Wind Band Invitational

This year's Wind Band Invitational will occur on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. This annual event invites seven bands from the New England region to participate in a day of clinics and performances on the UNH campus. Each ensemble has the opportunity to observe other bands, hear a performance by the Wind Symphony, and receive clinics from Dr. Boysen and a guest composer/conductor. Recent guest artists have included Brant Karrick, Daniel Bukvich, and Mark Camphouse. It is traditionally a wonderful day of learning and music-making for all involved.


This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor 1st Lt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant conductor of the United States Marine Band, whose biography appears below. We hope you will consider joining us for 1st Lt. Nowlin's appearances in concert with the Wind Symphony on May 4 and the Symphonic Band and Concert Band on May 5.


Assistant Director First Lieutenant Ryan J. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2010 as a staff arranger. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2014.

With “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin has arranged and composed a variety of selections for the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, brass quintet, and various other small ensembles. His music has been performed at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, across the country during the band’s annual concert tour, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and at the National Association for Music Education’s Music Education Week in Baltimore. As an arranger for the Marine Band, 1st Lt. Nowlin has created original arrangements of “America” and the National Anthem for performance at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which was featured on the 2013 Marine Band recording, From the Keyboard.

He has served as a conductor for the fall and winter Chamber Music Series and the band’s Conductor Training Program in 2013. He was nominated for his current position in 2014.

1st Lt. Nowlin’s early music instruction was on the piano and French horn. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Royalton High School in Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2000 and a master’s degree in music education and conducting in 2004. He studied with Herbert Spencer and Bruce Moss at BGSU, as well as prolific composer Anne McGinty.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin was an instructor at BGSU and served as a staff arranger for the BGSU Falcon Marching Band. Additionally, he was an instructor at BGSU where he taught band arranging, conducting, and was the assistant director of athletic bands. He was an instrumental music teacher for 10 years serving as an assistant band director at Jackson City Schools in Ohio and most recently was the director of bands at Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District in Ohio.

In addition to his duties with “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin has appeared as a conductor and clinician with several ensembles to include the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble and Chorus; the Capital University Honors Wind Ensemble in Bexley, Ohio; the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Wind Ensemble; and the Defiance College Community Band, also in Ohio.

1st Lt. Nowlin, the son of Steele Nowlin and Chris Jayjack of Broadview Heights, currently lives in Fairfax Station, Va., with his wife Danielle and their children Joseph and Abby.