Engaging students and creating an environment of possibility

With a semester now behind us, teachers are looking for more ways than ever to engage their students, make band fun, and keep students motivated. Change an environment of uncertainty to one of possibility as we discuss numerous options to get kids playing, recording, collaborating, creating, and rehearsing. Bring your instrument and download your sheet music ahead of time as Brian Balmages will spend part of the session letting you experience one of his rehearsals from the student point of view. It is time to rebuild the feeling of community and harness its momentum to finish out the year!

Target Audience

All band directors / all levels

To Bring/Important Notes

Attendees should bring instruments and have sheet music in advance should they want to participate in a virtual rehearsal experience. (If folks do not have instruments, we can easily move in a different direction)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • Brian Balmages

    Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer and conductor. His music has been performed throughout the world with commissions ranging from elementary schools to professional orchestras. World premieres include prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His music was also performed as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, which was attended by both President Obama and Vice President Biden. He is a recipient of the A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association, won the 2020 NBA William D. Revelli Composition Contest with his work Love and Light, and was awarded the inaugural James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Visual and Performing Arts. In the same year, he was commissioned by his other alma mater, the University of Miami, to compose music for the inauguration of the institution’s 6th president, Dr. Julio Frenk. 

    As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with all-state and region bands and orchestras, as well as university and professional ensembles throughout the world. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference, numerous state ASTA conferences and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as band and orchestra engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University.