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Webb selected to conduct "Pershing's Own"

LaToya Webb

The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Music would like to congratulate LaToya Webb, graduate teaching assistant, on her selection to attend the 2019 U.S. Army Band Conductors Workshop this summer. Webb is one of only five conductor/participants selected by a national audition process. More notably, she will have the distinction of being the first African American female chosen for this prestigious event.

"When I found out I was selected, I thought, 'Wow, this is the best birthday gift ever!' The official letter of acceptance from the Department of the Army bears my birthdate; something that I will cherish forever. I remember having a spiritual moment, thanking God for this opportunity and sharing the excellent news with my family and friends who were just as excited for me. I felt that I had accomplished a goal, an inner desire, something which I have worked extremely hard for over the years as a double minority in a field dominated by males. Attending The U.S. Army Band Conductors Workshop is a chance in a lifetime opportunity, and I am beyond thankful and honored of being selected," Webb said.  

The United States Army Band, also known as "Pershing's Own," is the premier musical organization of the United States Army and was founded in 1922. Throughout the four-day workshop, Webb will partake in intensive conducting/rehearsing opportunities with the premier ensemble. She will also be mentored by guest clinician Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands at the University of Michigan, and Colonel Andrew Esch, The U.S. Army Band Leader, and Commander. The workshop will culminate in her guest conducting the U.S. Army Band Concert Band in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (Alexandria, Virginia) on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

When asked what she hopes to take away from the conductor workshop, Webb said that she hopes to gain experiences that are beneficial to her life-long goals as a music educator, conductor, musician, and artist. "Additionally, this experience will aid me in reaching my goals to influence the lives of individuals through music, to endeavor to be a culturally diverse role model, and to support students in their trajectory in academics and personal growth," Webb said. 

Webb is a native of Richmond, Virginia and is currently pursuing a PhD in Instrumental Music Education. Webb has been teaching undergraduate courses and is the graduate conductor of the Auburn University Symphonic Winds. Webb also assists with undergraduate instrumental conducting, administration of educational programs and departmental promotional materials. Prior to this position, she was the Music Director and Activities/Events Coordinator at Somerset Prep D.C. in Washington, D.C., and has also taught music in Richmond Public Schools.

"We are proud of LaToya Webb for this national recognition and for her many other accomplishments in the field of instrumental music education," said Dr. Rick Good, director of bands and chair of the Department of Music. 

For more information about Webb, visit: https://cla.auburn.edu/music/faculty-staff/latoya-webb/ 
 

Written by Vicky Santos | Director, News & Media Services | College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University 

Last Updated: August 21, 2019