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Wind Band Conducting Symposium

April 19 April 20

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April 19–20, 202418+Zelazo Center for the Performing Artswind-band-symposium@uwm.edu

The Wind Band Conducting Symposium will focus on enhancing conducting, score study, and wind band teaching. Conducting participants will conduct the UWM Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band while receiving feedback from conducting faculty. Session topics also include conducting pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, and musicianship. Attendees may participate as either a Conducting Participant or an Observing Auditor. Conducting participants will also have the opportunity to conduct one of the large wind bands in concert at the end of the symposium. 


Dr. Thomas Gamboa – Director of Bands, UW-Milwaukee
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Dr. Thomas Gamboa serves as the Director of University Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, Dr. Gamboa oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as music director of the New Music Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premier wind band.

Previously, Dr. Gamboa was the Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Wind Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He served as the music director of the CCM Wind Ensemble, taught undergraduate- and graduate-level conducting courses, supervised music education interns, taught graduate-level wind literature courses, and directed the Doctoral Cognate Program in Wind Conducting.

Dr. Gamboa is originally from San Diego, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Music Performance in bassoon from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University studying with Mallory Thompson, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan studying with Michael Haithcock.

An accomplished conductor, Gamboa previously held the rank of Captain and served active duty as Conductor and Commander of the United States Air Force Band at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He later served as Associate Conductor and Flight Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He earned his commission from Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in February 2011. He traveled with the USAF Band on numerous national and international tours including Spain, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, and Kuwait. In 2011, Gamboa was involved with the planning, execution, and editing of the final television broadcast of the band for their “Holiday Notes from Home 2011” performance, which featured guest artists Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack. The Band of the Air Force Reserve celebrated a historic second nomination for an Emmy Award in Entertainment Programming for this broadcast. The performance was viewed by 1.1 million in 174 countries.

Dr. Gamboa’s scholarly and creative activities include peer-reviewed publications in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Journal, contributed to The Horizon Leans Forward: Stories of Courage, Strength, and Triumph of Underrepresented Communities in the Wind Band Field, presentations throughout the United States and internationally, producing recording albums through Klavier Records, and various guest conducting engagements with honor bands and professional ensembles worldwide including the West Point Band at the U.S. Military Academy.

A seasoned educator, Gamboa taught and served as the Instrumental Music Director and Music Department Chair at West Adams Preparatory High School in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. During his tenure, he founded and conducted the high school’s marching band, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, and symphonic orchestra. He was also an instructor of conducting and chamber music for the National High School Music Institute where he served as Assistant Conductor for the Wind Ensemble. Dr. Gamboa also served as co-conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble Symphonic Winds and music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds. Additionally, Gamboa teaches drum major camps as a Head Instructor with the United Spirit Association during the summer. He currently serves as the Chair of the Conducting Curriculum Team where he designs the conducting program and trains drum major camp instructors. Dr. Gamboa continues to be in demand as a speaker, presenter, and conductor throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Scott Corley – Associate Director of Bands, UW-Milwaukee
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Dr. Scott Corley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. In this capacity, he serves as Assistant Director of University Bands and Music Director of the UWM Youth Wind & Percussion Ensembles program (“UWAY”). Additionally, Dr. Corley directs the Panther (pep) Band, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and assists with the supervision of the University Bands operational area. As a frequent guest conductor with the UWM Wind Ensemble, Dr. Corley has conducted at numerous state, regional, and national conferences.

Scott graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Band Conducting in 2016. At Iowa, he was an Iowa Performance Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and a staff member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Prior to his appointment in Milwaukee, Scott earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina (his home state), and taught in the state’s public schools for four years. He was then awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting. At Georgia, Corley studied trumpet with Fred Mills and conducting with all of the school’s ensemble conductors, and was on the staff of the UGA Redcoat Band.

Since moving to Wisconsin in 2002, Dr. Corley has maintained an active schedule of University service and off-campus activities. He has been clinician/adjudicator and guest conductor for a number of band festivals and middle/high school honor bands. As an advocate of new wind band music, and especially that for young/ developing ensembles, Dr. Corley is frequently involved in commissioning projects, consortia, and assisted in the organization of CBDNA’s Young Band Composition Competition in 2003 and 2005. Dr. Corley has also led numerous premiere performances including works by composers John Mackey and Michael Markowski.

Colonel Jason K. Fettig – Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band & Chamber Orchestra; Director of Bands Designate, University of Michigan

Colonel Jason K. Fettig is an internationally recognized conductor of wind band and orchestra and a highly sought-after educator and clinician. Performances under his baton have occurred in forty-nine U.S. states as well as Japan, the Czech Republic, Austria and The Netherlands, and live concerts have been regularly heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and on national television broadcasts from the White House, on “The Today Show,” the “David Letterman Show” on PBS, NBC and CBS. He has worked with an incredibly wide array of artists from across the entire musical spectrum, from internationally renowned classical artists such as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Joshua Bell, and the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Broadway luminaries Norm Lewis, Jessica Vosk, and Lea Salonga, to pop superstars including Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Lady Gaga.  

Fettig currently serves as the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra, where he is the music adviser to the White House and regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Executive Mansion. He led the musical program for the Inaugurations of President Donald Trump and President Joseph Biden and the State Funeral of George H.W. Bush. He also serves as music director of Washington, D.C.’s historic Gridiron Club, a position held by every Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa. In December of 2023, Fettig will retire from the Marine Band after 26 years of service, and in January of 2024, begin his appointment as professor of conducting and the 8th director of bands at the University of Michigan.  

Fettig has conducted featured performances at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the international conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the national conventions of the American Bandmasters Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He has led concerts at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Boston Symphony Hall, and has twice partnered with the National Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director Gianandrea Noseda for special joint performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  He has also collaborated on numerous occasions with legendary composer and conductor John Williams, most recently sharing conducting with Maestro Williams of a gala concert of music at the Kennedy Center in July, 2023. In May 2019, Fettig and the Marine Band, in partnership with the All-Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, won an Emmy at the 62nd Annual New York Emmy Awards for a program entitled “New England Spirit.” Fettig also represented the Marine Corps at the White House when military bands were awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Donald Trump in 2019.  

Throughout his career, Fettig has been deeply committed to music education. He began an interactive Young People’s Concert series in 2006 and authored, hosted, and conducted this popular annual event until 2015. He has launched innovative new digital programs for world-wide audiences, including a video series entitled the Digital Rehearsal Hall, which provides viewers a behind-the-scenes view into the working rehearsal process of professional musicians. Fettig has served as a clinician or guest conductor at more than 40 universities and colleges. He frequently teaches at conducting symposia both in the U.S. and internationally, and he has appeared as conductor for numerous national Honor and All-State festivals around the country, leading both bands and orchestras. He has presented at the Midwest Clinic on multiple occasions and has served as adjudicator for major competitions, including the Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition and at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.     

In addition to his many live performances, Fettig has conducted or served as lead producer for over 20 publicly-released albums of both traditional and contemporary band and orchestra repertoire. In 2014, Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all of the marches of John Philip Sousa and provide free performance and educational materials online to schools and ensembles worldwide.  His steadfast focus on preserving and celebrating historic band repertoire and performance practice is complemented by a fervent advocacy for contemporary American music. He has commissioned and/or conducted the world premieres of more than forty works, including substantial new pieces by James Stephenson, Jacob Bancks, Jennifer Higdon, Shuying Li, David Rakowski, Stacy Garrop, Narong Prangcharoen, Peter Boyer, Zhou Tian, Jessica Meyer, Michael Gilbertson, Dominick DiOrio, Donald Grantham, and Jonathan Leshnoff. 

Fettig holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in both clarinet performance and music education, and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He serves on the board of directors for several national organizations and is the current President-Elect of The National Band Association. 


Friday, April 19, 2024 Description
9:00 a.m.Check-in for participants and auditors at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Bader Hall
9:30 a.m.Introduction of faculty and participants/auditors in Bader Hall
10:30 a.m.Session on conducting fundamentals led by Dr. Thomas Gamboa
11:15 a.m.Conducting Discussion Topic I: Dr. Scott Corley “Digging Deeper Than Working the Notes on the Page: An Introduction to & Overview of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Model”
12:00 p.m.LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m.Wind Ensemble session with participants
3:50 p.m.End of Wind Ensemble session
4:00 p.m.Symphony Band Session with participants
6:05 p.m.Debrief and follow-ups
6:45 p.m.DINNER at Café Hollander on Downer (Optional)
Saturday, April 19, 2024Description
9:00 a.m.Conducting Discussion Topic II: Professor Jason Fettig “Default Detours”
10:00 a.m.Dress Rehearsal/Session with Wind Ensemble and participants
12:00 p.m.PROVIDED LUNCH (participants, auditors, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Band students)
1:15 p.m.Conducting Discussion Topic III: Dr. Thomas Gamboa “The Trained Body & the Prepared Mind”
2:00 p.m.Q&A Session
2:30 p.m.Dress Rehearsal/Session with Symphony Band and participants
4:30 p.m.Debrief and follow-ups
5:00 p.m.DINNER (on your own)
Prepare for Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble concert
7:00 p.m.Concert call time
7:30 p.m.Concert begins. Symphony Band plays the first half. Then we have an intermission. Wind Ensemble plays the second half.
After concert drinks (Optional)

Public Concert

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Saturday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Bader Hall

The UWM Wind Band Conducting Symposium Concert is a culmination of conducting, score study, and wind band teaching. Participants will conduct the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band after two days of study under Dr. Thomas Gamboa, Director of Bands at UW-Milwaukee; Dr. Scott Corley, Associate Director of Bands at UW-Milwaukee; and guest clinician, Col. Jason K. Fettig, Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra and Director of Bands Designate at the University of Michigan.

Application & Tuition

Conducting Participant$225December 31, 2023
Observing Auditor$75April 19, 2024

Wind Band Conducting Symposium Participants must submit an application including a link to a 15 minute video of conducting either in performance or rehearsal along with a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Observing Auditors do not need to submit a conducting video.

After reviewing materials, applicants will be notified if they have been accepted as a Conducting Participant or Observing Auditor. The notification will also include a link for payment. 

2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211