Department of Music

Auburn University Symphonic Band Performing at CBDNA Conference

Auburn University Symphonic Band Performing at CBDNA Conference

The Auburn University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Rick Good, will perform by invitation at the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) on Friday, February 28 in Jacksonville, FL.  Selection for performance at this prestigious convention is achieved by a highly competitive audition. CBDNA conferences annually feature some of the best collegiate concert ensembles in the United States.  This organization is a group of band and wind ensemble directors who are committed to the performance of wind band literature and the education of instrumental performers. We are extremely proud of our Symphonic Winds and Dr. Good for their selection as a performing ensemble at this year’s conference.

Dr. Good has had an accomplished and productive career that has been marked with numerous honors and awards. Most recently, he was elected into membership into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929 by John Philip Sousa, with only 300 conductors and composers in the United States and Canada.  During his career, he has been an invited lecturer or presenter at dozens of professional meetings and conferences, an invited guest conductor of All-State bands across the country, and an invited adjudicator and performer, enabling him to work throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Featured in the Symphonic Band program is Dr. David Odom performing the Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble by Frank Ticheli. Dr. Odom has a multifaceted career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral musician, and educator. He has performed across the U.S. and Japan working with renowned performers, conductors and composers. He is Principal Clarinet of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Principal Clarinet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. A busy recitalist, Dr. Odom presents creative programming that combines standard repertoire, transcriptions, and newly composed works. In addition to his performance schedule, Dr. Odom is in demand as teacher, clinician and adjudicator. He has given presentations, master classes, and clinics at several national conferences and universities. He is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Auburn University and mentors aspiring clarinetists from all regions of the country.

Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble was commissioned in 2010 jointly by Swedish-American clarinetist Häkan Rosengren and the California State University Fullerton Wind Symphony under the direction of Mitch Fennel. Frank Ticheli was greatly influenced by Häkan Rosengren’s fiery virtuosity combined with his poignantly beautiful sound. The concerto’s three movements are composed as tributes to three 20th century American icons: George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein.

The program will also feature Dr. Corey Spurlin, Associate Director of Bands, as conductor for Blow It Up, Start Again by Jonathan Newman. Blow It Up, Start Again was originally commissioned in 2011 by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and their director, Allen Tinkham. The piece is a musical depiction of the famous Guy Fawkes “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605. This long-lived tale describes an infamous attempt to return the English Parliament to Catholic rule by blowing it up.  Dr. Spurlin serves as Associate Director of Bands, Marching Band Director, and Associate Professor of Music at Auburn University. In addition to his work with the Sudler-winning Auburn Marching Band and Pep Band, Dr. Spurlin conducts the Concert Band, Campus Band, and is associate conductor of the Symphonic Band. He also teaches courses in wind band literature, music history, and marching band techniques.

The Auburn University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Director of Bands and Professor of Music, Dr. Rick Good, is the premier performing ensemble of the Auburn University Bands. A select group of 53 instrumentalists, the Symphonic Winds performs a broad and diverse repertoire of standard and contemporary band literature along with occasional transcriptions. Membership in the Symphonic Winds is by audition and is open to any Auburn student regardless of major.  This group has performed in conjunction with Alabama Bandmasters Association events and undertakes tours within the southern region of the United States each spring.  In spring 2012, the ensemble performed in The People’s Republic of China with concerts in Jinan, Xuzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai on a tour organized by the United States – China Cultural and Educational Foundation.

The concert program is rounded out with Mare Tranquilitatis (Sea of Tranquility) by Roger Zare and Sound and Smoke by Viet Cuong. The group will perform in route to Jacksonville at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA and at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Palm Coast, FL before their debut performance for the CBDNA Conference at the University of North Florida. This performance featuring Auburn University students and faculty is a significant opportunity to showcase our outstanding band program and a singular honor. Drs. Good, Odom, and Spurlin are to be congratulated for their excellence in achieving this honor and commended for their selection as performers at this important conference.

Last Updated: February 24, 2014