Wind Band Invitational

Dr. Timothy Mahr

This non-competitive event will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Seven high school bands from New England will be participating. This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the course of the day, the ensembles will receive a forty-minute clinic from UNH Director of Bands Andrew Boysen on any piece of their choosing and a forty-minute clinic from Dr. Mahr on a piece of his that they have chosen (we hope that the opportunity to work with the actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students). The bands will also have the opportunity to observe clinics with other visiting bands, an opportunity that is rare these days, especially in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Finally, our UNH Wind Symphony will perform a concert (including some of Dr. Mahr's Symphony No. 1) for all participating ensembles in the middle of the day.

Ensembles are not expected to have music prepared at a festival level, and performances will not be adjudicated. It is our hope that the students will benefit from the clinics at any stage of their preparation for performance.

2017 Schedule

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7:30 am           Check-in time for four morning bands

8:00 – 8:40      Clinic #1

                        Sanborn – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Diamond Celebration

                        Marshwood – Boysen (M226 – band room) – Star Wars

                        Somersworth and Exeter – Observation (JT)

8:50 – 9:30      Clinic #2

                        Marshwood – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Hey!

                        Somersworth – Boysen (M226 – band room) – Earthdance, Fanfare Ode and Festival

                        Exeter and Sanborn – Observation (JT)

9:40 – 10:20    Clinic #3

                        Somersworth – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Dig Down Deep

                        Exeter – Boysen (M226 – band room) – Every End is a New Beginning

                        Sanborn and Marshwood – Observation (JT)

10:30 – 11:10 Clinic #4

                        Exeter – Mahr (Johnson Theater) - Dig Down Deep

                        Sanborn – Boysen (M226 – band room) - Alchemy

                        Marshwood and Somersworth – Observation (JT)

10:45               Check-in time for three afternoon bands

11:20 – 12:10   Concert – UNH Wind Symphony (JT)

12:10 pm         Lunch

12:40 – 1:20    Clinic #5

                        Campbell – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Dig Down Deep

                        Kearsarge – Boysen (M226 – band room) - The Vikings

                        Winnacunnet – Observation (JT)

1:30 – 2:10      Clinic #6

                        Kearsarge – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Hymn and Celebration

                        Winnacunnet – Boysen (M226 – band room) – Horkstow Grange

                        Campbell – Observation (JT)

2:20 – 3:00      Clinic #7

                        Winnacunnet – Mahr (Johnson Theater) – Appalachian Folk Dream

                        Campbell – Boysen (M226 – band room) – Lightning Field, Shenandoah

                        Kearsarge – Observation (JT)


We hope it will be a very exciting day in every way and will hopefully provide the ensembles with an experience they could not receive anywhere else. The cost is $150 per band, payable to the UNH Music Department.

Information for directors.

Dr. Timothy Mahr

Dr. Mahr is a professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he is the Conductor of the St. Olaf Band and teaches courses in composition, conducting and music education. Previous to his 1994 appointment at St. Olaf College, Mahr was Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, for ten years and taught instrumental music at Milaca High School (MN) for three years. Mahr is the principal conductor of the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Symphonic Winds and, while in Duluth, was the founder and conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble. He is Past President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1999-2001), and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association (1996-98) and was a founding board member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is presently the North Central Division Representative on the CBDNA Commissioning Committee.

Active in 35 states as a guest conductor and clinician, Mahr has also appeared professionally in Norway, Mexico, Singapore, and Canada. He has been in residence as a guest composer/conductor on over thirty college and university campuses and has twice conducted performances with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. In the past five academic years Mahr conducted all-state bands in Montana, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas and North Dakota, and he has been engaged to conduct the Delaware All-State Band and the Florida 9th and 10th Grade All-State Band in 2006. His interpretations have earned the praise of notable composers such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Warren Benson, Vincent Persichetti, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Dominick Argento and Dan Welcher. Under Mahr's baton, the St. Olaf Band traveled to Norway in 1996, Britain and Ireland in 2000, and took a study tour of Mexico during January, 2004. Additionally, the St. Olaf Band performed at the 1997 American Bandmasters Association Convention in San Diego, gave its New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2003 and performed in Minneapolis at the 2004 National Convention of the Music Educators National Conference. The St. Olaf Band traveled to Norway again in June 2005, this time alongside the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir in a tour celebrating the centennial of Norway's peaceful independence from Sweden. Since 1994, the St. Olaf Band has produced nine compact disc recordings, four of which have received international acclaim.

Mahr is well known as a composer and has over 50 works to his credit, many of which are published for band. He received the 1991 ABA/Ostwald Award for his piece, The Soaring Hawk. Five other works have been finalists in national band composition contests. His works have been programmed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, numerous national and international music conferences and in twenty countries on four continents. This year Mahr will premiere commissioned works with a consortium of the high schools of the Lake Conference in the metro area of the Twin Cities, and the Northfield High School Concert Band. He has recently contracted commissions with the Shakopee (MN) and Bowling Green (OH) high school bands, The University of Iowa Symphony Band and the Lawrence University (WI) Wind Ensemble. His works are recorded on the Sony, Citadel, Crest, Mark, GIA, Cafua and St. Olaf labels. He has been the subject of interview articles in Clarino: Internationale Zeitschrift für Bläsermusik (July/August, 1997), The Instrumentalist (March, 1995) and BDGuide (March/April, 1993) and has authored articles for major music journals. He is a contributor to the new text, Composers on Composing for Band (2002), edited by Mark Camphouse, and his scholarly and compositional work is cited in Frank Battisti's The Winds of Change (2002).

Mahr was the first recipient of a commission from the American Bandmasters Association Commissioning Project, and the resultant work, Endurance, was premiered by the United States Interservice Band in Washington, DC. He has received over 30 commissions including works for the U.S. Air Force Band, the Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Fraternities), the Nebraska and Indiana Bandmasters Associations, and a work celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American School Band Directors Association. He is a recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" and was elected in 1993 to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. Mahr was recently inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Excellence at LaCrosse Central High School.

Mahr (b. 1956) graduated with two degrees summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1977 and 1978 (B.M. Theory/Composition and B.A. Music Education). In 1983 he received the Master of Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Iowa, where in 1995 he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting.

Mahr is married to Jill Mahr, musician and educator, and they have two daughters, Jenna and Hannah.

UNH Band Invitational
Final Information

Arrival and Bus Parking
You should plan to have your buses pull up directly in front of the PCAC and unload. We will have a student outside to meet you when your buses arrive and that person will help you and your students get where they need to go. Then we will send the buses out to Mast Road Lot 2. If that is full, they can go out to the West Edge lot.

Lunch is not being provided. Morning bands may want to stop and eat on the way home or you may feel free to eat here in the MUB or in downtown Durham. If you wish to eat in the MUB, let me know and I will notify their staff to expect you. I would suggest that afternoon bands will probably want to bring a brown bag lunch as the time is fairly limited between the end of the wind symphony performance and the beginning of the afternoon session.

If you have not already sent your payment, you may do so at any time. Ideally, I would love to have it before the event. Please make the check out to the UNH Music Department ($150). Thanks!

Ensemble Set-Up
If possible, can you please forward to me your set-up chart information? We will have people there to assist with chairs and stands for each ensemble. We have a very limited number of stands and have to plan carefully to accommodate two simultaneous ensembles.

Warm-up Time and Space
Unfortunately, both of these will be pretty limited. Sorry! Upon arrival, you may leave cases out in the Johnson Theatre hall. Larger cases may go in the aisle or back stage. Eventually, we will have all seven groups sitting out in the audience, so we want to keep the seats somewhat free for that. Students may certainly begin individual warm-ups out in the hall and the first two groups can begin warm-ups in their first assigned room. The other ensembles may wish to proceed to the Johnson Theatre lobby to do a small amount of group warm-ups before the day begins.

Percussion Equipment
We should be able to provide two sets of all the basic percussion equipment you might need (timpani, bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, chimes, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, orchestra bells). If there are any requirements outside of that, please either bring them yourself or let me know what you need so that I can make sure it is available and not required in the other room at the same time.

If you haven’t already notified me of what pieces you are planning to perform while here, please do so as soon as possible. That way, both Mr. Gillingham and I can have scores and be ready to give you our best effort!

There is no need to have your students dress up for the day. We want this to be a comfortable workshop environment.

You will have a UNH music student assigned to you throughout your stay. Please feel free to ask them for anything you might need. They are there to help you!

Please remember this is not a competition! Of course, we understand that you all want to sound your best in front of the other ensembles. Truly, though, we want this day to be about improving your group, no matter where they are in the preparation process. Please inform your students that some groups may be performance ready on their piece and others may only be in the beginning of the process.

Final thoughts
I probably have forgotten something important, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Additionally, I am very interested in your feedback after the event to see what we might want to change for future years. Thanks! We are so excited to have you all on campus in a few weeks!

--Andy Boysen