The Collierville High School Band will be hosting their annual Winter Camp at Collierville High School on Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd 2019.
The purpose of this camp is to invite the country’s finest musicians and clinicians to share their insight, talent and musicianship with the students in the concert band program. This gives students an authentic “honor band” experience in a familiar environment at their own school. Students will be working outside the concert rehearsals in smaller sectional groups based on their instrument with specialists on each instrument from the West Tennessee region.
This winter camp supports the band director’s vision of nurturing the musical growth and development of students in the CHS band program. This experience will serve as a springboard into the Pre-Festival Concert, which will take place at 6:30pm on February 21st in Pickler Auditorium. Each of the three concert bands will be attending Concert Festival on March 7th and March 8th at West Collierville Middle School. This is a four day event where concert bands throughout the West Tennessee region perform and are judged by a panel of clinicians. These concerts are free and open to the public.
The knowledge and experiences gained by students at this winter camp will be carried with them through the rest of their musical career, and is an important opportunity to learn from some of the best music educators this country has to offer.
We look forward to an exciting weekend of learning and music-making!
“To become the best, you must surround yourself with the best.”
-Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
J. Steven Moore is the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Symphonic Winds at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the University of Miami. Steven is a strong advocate for music literacy and has developed nationally recognized programs of excellence at the secondary and collegiate level. He has served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri, Director of Bands at Colorado State University, Lafayette High School and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he has served as the interim Director of Orchestras at UK, Conductor for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and Conductor for the CSU Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Bandmasters Association. Under his direction, the Lafayette Band performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, received the Sudler Shield, appeared in the Macy's Parade, and was awarded 6 State Marching Band Championships and 5 Grand Championships at the MTSU Contest of Champions in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Department of Education selected him as the Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. Dr. Moore has a B.M.E. from the University of South Carolina and M.M. and D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Kentucky. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) published his book, Play It From the Heart: What you learn from music about success in life. www.PlayItFromtheHeart.com. Steven is married to Kimberly Sena Moore, and together they have a son, Jameson, and daughter, Lorian.
Scott Bersaglia is Founder and Music Director of the Sacred Winds Ensemble and Founder and Chairman of Sacred Winds Ministries. He is also Director of Bands for Pikeville Independent Schools where he oversees and directs the district’s instrumental music curriculum. Prior conducting positions include Associate Professor of Conducting at Campbellsville University, Orchestra Conductor of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Orchestra, and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. A Kentucky native, Dr. Bersaglia received his Bachelors of Music Education from Morehead State University and the Masters of Music and Doctor of Music Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Jerry Junkin, Richard Miles, and Greg Detweiler. Dr. Bersaglia lives in Prestonsburg with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters, Isabella Matea and Emmaline Grace.
During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles.
In that number are Collierville High School students Anna Hudson and Isaiah Robertson, who both earned chairs in the All-National Concert Band. Students selected for the All-National Honor Ensembles rehearsed a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and spent several days rehearsing with students before the concert.
On November 25-28, 2018, the 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in the ballroom at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Anna Hudson is currently a junior at Collierville High School and plays Horn. She has studied music for six years. In addition to instruction received at school, Anna studies Horn under Dr. Ellen Manthe. Anna is a member of the Pride of Collierville Dragon Band, the Collierville High School Wind Symphony, GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, WTSBOA All-West Honor Band, TMEA All-State Honor Band, and she is treasurer for Tri-M Music Honor Society. In 2019, Anna has earned chairs in the WTSBOA All-West Honor Orchestra and TMEA All-State Honor Orchestra. When she’s not playing in her own chamber groups, she enjoys teaching horn lessons and mentoring younger players. Outside of the music room, Anna is a captain of CHS Science Olympiad, a member of Wordsmith Writing Olympics and Technology Student Association, and a CHS Freshman Mentor.
Isaiah Robertson is currently a junior at Collierville High School, and plays Euphonium. He has studied music for six years. In addition to instruction received at school, Isaiah studies Euphonium under Geoff Durbin. Isaiah is a member of the Pride of Collierville Dragon Band, the Collierville High School Wind Symphony, WTSBOA All-West Honor Band, and TMEA All-State Honor Band. In 2019, Isaiah has auditioned and placed in the WTSBOA All-West Honor Band. Isaiah hopes to major in music once he graduates Collierville in 2020. Outside of school, Isaiah enjoys going to movies, playing video games and inspiring others to become better musicians.
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. More than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org.