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The American Band College Directors' Band

This summer will mark the 21st time the American Band College Directors' Band has performed at the Craterian in Medford. The band will present its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 21 S. Central Ave., Medford.

This year's guest conductors will be Col. Lowell Graham, conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band and Anthony Maiello from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. They will conduct the two 110-member bands consisting of high school, middle school and college band directors.

Maiello travels widely presenting clinics, lectures and workshops and guest conducting and judging at numerous music festivals. He is professor of music and director of instrumental studies at George Mason, where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and teaches several conducting courses. Maiello also has served as associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra in McLean, Va., and has been appointed an honorary conductor of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

Graham is chairman of the music department at the University of Texas at El Paso and is the recipient of the Abraham Chavez professorship in music. He conducts many ensembles and in 2006 was named the director honorifico anual for the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Paraguay.

Graham has released recordings on five labels, one of which won a Grammy. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile's "Records to Die For" list as well as The Absolute Sound's "The Super Disc List."

Both directors are enrolled in the three-year master's program of the American Band College on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The band college grew out of an undergraduate curriculum for band directors. The first summer courses began in 1989. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved the summer school's master's degree program and the first 13 students were enrolled in 1992, with the first degrees conferred in 1994.

Today, there are more than 220 candidates from more than 40 states and four foreign countries actively enrolled. Although students complete most of the work on their own, the three-year program requires them to attend two sessions each summer on the SOU campus. During the sessions, students learn from two dozen seasoned clinicians in performance, conducting and teaching.

The first session, June 21-26, culminates in the Craterian concert. The second session, June 29 through July 4, culminates in participation in the July 4 parade and the annual July 4 Fireworks Concert held at the Ashland High School Football Stadium, with the final 30 minutes coinciding with the Ashland fireworks display.

Guest soloists for the program at the Craterian will be the 18-member U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. The ensemble comprises 14 trumpeters and two drummers. Timpani and cymbals may be added for special occasions or performances. Four types of trumpets combine to provide a full range of musical voices. Two rope drums provide the rolls used for timing the placement of fanfares.

The official fanfare ensemble for the U.S. president, the Herald Trumpets was founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British fanfare trumpet ensembles. In Washington, D.C., the ensemble has performed for many events of national and international significance. Its first official performance welcomed Queen Elizabeth II to Chicago for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In the ensuing years, the band has performed for presidents, prime ministers and royalty at the White House and abroad. The band also has performed at the Olympic games.

Tickets for the Craterian concert are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children under 12. Tickets are available online at bandworld.org, at Cripple Creek Music in Ashland and through the Craterian box office at 779-3000.

Tickets for the Fourth of July concert are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children under 12 and are available at bandworld.org, at Cripple Creek Music in Ashland and at the door.

The American Band College Directors' Band