Band Directors Symposium

SBDSSummer Band Directors Symposium
June 22-25, 2020

Join the Kennesaw State University Bands for the 2nd Annual KSU Summer Band Directors Symposium. Featured guest clinician Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Minnesota will join David Kehler, Director of Bands at Kennesaw State, along with Trey Harris, Associate Director of Bands at Western Michigan University for this special 4-day workshop for middle and high school band directors. Morning conducting sessions in front of a large band ensemble playing significant high school and middle school repertoire are followed by afternoon sessions on technique, rehearsal strategy, literature, repertoire, instrumental pedagogy, and more led by the KSU School of Music’s exceptional faculty. In addition, featured guest clinician Craig Kirchhoff will present several sessions on musical concepts developed over more than 50 years of teaching public school and college band. 

Conducting Participant Registration Ends Friday, April 3, 2020.

Non-Conducting Auditor Registration Ends June 12, 2020.


  • Download Symposium 2020 Schedule

    Day 1 – Monday, June 22

    8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Program Check-In (Bailey Center Lobby)
    Continental Breakfast for registered participants (Scott Hall)

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

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
    Conducting Rounds (Morgan Hall)

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch at KSU Commons
    Lunch at the Commons is included on Day 1 and Day 3 for all registered participants

    Afternoon Sessions (Scott Hall)

    2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
    What I've Learned: Reflections Upon a 49-Year Career in Music
    Craig Kirchhoff

    3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
    The Musical Score- Strategies for Understanding and Musicianship
    David Kehler

    4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.      
    Conducting Between the Notes (bring your batons)
    Trey Harris

    5:15 p.m.            
    Happy Hour at Marlow’s Tavern, Kennesaw
    For registered participants

    Day 2 – Tuesday, June 23

    9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
    Conducting Rounds (Morgan Hall)

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)

    Afternoon Sessions (Scott Hall)

    2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
    Paul Dickinson, professor of tuba and euphonium, KSU

    3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.   
    Justin Stanley, professor of clarinet, KSU

    4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.           
    Eddie Lopez
    President/Owner, Perform America - TX, LLC; Co-Owner: Ultimate Drill Book

    5:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
    FREE Happy Hour for registered participants
    The Nest in downtown Kennesaw- fabulous food and libations
    (Sponsored by Edward R. Lopez, President/Owner, Perform America, TX, LLC)

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Conducting Rounds (Morgan Hall) 

    12:30 p.m. 
    Lunch at KSU Commons
    Included for all registered participants

    Afternoon Sessions (Scott Hall)

    2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.          
    David Kehler: Conduct More and Talk Less

    3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
    Sam Skelton, professor of Jazz and Saxophone, KSU

    4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. 
    Craig Kirchhoff: Is Your Conducting Helping or Hurting Your Ensemble?
    (Bring your batons!)

    5:15 pm
    Reception/Grill Out for registered participants
    Dinner at Chez Kehler
    3354 English Oaks Drive NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
    Conducting Rounds (Morgan Hall)

    12:30 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)

    Afternoon Sessions (Scott Hall)

    2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.         
    Thomas Harris on Curricular Programming: Using music you choose to build your students musicianship

    3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
    John Lawless, professor of percussion, KSU

    4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. 
    Craig Kirchoff and David Kehler: Closing Thoughts and Reflections

    5:00 p.m.
    Wrap-up Q & A 

    Each conducting participant will receive 30 minutes (3x 10 min sessions) of conducting time with the ensemble and will receive direct feedback from Craig Kirchoff, David Kehler, and Trey Harris. In addition, all conducting sessions will be video recorded and given immediately to the participant.

  • Craig KirchhoffMr. Craig Kirchhoff
    Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands
    University of Minnesota

    Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program. Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program from 1993 to 2015. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others.

    Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year. Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, Wynton Marsalis, and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes.

    Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

    Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label. Professor Kirchhoff was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor in 2018, was presented with the College Band Directors National Association LifeTime Achievement Award in 2019, and will be awarded the Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster of the Year Award at the 2019 Midwest Clinic. Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator.

    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.


    Trey Harris

    Dr. Trey Harris
    Associate Director of Bands
    Western Michigan University School of Music

    Dr. Trey Harris is the Associate Director of Bands for the Western Michigan University School of Music. Dr. Harris began his professional musical career as a trombonist playing in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (Okinawa, Japan) and Marine Forces Reserve Band (New Orleans, LA). After an honorable discharge from service, he studied music education at Michigan State University, receiving a B.M.E degree. While working on his degree, Harris maintained an active schedule as a freelance trombonist, private trombone/euphonium teacher, and band director. Upon graduation, he moved to the Midwest and pursued an M.M. degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance.

    During his time in Kansas City, Harris consistently performed as a trombonist and conductor, holding the position of 2nd trombone in The Peoples’ Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City. Receiving his M.M. in conducting in 2009 from UMKC, Harris continued his career as a public school band director achieving success with both middle school and high school bands in Missouri and Florida. In 2017, Harris graduated with his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University.

    An advocate for new music, Harris has participated in multiple consortia leading to original compositions for wind band. Most recently, he led a consortium for composer Adam Silverman. This resulted in a new work for upper high school/young college band called Raining Bricks in which Harris conducted the world premiere with Kennesaw State University Symphonic Band on April 12, 2018.

    Prior to his appointment at WMU, Harris served as Assistant Director of Bands at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. In addition to his work with the bands at Kennesaw State, Harris also worked as guest conductor for the Georgia Brass Band during their NABBA Championship concert cycle. He maintains an active schedule as a trombonist, conductor, and clinician.

  • 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.

    REPERTOIRE LIST: Summer 2020

    (Each participant chooses one piece from Group 1 and Group 2)

    Group 1 (Grades 2-4):
    Bryant Dusk
    Erickson Air for Band
    McGinty The Red Balloon
    Persichetti Psalm for Band
    Susato/trans. Margolis Battle Pavane, The
    Ticheli Amazing Grace

    Group 2 (Grades 5-6):
    Arnold/trans.Paynter Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (all)
    Holst Second Suite in F (all)
    Milhaud Suite Francaise (all)
    Schuman Chester

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. David Kehler