of percussion and music educator conventions.

As a chamber musician, Eric performs with the Nief-Norf Project and the Legal Wood Project. As well, as an avid promoter of new music for percussion, Eric has commissioned and/or premiered works by Christopher Adler, Michael Burritt, Doug Bristol, Eric Cha-Beach, Elliott Cole, Greg Danner, Christopher Deane, Paul Lansky, Anna Meadors, Marc Mellits, Leroy Osmon, John Psathas, Josh Quillen, Baljinder Sekhon, Adam Silverman, D.J. Sparr, Jason Treuting, Blake Tyson, Alejandro Viñao, Matt Walker, Jamie Whitmarsh, and James Wood.

Active within the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Eric previously served as Chair of the International Percussion Ensemble Committee, President of the Tennessee Chapter, as a New Literature and Recordings Reviewer for Percussive Notes journal, and now serves as Vice President for the North Carolina Chapter of the Society. His percussion ensembles have been named winners of the 2015 and 2020 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

In addition to his talents as a classical percussionist, Eric is known for his marching percussion arranging and teaching experience. He has served on staff with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, served as a Percussion Consultant with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013), and instructor and/or arranger for the Spirit, Southwind, Carolina Crown, and the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corps. He has also instructed for the University of North Texas “A” Line, Music City Mystique, and as Faculty for the Music for All World Percussion Symposium.

As an author and composer, his books and solo have been published by Innovative Percussion, TapSpace, and Row-Loff. The latter, his coauthored “All-Inclusive Audition Etudes” book, has been adopted for use by the North Carolina and Tennessee Music Educator’s Associations.

Currently, Eric serves as Professor of Percussion Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directs a comprehensive percussion program. In addition to his teaching opportunities, Eric has served as Chair of the School of Music Faculty, as Chair of the Brass and Percussion Area, as well as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.


The UNCG Wind Ensemble is a highly select concert band of fifty performers majoring in music at the UNCG School of Music. Performers in the current Wind Ensemble are drawn from sixteen states, Slovenia, and Hong Kong. The ensemble has enjoyed a distinguished record of performance throughout its history. In January 1992, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed “A Tribute to John Philip Sousa” to a capacity crowd of 2,700 at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Twice, the Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post following concerts in the nation’s capital. The Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the eastern United States in recent years including the first-ever performance, in 1987, by a North Carolina collegiate ensemble in Lincoln Center, New York City. The Wind Ensemble performed that same year in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Wind Ensemble has recorded nineteen commercially-available albums which have received widespread praise.

In 1985, the Wind Ensemble performed a series of concerts with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-conductor Karel Husa. In 1988, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed in New Orleans, Louisiana by invitation of the College Band Directors National Association for the Southern Division convention. On a number of occasions, the Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered works from leading band composers. In November of 1990, the Wind Ensemble performed for the Southern Division of MENC convention. In February 1994, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed for a convention of the CBDNA and NBA in Williamsburg, Virginia. In March 1999, the Wind Ensemble performed for the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Melbourne, Florida. In February 2000, the Wind Ensemble performed for the CBDNA Southern Division Convention hosted at UNCG. In 2006, the Wind Ensemble performed in The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, shared a concert with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Arlington, Virginia, and collaborated with Karel Husa, David Dzubay, and Carter Pann in the performaces of their music, including two commissions. In 2009, the Wind Ensemble performed at the CBDNA National Convention at the University of Texas at Austin and performed additional concerts in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas as part of a week-long tour. The Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association and the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association hosted in Greensboro. Most recently, the UNCG took a twelve day concert tour through the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy, the highlight of which was a concert in Prague’s famed Dvořák Hall.

Details

Date:
February 10, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

UNCG Auditorium-1-CVPA – Master (2000)
Email:
uncg.edu_3736303334383835333332@resource.calendar.google.com

Venue

UNCG Auditorium
408 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27412 United States
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