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Kraus and Belmont Wind Ensemble Receive Several Honors

Director of Bands Barry Kraus and the Belmont Wind Ensemble were recently featured in a research presentation at the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association, held Friday, March 27, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The Wind Ensemble collaborated with Director of the Musicianship Program at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music Marianne Plogger Hill in a session titled, “Concepts of Tuning: Wagner’s Trauersinfonie.” The presentation highlighted challenges and solutions for wind instrument intonation in performance. In addition to playing several excerpts, the ensemble performed Richard Wagner’s “Trauersinfonie” for a national audience of college band directors.

The group will perform Friday, April 10 at 2 p.m. as part of the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) Annual Convention at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The Wind Ensemble was selected for this honor by blind peer review among several collegiate ensemble recorded applications.

The Convention features performances, clinics and exhibitions representing all levels of music instruction in the state. This performance marks Wind Ensemble’s second Convention appearance since 2011.

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