Band Directors Symposium

SBDSSummer Band Directors Symposium
June 17-20, 2019

Join Kennesaw State University Bands for the inaugural Summer Band Directors Symposium featuring guest clinician Gary Green! This special 4-day workshop for middle and high school band directors will include presentations on technique, artistry, rehearsal strategy, literature and repertoire, instrumental pedagogy, and more led by the KSU School of Music’s exceptional faculty. In addition, guest clinician Gary Green will present several sessions on musical concepts developed over more than 50 years of teaching elementary, middle school, high school, and college band. Directors may choose to register as either a conducting participant or a non-conducting auditor.


Non-conducting auditor registrations will be accepted until Friday, May 31.

Participation fee: $300 for non-conducting auditors
**All conducting participant spots are now full.**


  • Day 1 – Monday, June 17

    8 - 8:45 a.m.

    8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
    Welcome, Introductions, and Setting the Stage
    David Kehler, Director of Bands and Professor of Music

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Conducting Rounds
    Each conducting participant will receive 30 minutes (three 10-minute sessions) of conducting time with the participant ensemble and will receive direct feedback from Gary Green and David Kehler, as well as follow-up feedback with Trey Harris and Debra Traficante. In addition, all conducting sessions will be video recorded and given immediately to the participant.

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch at KSU Commons
    Lunch at The Commons on Day 1 and Day 3 are included with the cost of your registration.

    2 - 2:55 p.m.
    Musical Concepts Developed From 50 Years of Teaching Music in Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College Band
    Gary Green, Featured Guest Clinician

    3 - 3:55 p.m.
    The Musical Score – Tools to Prepare for Better Memory and Music-Making
    David Kehler

    4 - 4:55 p.m.
    From the Field to the Road – Planning for All Aspects of Marching Band
    Debra Traficante, Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Professor of Music

    5 p.m.
    Happy Hour Gathering
    Locations for happy hour gatherings and reception/dinner will be announced.

    Day 2 – Tuesday, June 18

    8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Conducting Rounds

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

    2 - 2:55 p.m.
    The Outward Appearance of Inward Significance
    Gary Green

    3 - 3:55 p.m.
    Performance Preparation for the Young Band
    Charles Jackson, Part-time Assistant Professor of Music

    4 - 4:55 p.m.
    Everything You Wish You Remembered from Percussion Methods
    Marja Kerney, Artist-in-Residence in Marimba

    5 p.m.
    Happy Hour Gathering
    Locations for happy hour gatherings and reception/dinner will be announced.

    Day 3 – Wednesday, June 19

    8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Conducting Rounds

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch at KSU Commons
    Lunch at The Commons on Day 1 and Day 3 are included with the cost of your registration.

    2 - 2:55 p.m.
    Care and Feeding of your Clarinet Section
    John Warren, Associate Professor of Clarinet

    3 - 3:55 p.m.
    Repertoire Selection – Playing the Long Game
    Trey Harris, Assistant Director of Bands and Lecturer of Music

    4 - 4:55 p.m.
    Drop the Baton – How to Conduct your Jazz Ensemble
    Sam Skelton, Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer of Saxophone

    5 p.m.
    KSU Symposium Reception and Dinner
    Locations for happy hour gatherings and reception/dinner will be announced.

    Day 4 – Thursday, June 20

    8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Conducting Rounds

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

    2 - 2:55 p.m.
    Band Director Burnout: Nourishing You and Your Students’ Musical Souls
    David Kehler

    3 - 3:55 p.m.
    A Look at Ways to Promote Ease in Sound and Energize your Brass Section
    Doug Lindsey, Coordinator of Brass and Assistant Professor of Trumpet 

    4 - 4:55 p.m.
    Timpani 101, 102…
    John Lawless, Director of Percussion Studies

    5 p.m.
    Wrap-up Q&A

  • Gary Green

    Mr. Gary Green
    Director of Bands Emeritus
    Frost School of Music, University of Miami

    Gary Green is Director of Bands Emeritus of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Florida. In addition to surpervising all band activities at UM, Gary is Professor and Chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance and serves as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble. Gary holds a B.M. degree from Boise State University and an M.M. degree from the University of Idaho.

    Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Gary served for ten years as Director of Bands at the University of Connecticut and was influential in comissioning and recording new works for winds and percussion including Symphony No. 3 by David Maslanka and A Cornfield in July and The River by William Penn. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was commissioned by the Philip Frost Commission Fund and has become a standard in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Among other new compositions to be written for winds and percussion is the commission for the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble of Christopher Rouse's Wolf Rounds premiering in Carnegie Hall this month.

    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 has conducted all state, regional, national, and international honor bands.

    Mr. Green is an active conductor and clinician and has appeared with International, National and Regional Bands and intercollegiate bands across the country. He has frequently conducted the Texas All State Band and premiered Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre with that ensemble.

    Mr. Green is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Bandmasters Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. In 2002, he received The Phillip Frost Award for Scholarship and Teaching in the Frost School of Music.

    David Kehler

    Dr. David Kehler
    Director of Bands and Professor of Music
    Kennesaw State University

    Since 2009, David Kehler has served as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. In addition, Dr. Kehler teaches courses in instrumental conducting, symphonic repertoire, and twentieth century music. Along with his university responsibilities, professor Kehler currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, and as President- Elect for the College Band Directors National Association-Southern Division.

    An advocate of new music, Professor Kehler has commissioned nearly two-dozen leading composers, including several Pulitzer Prize winners to write new compositions for wind ensemble. Performing music beyond the KSU campus, the KSU Wind Ensemble can also be heard frequently on 90.1, Atlanta Public Radio, along with being featured at the College Band Director's National Association Convention (two times), and most recently at the 2016 GMEA State Conference, in Athens, Georgia. In 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble won the American Prize for best university wind ensemble/concert band recording in the United States.

    Previously, Dr. Kehler served as Associate Conductor of America's Premiere Windband; The Dallas Winds, and served as Founder and Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony. Previous academic appointments were at Southern Methodist University, the University of Rhode Island, and Bay City Western High School, in Bay City, Michigan. Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Kehler received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting degrees from Michigan State University, followed by his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Debra Traficante

    Dr. Debra Traficante
    Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor of Music

    Dr. Debra Traficante serves as Kennesaw State University’s Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands. In this position, Dr. Traficante guides and directs all aspects of the KSU Marching Band (“The Marching Owls”), premiered in the Fall 2015, as well as the KSU Basketball Pep Band. Professor Traficante also serves as the Conductor of the KSU Concert Band, teaches beginning instrumental conducting, wind band literature, arranging and pedagogy, and marching band technique courses, while also advising Music Education students. She also serves as the Kappa Kappa Psi (Nu Mu) and Tau Beta Sigma (Iota Psi) chapter advisor. Dr. Traficante serves on the brass staff for the Boston Crusaders. 

    Dr. Traficante formerly served as Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of University Bands at the University of Oklahoma where she conducted the Symphony Band, assisted in directing the “Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band, taught conducting lessons to graduate and undergraduate students, taught graduate wind literature courses, served as the lead teacher for the undergraduate conducting and methods course, and oversaw music education students. She also served as the School of Music: Music Minor advisor, Honors College Music Coordinator, faculty sponsor for Sigma Alpha Iota, and faculty sponsor for the Delta Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

    Professor Traficante earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Florida, and earned a Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting degree from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). She served as Director of Bands for five years at New Smyrna Beach High School, Florida and Assistant Director of Bands for two years at Buchholz High School, Florida.

    Dr. Traficante frequently judges, guest conducts, and clinics ensembles across the United States, and has conducted at the International World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Singapore in 2005.

    Professor Traficante is the immediate past National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, and an Honorary Member of the Delta Chapters, Alpha Eta Chapter, Iota Psi, and Beta Xi Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority. Additionally, she was honored in 2010 as a Distinguished Member in Sigma Alpha Iota and has been awarded the Martha Starke Memorial Scholarship for Women Conductors.

    Charles Jackson

    Dr. Charles R. Jackson
    Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music

    Dr. Charles R. Jackson serves as Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University. His duties and responsibilites include teaching the Instrumental Music Methods, Materials & Curriculum course, all woodwind and brass techniques courses for the KSU School of Music, supervising student teachers, serving as the faculty advisor for the Nu Theta chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, serving as the Vice-President of the Part-Time Faculty Council, and serving as the Representative for the School of Music on the Part-Time Faculty Council. In addition to teaching courses at KSU, he serves as a trumpet clinician serving hundreds of trumpet students each month at several public and private schools in Cobb and Fulton Counties. Dr. Jackson serves as the conductor and msuical director of the Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band, based in Cobb County, Georgia. His eBook entitled The Band Director's Book of Secrets was published through C.L. Barnhouse Publishing and is available through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and ten other eBook providers. 

    Dr. Jackson’s collegiate music studies began in 1969, at Miami-Dade Junior College. He was a violist in the MDJC String Orchestra and Principal Trumpet in the MDJC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Aileen DiNino,  and completed courses in Music Theory and Woodwind Techniques. He completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree (University of Southern Mississippi-1979), the Master of Science degree in Music Education (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign-1984); the Education Specialist degree in Instrumental Music Education (Georgia State University-1994); and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education with cognate areas in Trumpet Performance and Conducting (Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, Virginia-2008).  His doctoral dissertation is titled Effectiveness of Preservice Experiences and Course Work in Music Education toward Teacher Self-Efficacy in Classroom Management and is published through ProQuest.

    Dr. Jackson begins his 40th year as a music educator with the start of the 2018-2019 school year. He completed 34 years of public school teaching as a Director of Bands in Georgia and Mississippi. Prior to his appointment at KSU, he served 15 years as the Director of Bands at Dodgen Middle School in Cobb County, GA (1998-2013) with an annual average band enrollment of 350 students. While at Dodgen, he was recognized as a pioneer by incorporating cutting-edge technology for instruction during band rehearsals and his groups were recognized for consistently receiving the rating of "Superior" at the annual GMEA evaluations. His public school teaching career included directing bands at the middle school, junior high school, and high school levels. His choral experience includes serving as the director of the Navy Choir at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi, and the director of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Choir, also in Meridian, MS.

    Dr. Jackson maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, trumpet performer, clinician, adjudicator, and author. His guest conducting engagements include honor bands in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.  He has served as an adjudicator for concert band and orchestra performance evaluations in Tennessee, Indiana, and throughout Georgia. He is frequently sought after as a guest conductor/clinician for high school and middle school bands as they prepare for annual performance evaluations. Dr. Jackson serves on staff for the Bands of America/Music for All Summer Symposium and presents an extensive series of instructional sessions at Ball State University for band and orchestra directors. He currently serves as one of the organizing chairmen for the Bands of America/ Music for All National Concert Band Festival held annually in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has served on the Director Track staff for the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium, in Cullowhee, NC, and on the Director Track staff for the Spirit of Atlanta Camp at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. Interaction with music educators from across the US and abroad at the various symposium events over the past 12 years allows him the unique opportunity to provide a national and international perspective for his students at KSU. 

    Honors awarded to Dr. Jackson include: Nationally Registered Music Educator (MENC); Nationally Certified Music Educator (MENC); Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1991,1996, 2002, 2003, 2006); Teacher of the Year, Garrett Middle School (1997-98). Teacher of the Year, Dodgen Middle School (2004-2005). In the spring of 2013, he was one of 217 music educators selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award conferred by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 30,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. In 1991, Dr. Jackson was one of only two music educators in the State of Georgia selected to study with the London Symphony Orchestra for ten days, under the direction of Mitislav Rostropovich, completely funded by the Southern Bell company.

    Dr. Jackson served the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) as Chairman for District 12, overseeing all public and private schools in Cobb and Douglas counties involving over 300 music educators and over 24,000 music students. He served two years on the State Board of Directors for GMEA. He was recognized with a Congressional Proclamation as a Georgia STAR teacher. He served as a contributing editor for the InTune Magazine and is a principal author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band published by GIA in December of 2014.

    Dr. Jackson is a member in good standing of GMEA, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Kappa Delta Pi.

    Dr. Jackson is married to the former Jane M. Sykes of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They have four children, Mary (34), Vincent (33), Stephen (30), and Angela (19), and one grandson, Kasper Danet (5). Mrs. Jackson currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter Chanel Roman Catholic Church, in Roswell, GA. Dr. & Mrs. Jackson currently reside in Acworth, GA.

    Marja Kerney

    Dr. Marja Kerney
    Artist-in-Residence in Marimba and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Percussion Performance

    Marja Kerney is Artist in Residence and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Percussion Performance at the Kennesaw State University School of Music. Prior to her appointment at KSU, she was the percussion professor at the Stetson University School of Music. In addition to percussion-related education, she has created two well-received courses (Popular Music in Unpopular Times: the Soundtrack of American Social Movements and The Symphonic Experience) and has taught courses in music history and aural training.

    A native of Michigan, Kerney earned her BM from the Michigan State University College of Music and MM and DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. As an avid chamber music performer, she cofounded the piano/percussion ensemble P4 with Florida colleagues. P4 has presented recitals throughout Florida and on a Midwest tour comprised mostly of contemporary music commissioned by the group. She is also a member of 421 Duo with Jessica Hall Speak, clarinet. The duo gave recitals at Stetson University and the Florida State University College of Music in the fall of 2016 and performed at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, FL. At the festival, the duo premiered their newly commissioned work, Two Trees, by Baljinder Singh Sekhon, II.

    As a new music collaborator, Kerney has worked with composers Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Sydney Hodkinson, Zack Browning, Philip Wharton, Baljinder Sekhon, Thad Anderson, Lee Hartman, Shawn Hundley, Ethan Greene, and Chad Rehmann. In addition to her extensive contemporary chamber experience, Kerney has performed as a percussionist/timpanist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Wichita Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Greater Lansing Symphony, and has served as a pit percussionist for musicals including A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, 9 to 5, and Spamalot.  She was also a member of Marimba Sol de Chiapas, an authentic Mexican marimba quartet based in Kansas City. Aside from her appointments at Kennesaw State and Stetson, she has served on the faculties at Bethune-Cookman University and Seminole State College. Kerney is a longtime member of the Percussive Arts Society, currently serving on the University Pedagogy Committee and formerly as Secretary/Treasurer of the Florida chapter of PAS, and remains active as a free-lance percussionist and timpanist.

    John Warren

    Mr. John Warren
    Associate Professor of Clarinet

    John Warren joined the Kennesaw State University faculty in 2006. After a national search, he was selected as the Professor of Clarinet in 2011.

    His previous university affiliations include Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and The University of Nebraska at Omaha. For 15 years, he was the principal clarinetist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and prior to that position, the principal clarinetist of the Omaha Symphony. He served as principal clarinetist of the Des Moines Metro Opera for many summers prior to arriving in Atlanta. At KSU, Mr. Warren teaches studio clarinet, wind chamber music, and Woodwind Techniques.

    Mr. Warren is a member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra of Memphis, TN, as well as performing frequently and recording with the Atlanta Symphony. His playing can be heard on the Telarc, Naxos, Albany, and New World labels.

    He has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Curtis Institute Orchestra, and the Symphonies of Savannah, Omaha, Hilton Head, and Beaufort, SC. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Warren has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Evian Festival and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. He performed the American premiere of selections from Kurt Weill's opera Der Protagonist in Carnegie Recital Hall. He was a featured recitalist at the International Clarinet Association's 2005 conference.

    Originally, from Shreveport, Louisiana, Mr. Warren holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His most influential teachers include Donald Montanaro, L. Thomas LeGrand, and Richard Waller.

    Trey Harris

    Dr. Trey Harris
    Assistant Director of Bands and Lecturer in Music

    Dr. Trey Harris is Assistant Director of Bands and Lecturer in Music at Kennesaw State University where his primary duties include directing the University Concert Band, the Basketball Pep Band, teaching courses in Music Education, and assisting in the direction of the KSU Marching Owls.

    Prior to pursuing his undergraduate studies, Harris served as a trombonist in the United States Marine Corps. He performed throughout the continental United States as well as Japan, Australia, and Guam while a member of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (Okinawa, Japan) and Marine Forces Reserve Band (New Orleans, LA). Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Harris pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Michigan State University College of Music. While completing his degree, he served as the band director at St. Martha’s School (MI). He earned his Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music. His teaching experience includes Director of Bands at Yeokum Middle School (MO) and at Lake Howell High School (FL), as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Trombone/Euphonium at Bethune-Cookman University (FL).

    Harris has presented music education research at both state and national conferences. Recent presentations include Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Annual Conference, Desert Skies Research Symposium, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research and Teacher Education National Conference. His primary area of music education research is the programming selections of high school band directors as they relate to educational philosophy.

    Harris’s musical mentors include Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, Steven D. Davis, Joseph Parisi, John Whitwell, Ava Ordman, and LeMoine Emerson Fantz. He maintains an active schedule as presenter, clinician, and trombonist.

    Sam Skelton

    Mr. Sam Skelton
    Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer of Saxophone

    A native of Conyers, Georgia, Sam Skelton has been active on the Atlanta music scene for well over three decades.  Mr. Skelton graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Jazz Studies. During his course of study at GSU, Sam was a Montgomery Music Scholar and a two-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. He continued his saxophone studies with Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University in 1991 focusing on classical saxophone and music education. Other teachers include David and James "Dub" Hudson and Jeff Benedict.

    As a woodwind doubler, Skelton is well versed in any genre of music. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio.

    Sam has performed and/or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles. World Premiers include James Oliverio’s "Children of A Common Mother", Lee Johnson’s "Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist" (clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone) and "Seaside Symphony" (clarinet and soprano saxophone soloist). Sam also played the premier recording of "Ora Pro Mi" and "Seaside Symphony" with the London Symphony Orchestra.  New musical debuts include: The Prom, Harmony, Bull Durham and Tuck Everlasting.

    As a sideman on over 300 recordings, Sam remains very active in the studio and can be heard on recordings by such artists as: Elton John, December Radio, Babbie Mason, Howard Tate, Matchbox 20, Train, Edwin McCain, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players.  Television and radio jingles include The Georgia Lottery, The Fox Theater Documentary, Glen Beck, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, Ford, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Nature’s Own, Popeye’s, Papa John’s and Turner South.  Television appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Savannah and Sinbad’s Summer Jam II on HBO. GRAMMY nods include Howard Tate's "Rediscovered" for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Ted Howe's "Pinnacle" for Best Instrumental Solo (alto clarinet, yes, alto clarinet)

    Sam is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer in Saxophone at Kennesaw State University. He is also Artistic Director of GSO Jazz and GYSO Jazz.  Sam served as Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University from 1991 to 2004 and was Jazz Ensemble Director at Georgia Tech from 2002-2004 and Artist-in-Residence at The University Of Georgia Jazz Department. He served as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at Furman University 2001-02.  Professional associations include:  The Jazz Educators Network, Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (voting member) and the American Federation of Musicians. For his contributions to the city’s cultural life, Atlanta Public Broadcasting named him a “Lexus Leader in the Arts” in 2003. Sam is proud to be a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Artist.

    Doug Lindsey

    Dr. Doug Lindsey
    Coordinator of Brass and Assistant Professor of Trumpet

    Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is very active in the Southeast. Recently as a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Memphis Symphony, the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.  An advocate of new music, over the course of the two years he has premiered 4 new works for trumpet.  Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano.  In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass.  As an orchestral musician, he regularly performs as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, as section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Macon Symphony, and spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at KSU and at various high schools in the area, and recently started a popular regional high school ensemble, the North-Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. Most recently, the KSU trumpet ensemble garnered praise at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild conference where they performed Erik Morale’s Infinite Ascent, and continue to find success at the National Trumpet Competition with their consecutive semi-finalist placements.  Other studio accomplishments include multiple winners from theInternational Trumpet Guild scholarship contest, job placements, successful graduate school placements, and multiple winners of KSU’s concerto competition.

    Dr. Lindsey’s former duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology.  As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles.  His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works.  This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website

    Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending inCarnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet –winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore and Richard Rulli.  Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

    Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist and performs on Facet Mutes.

    John Lawless

    Mr. John Lawless
    Director of Percussion Studies

    John Lawless, Senior Lecturer, joined the music faculty of Kennesaw State University in 1998 and became the Director of Percussion Studies in 2004. Principal Timpanist of the Atlanta Opera orchestra since 1979, John held the same position with the Chattanooga Symphony for 21 years. Since 1978, Mr. Lawless has performed, toured and recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while maintaining a thriving freelance career as a studio and pit percussionist.

    A founding member of the Atlanta Percussion Trio, Mr. Lawless performs hundreds of school concerts a year for thousands of children throughout the Southeastern United States. Along with Scott Douglas and Karen Hunt, the trio has been a performing group for 32 years, bringing educational programs to children of all ages.

    As a soloist, Mr. Lawless played several concertos with the Chattanooga Symphony, including: The Olympian for 8 Timpani and Orchestra as well as The Messenger for Multiple Percussion and Orchestra, both written by James Oliverio. In 2009, Mr. Lawless performed Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he performed the Southeastern premier of Christopher Theofinidis' Marimba Concerto with the KSU Wind Ensemble for the Festival of New Music.

    A graduate of Georgia State University, Mr. Lawless' teachers include Tom Float, Jack Bell, Cloyd Duff, Paul Yancich, Bill Wilder and Mark Yancich. Previous faculty appointments include those at Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University and West Georgia State University.

  • Each conducting participant will choose a total of two pieces to conduct during the symposium: one piece from Group 1 and one piece from Group 2 listed below. After completing registration for the symposium, conducting participants will receive a survey to indicate your chosen selections.

    Group 1 (Grades 2-4):
    Bach, trans. Reed – Come, Sweet Death
    Balmages – Rippling Watercolors
    Carter – Overture for Winds
    Colgrass – Old Churches
    Grainger – Irish Tune from County Derry
    Grundman – Kentucky 1800
    Root – Polly Oliver

    Group 2 (Grades 4-6):
    Arnold/ trans. Paynter – Four Scottish Dances (select a movement)
    Bernstein, trans. Grundman – Overture to Candide
    Holst – First Suite in E-flat (select a movement)
    Persichetti – Symphony no. 6 for Band (select a movement)
    Strauss, trans. Davis – Allerseelen

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. David Kehler