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Nov 26

Dr. Gershman Conducting Masterclass – Meet the Conductors

Meet the Conductors for the Fall 2012 Conducting Masterclass!

The NBA-IU Board is proud to present the six conductors for our Fall 2012 conducting masterclass with Dr. Gershman this year!

We would like to remind those who haven’t RSVPed to play in the ensemble to please do so by filling out this form and joining the event on Facebook.

Jeremy Sison

Conducting Masterclass

Jeremy is from Glendale Heights, IL.  He is a senior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music pursuing a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education with a minor in wind conducting.  While at Indiana, Jeremy has participated in the Marching Hundred, Big Red Basketball Band, Crabb Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Summer Band, All-Campus Band (on clarinet, horn, and oboe), and Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (on clarinet).  Though trombone is his primary instrument, Jeremy enjoys playing piano and clarinet.  One of Jeremy’s favorite ensemble experiences was playing clarinet with the Wheaton Municipal Band who will be performing at the Midwest Clinic this year.

This fall, Jeremy worked on staff with the Pride of Paoli Marching Band who received 3rd place in their class at the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional and 4th place in Class D at the ISSMA state finals.  Jeremy will be student teaching with this fifteen-time state championship program this spring.

Jeremy is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, and the International Trombone Association.  He served as the treasure of NAfME-IU last year and was a founding member of the NBA-IU.  Besides music, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his friends and family, especially his five nieces and nephews.

Neil Hicks

Neil Hicks, a junior from Chesterton, Indiana, is majoring in music education at the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music, where he is also a member of the Hutton Honors College. In addition to both band and orchestral certification, he is pursuing minors in conducting and jazz studies. Neil’s principal instrument is saxophone, and his primary teachers here at IU have been Otis Murphy and Thomas Walsh. He has performed with the IU Concert Band, the Jeremy Allen Big Band, the Nexus Saxophone Quartet, and the Marching Hundred. He also serves as the treasurer for NAfME- IU and maintains an active membership in NBA-IU. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing disc golf and reading.

Amanda Gardier

Amanda Gardier, a junior from St. Charles, IL, is currently pursing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a minor in Jazz Studies in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her primary instrument is the saxophone, but she is also proficient on the flute and clarinet. While at IU, Amanda has performed in the Wallarab Jazz Ensemble (lead alto sax), Latin Jazz Ensemble (lead alto sax), A.I. Jazz Ensemble (lead alto sax), Concert Band (principal alto sax), Summer Band (flute), Marching Hundred (clarinet), Soul Revue (alto sax/flute), Singing Hoosiers (tenor sax), and jazz combos. Outside of IU, Amanda performs regularly with the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra, the Bloomingtones Big Band, freelance jazz combos, and in the pit orchestras of local theater productions.

In the summer of 2012, Amanda was selected to play alto saxophone in the Disney All-American College Band, where she performed with Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Culbertson, and other guest artists. As an educator, Amanda has worked as a tutor and teaching assistant at St. Charles North HighSchool, a volunteer assistant at Delnor Community Hospital, a volunteer at the IMEA All-State Conference and Bloomington Jazz Festival, and as a private saxophone and clarinet instructor at Fairview Elementary School.

Roy Parks

Roy Park is currently a senior in the Jacobs School studying clarinet performance under Prof. Howard Klug. A native of Dallas, TX, Roy has performed in each of the orchestras at Indiana University and performs regularly with the Columbus, IN Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in the IU Summer Wind Ensemble led by Dr. Stephen Pratt. Aside from playing the clarinet, he enjoys trying to gain his piano chops back and watching football.

Jacob Flynn

Jacob Flynn, a senior from Riegelwood, North Carolina, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education as well as a minor in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.   Although he primarily studies oboe with Professor Roger Roe, Jacob also enjoys singing and playing other woodwind instruments as well as trumpet in the IU Marching Hundred.  Jacob is a member of the IU chapters of the National Band Association and the National Association for Music Education.

While at IU, Jacob has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic, Concert and University Orchestras, Concert/Symphonic Bands, IU Marching Hundred and the International Vocal Ensemble.  Jacob held the principal oboe position in the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years as well as English horn in the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra on a few occasions.  Jacob has also performed with the North Carolina All-State Honors Band for several seasons.

Erich Rieppel

Erich Rieppel is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Percussion Performance degree with a minor in conducting.  He has been principal timpanist of the I.U. Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra.  He was a participant of the Aspen Music Festival in 2011.  In December 2011, Erich was Principal Timpanist of the New York String Orchestra, a prestigious student orchestra with performances in Carnegie Hall.  “…and the timpanist, Erich Rieppel, jousted mightily with Mr. Watts in the boisterous finale.” – By the New York Times on a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.  As a conductor, Erich is progressing through IU’s undergraduate conducting curriculum, while also conducting a student-made orchestra, Sinfonietta, who gave their first performance last year. The group won the Project Jumpstart Video Competition and plans to perform more in the music school and community.