Wind Band Invitational

Ryan Nowlin
Ryan Nowlin

This non-competitive event will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Four bands will participate during the morning session and three bands will participate during the afternoon session. This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor 1st Lt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant conductor of the United States Marine Band. 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 1st Lt. Nowlin 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 1st Lt. Nowlin’s music) 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.

2016 Schedule

Wednesday, May 4, 2016





7:30 Check-in time for four morning bands    
8:00–8:40 Clinic #1    
  Manchester West - American Heritage Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Concord Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Pelham and Nashua South Observation Johnson Theater
8:50–9:30 Clinic #2    
  Concord - American Heritage Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Pelham Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Nashua South and Manchester West Observation Johnson Theater
9:40–10:20 Clinic #3    
  Pelham Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Nashua South - Second Suite or October Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Manchester West and Concord Observation Johnson Theater
10:30–11:10 Clinic #4    
  Nashua South - Synergy Rising Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Manchester West - New World Variations Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Concord and Pelham Observation Johnson Theater
10:45 Check-in time for four afternoon bands    
11:20–12:10 Concert: UNH Wind Symphony   Johnson Theater
12:10 Lunch    
12:40–1:20 Clinic #5    
  Gilford - Oh, Henry! Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Bedford - Folk Song Suite or Mother Earth Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Winnacunnet Observation Johnson Theater
1:30–2:10 Clinic #6    
  Bedford - Oh, Henry! Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Winnacunnet - Seal Lullaby Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Gilford Observation Johnson Theater
2:20–3:00 Clinic #7    
  Winnacunnet - American Heritage Nowlin Johnson Theater
  Gilford - Kinetic Dances Boysen M226 (Band Room)
  Bedford Observation Johnson Theater


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.

First Lieutenant Ryan Nowlin

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.

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