Band Extravaganza

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School groups are cordially invited to attend the 18th annual University of New Hampshire Band Extravaganza. This exciting concert will feature the UNH Wind Symphony and the Wildcat Marching Band in the Johnson Theater. We will be performing three matinees for school groups and would like to encourage you to plan a field trip with your music students. Don't miss out!

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Marching Fundamentals Clinic Resources

Downloads and UNH Wildcat Marching Band Content

NH All-State Clinic Handout
PDF version
NH All-State Clinic Handout
Word 2010 version
UNH Wildcat Marching Band Rehearsal System
Similar to systems used by many other marching organizations, this is how we structure our drill-cleaning rehearsals. It allows students a chance to make adjustments on their own, receive feedback from "the tower," and then receive feedback on the field. When staff and students know there will be a chance to say what they need to say, it reduces additional chatter and people talking over one another. It also reduces the amount of time they need to stand at attention (which can get tiring or lead to students no longer observing "attention" as they should).
A sample weekly rehearsal schedule is included, as well as drum major and staff responsibilities. (Our drum majors double as field staff.)
Maintaining Your Health in Marching Band
This article contains information on proper footwear, hearing protection, sun protection, hydration, nutrition, and preventing repetitive-use injuries.
Getting in Shape for Marching Band
Stretches and exercises for marching students.
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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.

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